Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training News Update

Rupert PupkinCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2009

Is Ruiz hurt?

Carlos Ruiz was injured in Panama’s World Baseball Classic game yesterday.  Although no official word has been released, sources tell me it could be a pinched nerve in Ruiz’s neck.

Panama manager Hector Lopez met the media yesterday and said, “Well, let’s see. We have to wait until tomorrow to see what the doctor says.”

If Ruiz is hurt it would add another reason onto the rapidly growing list of reasons the World Baseball “Classic” is poorly planned.  The timing of the event inhibits players to prepare for the season in the best way possible.  Now we have people getting hurt.


Phils Swept in Double Header:

The Phillies lost both games of their Friday night double header.  In the night cap, Chan Ho Park pitched and surrendered just one run in four innings, striking out four and walking none.  Geoff Jenkins contributed all three RBI with a two-run double in the fourth and a sacrafice fly in the sixth.

In the early game, Brett Myers was touched for five earned runs in three innings, yielding homers to Scott Rolen and Kevin Millar. Myers was working on his changeup, which he used only seven percent of the time last season, according to Jason Weitzel’s 2009 Phillies Annual.



Kyle Kendrick pitched Wednesday against Team USA.  Kendrick’s line (2-2/3 innings, 5 hits, 4 ER) appears worse than how he actually pitched. Team USA got to him in the third with a series of well-placed singles and a wind-blown home run to left by Chipper Jones. He was also hurt by some sloppy fielding, with the Phillies committing three errors, including two by Ryan Howard.

Kendrick showed little professional composure, which is where the real trouble lies for pitching coach Rich Dubee.  Dubee stated Kendrick's reactions were “poor” and “unacceptable.”

Here’s our updated chart: (Updated 3/7/09 10:00 AM)



Link it Up!

On my blog, Phillie Phanatics, we have a new weekly feature called Link it Up!  I figured I'd share the first edition with you:

So, what is link it up?  Each week I will find 10 stories of importance, humor, or interest and provide a link to them here.  I encourage you to follow the links an read the stories… I promise they won’t disappoint.  Also please submit stories for Link it Up! consideration to

So without further adieu our first edition of Link It Up! (in no particular order)

1) A porn star talks about her relationship with Pat Burrell: The Fightins!

2) Your favorite Phillies are matched to Garbage Pail Kids: We Should Be GMs

3) Curt Schilling discusses the importance of Tape Recorders and his future in Baseball: 38 Pitches

4) Bill Conlin lists his all time bad boy Phillies roster: Philadelphia Daily News

5) Cole Hamels talks baseball: The Phillies Nation

6) Phillies fans threatened Geoff Geary’s fiancee?: The Houston Chronicle

7) Kendrick has a bad start: Beerleaguer

8.) Scott Lauber writes about John Mayberry:

9) Does Utley’s offense overshadow his defense?: Balls, Sticks & Stuff

10) Howard puts foul ball through press box wall: The Zo Zone


Programming updates:

My blog, Phillie Phanatics,  is now on Facebook.  The best way to support it is to read and comment on it.  If you're into the whole Facebook thing, you can become our fan: here

We have upcoming interviews with: Andy Martino, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s new beat writer (Tuesday); Scott Lauber, of the Wilmington News Journal (This weekend); and Chris Wheeler, from the Phillies broadcast team (later in spring training)

Note: Some Recaps of non televised games were edited from a Beerleaguer correspondent’s report