Monday, May 9, 2011

Phillies Injury Updates

The list of Phillies that are on the DL is pretty long and not something you like to see this early in the season. However, it looks like that list will start get smaller. J.C. Romero came off the DL on 5/4 and pitched pretty well this past weekend.  Joe Blanton is scheduled to start tonight in Florida. Carlos Ruiz is eligible to come off the DL on Friday 5/13 and will most likely be playing in a few rehab games down in Clearwater this week. Jose Contreras will start throwing off the mound tomorrow and could be making some rehab appearances later on this week as well. Roy Oswalt is about 1 rehab start away from re-joining the big club. Oswalt was put on the DL due to back issues this past weekend. However, it is retro-active back to April 27th. The forgotten man Brad Lidge will begin his throwing program in 10 days. The man that everyone is keeping a close watch on is Chase Utley. Utley went 5-7 with 2 homeruns in his first game in extended spring training. He is scheduled to play in another game today. This is very good news for Phillies nation. 

Despite all of these early season injuries the Phils have started 22-11 and are 2 and 3.5 games in front of the Marlins and Braves respectively. This makes this current 8 game road trip (3 in Fla, 3 in Atl, 2 in Stl) a great early season test for the Fightin’ Phils. Stay Tuned…

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