A BIG Ouch!

July 27, 2007

Tonight’s Lineup
Bourn, cf; Victorino, rf; Rollins, ss; Howard, 1b; Burrell, lf; Dobbs, 3b; Ruiz, c; Nunez, 2b; Moyer, p.

A Big Ouch!
Seeing Chase Utley get hit by that pitch yesterday sent my tummy tumbling.  Then, after he scored a run, he high-fived his teammates in the dugout with his left hand.   Not a good sign. Being as touch as nails, he finished the game.

There’s an x-ray room in the athletic trainer’s area of the clubhouse.  No more transporting an injured player to a hospital for x-rays as was the case when we were at the Vet. 

The results turned fear into reality, a broken hand.

A definite potential MVP candidate this season, Chase will be missed.   The surgery this a.m. was 20 minutes in length.  Recovery time is up to four weeks.

Pat Gillick said in spring training he thought this team had character and that character would help carry the club through the tough times.  There are always tough times in a 162-game schedule.   Other key injuries have happened and this club has remained in the hunt.

Chase echoed Pat’s feelings yesterday when he said, “This team has a lot of character.”

Charlie Manuel has kept the team afloat when all the wheels could have come off.  The team hasn’t quit and it won’t.

Afternoon Activity
Phillies are usually on the field to begin stretching at 4.  Today, there was activity on the field starting an hour earlier.

Abraham Nunez took ground balls at second base for 15 minutes . . . Davey Lopes worked with Michael Bourn on base-running, getting leads off second base . . . Pat Burrell, Wes Helms, Greg Dobbs, Carlos Ruiz were all taking extra batting practice under the watchful eyes of Charlie Manuel and Milt Thompson.

Roster moves included activating Brett Myers, optioning Michael Zagurski to AAA, purchasing 2B Joe Thurston from Ottawa and putting Utley on the DL.


Picking up Iguchi as a short term fix might work…but shows a lack of support for Nunez. I would have looked to the Cubs and made an offer for Theriot..an all around excellent fielder and .300 hitter with speed. A month or so ago when the Cubs were having problems at the catching position they could have probably gotten Theriot for Coste.

As a fan, you love to make outlandish deals as if players were game pieces. These are people with families; the contracts involved have to be gone over with a fine-toothed comb; the player’s union gets involved and team organizations have to meet their business needs.
Like any business, they are trying to work within a budget and get the most value for their dollar. They hope to not obtain damaged goods and they don’t want other team’s problems. Fans seem to think it’s just picking up the phone and saying, “Roy Oswalt for A.J. Happ” or “Burrell for Johan Santana”. That only works in fantasy baseball or computer games. If I was a player, living with my family in Philly, I’m certainly going to discuss the trade/relocation options with my family first. I want to stay in my comfort zone. Loyalty exists only as far as a dollar takes it. Why should I disrupt my life so the team can get a closer, or a starter, or whatever?

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