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  1. Carlos Ruiz may not have an oblique strain after all

    Jun 16, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    UPDATE: The Phillies might have caught a break. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Ruiz believes he suffered a cramp in his side last night rather than an oblique strain. He is scheduled to take batting practice today and could be back in the Phillies’ lineup in the next couple of days. 9:22 AM: It’s…

  2. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    The Question

    We did the Twitter questions thing again last night. Let’s go: Q: How do the Braves end up as “your” team if you grew up in WV, TBS? Yep. That and an electric attraction to Andres Thomas. Q: Will Ryan Braun be elected to start the All-Star Game even with the PED cloud over his head? He’s…

  3. Chase Utley homers in first extended spring training game

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Chase Utley AP

    Get excited, Phillies fans. Chase Utley played in a baseball game this afternoon. According to John Finger of CSNPhilly.com, Utley went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double while serving as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game. While it was an encouraging first step, it’s not clear when Utley will be ready…

  4. Giancarlo Stanton went from one homer in April to MLB’s best hitter in May

    May 31, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Giancario Stanton

    Giancarlo Stanton homered 56 times in his first 250 career games, but when he began this season by going homerless in his first 19 games there were plenty of questions about what was wrong with the 22-year-old Marlins slugger. It turns out, the answer was … nothing. Stanton snapped his homerless streak on April 29…

  5. Phillies don’t expect Ryan Howard back before July

    May 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    There’s been a lot more secrecy than firm timetables when it comes to Ryan Howard‘s recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon, but today Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. finally offered some news on the first baseman’s status. Asked by Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com if Howard would be able to return at some point in…

  6. Ryan Howard, Chase Utley take live batting practice

    May 25, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    utley ap

    Ryan Howard and Chase Utley continue to inch their way back to playing shape. Yesterday Utley took batting practice and then some grounders.  According to the report by Bob Brookover, however, the infield practice was limited and, given that playing second is what gives his knee the most trouble, there’s a lot of reason for…

  7. Ryan Howard’s second surgery sounds like it was kinda gross

    May 24, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Remember when Ryan Howard had his setback back in February and people talked about it like it was no big thing, infections happen and it’s all good. Well, it may be all good soon, but what they had to do to deal with his setback sounded like a big thing. Or at least a gross…

  8. The Phillies are accused of secrecy regarding Ryan Howard; Ruben Amaro plays defense

    May 21, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    There were two interesting articles in yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer: Bob Brookover reported how he was removed from Bright House Field in Clearwater last week while trying to cover Ryan Howard‘s rehab; and Frank Fitzpatrick questioned the Phillies’ giving Howard a cortisone shot in September and quotes medical experts who suggest that the shot could have contributed to…

  9. Sore elbow sends Phillies starter Vance Worley to DL

    May 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Vance Worley

    Yesterday the Phillies announced that Vance Worley wouldn’t be making his scheduled start today because of a sore elbow and now they’ve placed him on the disabled list with inflammation. Kyle Kendrick will step into Worley’s rotation spot beginning tonight versus the Cubs and the Phillies called up left-handed reliever Joe Savery to take his…

  10. Ryan Howard takes batting practice

    May 8, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    ryan howard reuters

    Ryan Howard took batting practice yesterday, the first time he’s done so since being cleared for baseball activities at the end of April.  Ruben Amaro was pleased, calling it “progress.” The next step will be a minor league rehab assignment, though there’s no timetable for that.  The thinking is still that he’ll return to the…

  11. Comment of the Day: If you’re gonna be Old School, be Old School

    May 7, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    hamels wide ap

    The Hamels stuff has been fun today.  The upshot, based on the comments: I’m a big wimp who never played baseball and I hate the Phillies and I should stop whining and Zimmerman did it too.  Which is what I expected.  I’m a big boy and can handle it.  Of course I still haven’t seen…

  12. Ryan Howard cleared for baseball activities, heading to Phillies’ spring training complex

    Apr 28, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

    ryan howard reuters

    Hey, it’s positive Ryan Howard health news! According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the 32-year-old first baseman has been cleared for baseball activities and will report to the Phillies’ spring training complex in Clearwater, Florida on Monday morning to begin daily workouts. He will begin by fielding ground balls and playing catch before progressing to…

  13. Ryan Howard to be off baseball activities one more week; Pence to have an MRI

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    The Phillies announced that they’re going to keep Ryan Howard from baseball activities for one more week today. Ruben Amaro: “Howard’s wound has gotten smaller and is healing. We’ve been advised to limit his activities for one more week to allow it to continue to heal. We hope that he will be able to re-start his…

  14. Ryan Howard could be cleared for more baseball activities soon

    Apr 21, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Ryan Howard‘s rehab from Achilles tendon surgery, mostly because he hasn’t been doing a whole lot. While he ditched his protective boot about a month ago, he has been limited to strength exercises and basic on-field work. However, things could change soon. Phillies general manager Ruben…

  15. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    The Question

    Another round of Twitter questions, some of which I held back for the next edition of HBT Extra. These, however, did not make the video cut. Which is cool, because as we all know, the non-video ones are usually more fun. Anyway: Q: So…what would you say, ya do here? Well look, I already told you!…

  16. Ryan Howard begins construction on a $23 million house with a “lazy river”

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Phillies' Howard smiles after scoring the game-winning run against the Astros during their National League baseball game in Philadelphia

    Via Crossing Broad we learn that Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is set to begin construction on a $23 million gulf coast home. And it has fun stuff like this: Special features include “a Venice-style lazy river running from the swimming pool underneath a series of bridges” and a bowling alley on the ground level…

  17. Springtime Storylines: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut?

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel Reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut? The short answer? No, I don’t see how…

  18. Jim Thome plays five innings at first base, doesn’t fall apart

    Mar 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome hasn’t played an inning at first base since 2007, when he started one game for the White Sox, but yesterday the 41-year-old designated hitter played half a game there and managed to avoid any injuries. He won’t be replacing Ryan Howard, but the Phillies are trying to at least prepare Thome for occasional…

  19. Placido Polanco took batting practice, “felt pretty good”

    Mar 22, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    polanco ap

    Placido Polanco took live batting practice today and afterward said that his sprained left index finger “felt pretty good.” Polanco has been out of the lineup since injuring his finger diving back into first base Sunday and according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer most of the swelling has subsided, but there’s no return…

  20. Ryan Howard ditches protective boot, cleared for workouts

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    ryan howard ap

    Ryan Howard took a big step in his recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon today, as doctors cleared him to stop wearing a protective boot and start working out. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Howard’s first post-boot workout involved fielding ground balls at first base while sitting on a stool, so he’s…

  21. Chase Utley leaves Phillies camp to see knee specialist, “doubtful” for Opening Day

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    utley ap

    Chase Utley kept sitting out games and the Phillies kept insisting it was precautionary and simply an effort to keep him from wearing down during the long regular season, but now it’s clear his chronic knee problems are a much bigger issue than the team was letting on. Utley has left Phillies camp and will…

  22. Ryan Howard’s timetable pushed back to late May, early June

    Mar 16, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard rehabbing

    This is probably expected given his recent infection/setback/whatever Ruben Amaro wants to call it, but Jon Heyman reports that Ryan Howard‘s projected return date has been pushed back about a month. The expectation at the moment: late May or early June. Just sayin’ now: the presence of Mayberry and Wigginton notwithstanding, I want lots of Jim…

  23. Ryan Howard cleared for light exercise

    Mar 14, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    ryan howard reuters

    It’s been over two weeks since Ryan Howard underwent a procedure to remove an infection around his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon.  He’s been in a walking boot all that time and has not been doing any kind of workouts. But that’s about to change as he’s been cleared for “light exercise.” He’s still in the…

  24. Phillies GM acknowledges Ryan Howard “could be backed up for a while” due to infection

    Mar 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    howard reuters

    The Phillies have downplayed the severity of the infection that developed two weeks ago around Ryan Howard‘s surgically-repaired Achilles tendon. But it sure sounds like a pretty major setback. According to beat reporter Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Howard will be in a walking boot for the next 10 days as he recovers from…

  25. You asked me questions on Twitter. So I shall answer them.

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    The Question

    It was a long offseason, my friends. A light winter in these parts but a harsh one all the same. The usual offseason non-stories seemed even less-satisfying than normal. On a personal level, I spent many long, dark hours searching for meaning and happiness in a world that seemed uncompromising, unforgiving and indifferent to humanity.…

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