Big Weekend Series Starts

Tonight’s Lineup, the first game of a big weekend series:
Rollins, ss
Victorino, cf
Utley, 2b
Howard, 1b
Burrell, lf
Feliz, 3b
Coste, c
Taguchi, rf
Myers, p

Draft Countdown
6 more days until the First-Year Player Draft.

Marti Wolever and his crew worked until 10:30 last night.  Concentration was on ranking more high school pitchers and starting the same process with high school position players.  Three of the eight magnetic boards are now starting to fill up with names in blue (college players) and red (high school).

Speaking of colors, there are three colored dots that may appear on a player’s name plate: red
(medical alert), green (signability issues) and orange (college senior).

Area scouts have players fill out questionnaires that includes reports on present and past injuries. (“A” indicates minimal concerns; “B”, more serious and “C” very serious).  Part of scouting is also being aware of injuries.  The medical reports are passed on to Dr. Michael Ciccotti, who reviews each and every report.  Former head athletic trainer, Jeff Cooper, also sees all the medical reports.  “Coop” serves as an advisor because of his knowledge and experience of dealing with the various types of injuries.  He’s one of the best when it comes to rehabbing injured players.

What’s Happening
Chris Coste will be signing his book from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Majestic Clubhouse Store, Citizens Bank Park . . . Mike Lieberthal will throw out the first ball on Sunday and officially retire from baseball as a member of the Phillies organization . . . WTBS will nationally televise the next two Sunday games. 

This Date
In Phillies history……..
1935 LF Babe Ruth, playing for the Boston Braves, was hitless in one at-bat against the Phillies, the last major league game for “The Bambino”.  Phillies win, 11-6, in first game of a doubleheader at Baker Bowl.
1981 LHP Steve Carlton defeats St. Louis, 6-1, at the Vet to lift the Phillies into first place.  Carlton is 40-9, including the 1980 postseason, after Dallas Green took over as manager in August 1979.  
1982 LHP Steve Carlton wins 191st game with Phillies, moving into second place on the club’s alltime list ahead of Grover Cleveland Alexander.


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