The Phillies have had a lot of success in games started by Jonathan Pettibone, and if they want any hope at hitting .500 by Memorial Day, they will need that trend to continue Saturday when they face Dan Haren and the Nationals.
The bad news is that the Phillies have lost their most consistent hitter until June 5, at the earliest. The good news is it could have been worse.
Mike Adams threw a bullpen session Friday in Clearwater, Fla., and the Phillies said he will be activated Sunday in time for their series finale against the Nationals.
Mike Stutes offered the Phillies' bullpen some reliability as a rookie in 2011. They hope he can provide more of the same this season.
Michael Martinez took Chase Utley's spot on the 25-man roster when the Phillies placed Utley on the disabled list Thursday because of a strained right oblique
The Phillies did little right in a 5-2 loss to the Nationals at Nationals Park on Friday. Kyle Kendrick allowed eight hits, five runs, four walks and struck out one in five innings, although he did not have the best defense behind him.
The Phillies announced that Chase Utley, who felt a burning sensation on his right side when taking swings during batting practice Monday in Miami, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with what they have called a "very mild" Grade 1 strained oblique. He is eligible to be activated June 5.
The Phillie Phanatic was greeted with cheers and danced with students as part of a Phillies pep rally at Seaview Elementary School. The celebration was to honor third-grader Ethan Levine, who won the New Jersey Education Association's "Educators who inspire me" essay contest with a submission about his language arts teacher, Tracey Meister.
Washington's Davey Johnson and Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel, two managers without guaranteed contracts for next season, will be sitting in opposite dugouts at Nationals Park on Friday night.
The only offseason question between the Phillies and Nationals seemed to be how far behind the Phils would be in the National League East standings when they played the Nats for the first time in May. It turns out that just one game separates them in the standings 47 games in.
Crafting his 12th career shutout, Cliff Lee allowed three hits, two walks and struck out five in the Phillies' 3-0 series-clinching victory over the Marlins on Wednesday night at Marlins Park. Delmon Young hit his second solo homer in as many nights to provide Lee with all the run support he would need.
Phillies setup man Mike Adams took a step closer to his return Wednesday when he threw a bullpen session at Marlins Park. Adams is on the disabled list because of a strained back.
Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay reported Monday to Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., to begin a rehab program following right shoulder surgery.
The Phillies announced Wednesday that Brad Lidge will formally retire as a member of the Phillies before their Aug. 1 game against the Giants at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies will have Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning represent them in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft next month. Scott Palmer, the club's director of public affairs, will also represent the Phils at the Draft.
The Phillies did not seem terribly bothered that Marlins pitcher Alex Sanabia spit on a baseball after allowing a home run Monday to Domonic Brown. "He did?" Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "That's good. I didn't see it."
It will take much more than a penny for Cole Hamels' thoughts.Hamels signed a six-year, $144 million contract extension last summer, so he certainly doesn't need the money. He declined for a second day to discuss his frustrations following Monday's 5-1 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park.
Ryan Howard has thought about the long-term prognosis for his balky left knee. He tried his hand at gallows humor to discuss those concerns Tuesday at Marlins Park. "I guess if I blow up, then I'd be worried about that then," he said. But Howard was back in Tuesday's lineup, which is a positive short-term development.
Supporting Tyler Cloyd's strong seven-inning performance, the Phillies tied a season high with 15 hits in a 7-3 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. Ryan Howard led the attack in his return to the lineup, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs, while Delmon Young and Domonic Brown each drove in a pair.
The Phillies placed Carlos Ruiz on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a Grade 2 strained hamstring. He is expected to be sidelined three to four weeks, based on the size and location of the tear.
The Phillies lost to the lowly Marlins at Marlins Park, 5-1, on Monday night, wasting a fine pitching performance from Cole Hamels and erasing any warm, fuzzy feelings following Sunday's dramatic ninth-inning comeback against the Reds.
The Phillies placed right-handed reliever Mike Adams on the disabled list Monday because of a strained back. The move is retroactive to May 11, meaning Adams can be activated as early as Sunday.
Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard missed much of last season following surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles. He then had a cortisone injection in his left knee Sunday in Philadelphia because of inflammation and changes in his meniscus. He was unavailable to play Monday, but the Phillies said he is day to day.
Ryan Howard will have a precautionary MRI on Monday to take a look at his sore left knee.
Stymied for most of the day, the Phillies came alive vs. Aroldis Chapman, as Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis hit back-to-back homers for a 3-2, walk-off win over the Reds on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies' bullpen is not just allowing small deficits to get out of hand, but the team's relievers are allowing inherited runners to score at a staggering rate.
The Phillies announced Sunday that they will call up right-hander Tyler Cloyd from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start Tuesday against the Marlins.
Ben Revere made his return to the Phillies' lineup Sunday after beginning the previous four games on the bench.
Michael Young has his first baseman's mitt in his locker every time he goes to the ballpark, but until Sunday, it had not served him a purpose this season.
Charlie Manuel said he knows games like the Phillies had Saturday can have a snowball effect. Nothing went right, as Philadelphia was shut out for the sixth time this season and fell to the Cincinnati Reds, 10-0, at Citizens Bank Park.