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Philadelphia Phillies: One Concern About Every Player on the Roster
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The Philadelphia Phillies are the type of team that, after the 2011 season, you can't be quite sure whether or not the glass is half full or half empty.

On one hand, there is reason to be optimistic.

Heading into Spring Training last season, the Phillies were already up against the injury bug. We learned that Chase Utley wouldn't be ready to start at second base on Opening Day, and Brad Lidge succumbed to yet another arm issue.

As the season progressed, however, the Phillies became a healthy team. Now, heading into the 2012 season, the only player dealing with a significant injury is Ryan Howard, and the rest of the team appears good to go.

On the other hand, there are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic as well.

Though they may be healthy, it would be foolish not to question whether or not the Phillies are still one of baseball's elite teams. Several players have dealt with declining production, and after having World Series hopes last season, the club was sent packing early.

With Spring Training just around the bend, it's time once again to put the Phillies' roster under the microscope, picking apart their strengths and weaknesses for the 2012 season. This slideshow will illustrate one cause of concern for every player on the roster.

For up to the minute Phillies information, check out Greg's blog: The Phillies Phactor.

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