Philadelphia Phillies' Recent News

Rupert PupkinCorrespondent IApril 4, 2009

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 01:  Manager Charlie Manuel #41 of the Philadelphia Phillies checks the lineup before play against the New York Yankees at George Steinbrenner Field April 1, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Wow! The Phillies did some major house cleaning in the last few days. Here are the highlights:


The Phillies name Brett Myers opening day starter

Charlie Manuel confirmed this on Tuesday. Hamels is scheduled to pitch in Colorado, Apr. 10.  Here’s the rest of the Phillies’ week one probables:

Apr. 5 vs. Braves: Myers
Apr. 7 vs. Braves: Jamie Moyer
Apr. 8 vs. Braves: Joe Blanton
Apr. 10 at Colorado: Cole Hamels
Apr. 11 at Colorado: Myers
Apr. 12 at Colorado: Chan Ho Park


The Phillies announce that Chan Ho Park will be the fifth starter

All the time we’ve spent profiling the starters and discussing the options has boiled down to this...Chan Ho Park will be the fifth starter and J.A. Happ will start in the ‘pen.  David Murphy, of the Philadelphia Daily News, describes it best, ”[Park] simply did not give the reason for the Phillies to not give him the fifth spot in the rotation.”


The Phillies release Geoff Jenkins

One thing that’s been lost in this plethora of news is the class that Geoff Jenkins handled his release with.   “I knew that there was a lot of left-handed hitters, so I knew someone was going to be the odd man out at some point,” Jenkins told the assembled media. “I don’t regret anything, one minute that I was here.”


The Phillies don't sign Gay Sheffield

Ruben Amaro Jr. said that the team had spoken with Gary Sheffield’s agent.  Sheffield, 40, was released by the Tigers Tuesday. However, Gary Sheffield is now a Met.  I’m not all that upset that the Phillies didn’t sign him. 

He’s been known to disrupt clubhouses, and at this point, he’s only in it for the numbers.  I don’t see him helping the Mets all that much, but I would have definitely rather seen him sign here or in Cincy.


The Phillies sign Manny Ayala

Once again, David Murphy has the report: “The Phillies have acquired minor-league right-hander Manny Ayala from the Padres for a player to be named later. Ayala, 24, went 6-4 with a 5.23 ERA for Double A- San Antonio last season and 1-0 wtih a 2.25 ERA in two appearances at Triple A Portland.”

He’ll be spending a lot of time in the minors this year for the Phillies too.  Don’t expect to see him with the big club anytime soon.


Bobby Mosebach back to Angels

Despite an attempt by the Phillies to keep him, Bobby Mosebach is heading back west.   Mosebach did not impress this spring, statistically, going 0-0 with a 9.39 ERA in 7.2  innings in the Grapefruit League, but the Phillies liked his arm.

Happ and Taschner named to bullpen
The Phillies announced that J.A. Happ and Jack Taschner have made the final two spots in the bullpen. This makes Gary Majewski the odd man out. Majewski is expected to start the year in Triple-A, but don’t forget his name, he could play a role in the Phillies ‘pen later this season.



- Marcus Giles has been released.
- John Mayberry Jr. and Carlos Carrasco have been optioned to Minor League camp.
- Mike Koplove, Jason Ellison and Pablo Ozuna have been told they will not be making the 25-man roster, but will accompany the team to Philadelphia for the On Deck Series on Friday and Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citizens Bank Park.

Some information and quotes taken from High Cheese and The Zo Zone

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