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Phillies’ bats batter the Braves in 14-1 victory

July 11 Camden Courier-Post

If there was a fitting conclusion to the first half of the season for these Phillies, it came before Sunday’s game rather than after it.  A few hours before Cole Hamels threw his first pitch, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock planted himself atop the bench in the home dugout, his young son seated next to him. For three full minutes — without interruption — Proefrock ran off a list of the Phillies’ injured players from memory, noting their latest progress and prognosis.  For a team that has seen 12 different players make a total of 16 trips to the disabled list — not counting Placido Polanco’s current back injury — this was an appropriate coda for the first half.

Contreras to see surgeon. Time to worry?

July 11 Allentown Morning Call

Team physician Dr. Michael Cicotti described Jose Contreras’ right forearm strain as “very mild” on June 25.  Three weeks have passed, and things not only don’t look any better, but his prognosis could actually be a whole lot worse.  Contreras will get a second opinion from well-known orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles this week, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock before Sunday’s game against Atlanta.

Polanco won’t risk playing in All-Star Game

July 11 Camden Courier-Post

The Phillies will send five players to Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but at most, two will actually play.  After being elected the starting third baseman for the National League, Placido Polanco had been determined to participate in the game, but after meeting with GM Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel on Saturday night, the decision was made to sit out the game and rest his back for the second half of the season.  “I wanted to play, but we decided it would be best for me and the team to take it off and not risk it,” said Polanco, who still plans to fly to Arizona for the All-Star festivities despite not playing in the game.

Phils prospects Cosart, Valle stand out in Phoenix

July 11 CSN Philly

While Cole Hamels and Carlos Ruiz formed the starting battery that helped the Phillies win their 57th game of the season Sunday in Philadelphia, a potential Phils’ battery of the future helped Major League Baseball kick off festivities for All-Star week.  And they did it quite impressively.  Pitcher Jarred Cosart and catcher Sabastian Valle, both members of the Single A Clearwater Threshers, shined in Sunday’s Futures Game, the annual showcase of the game’s top prospects, at Chase Field, site of Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.

Phils hope Big Three hold up in 2nd half

July 11 Camden Courier-Post columnist Martin Frank

We saw a weekend where Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels gave up a total of four runs in 23 innings against the Atlanta Braves. That computes to a 1.57 ERA.  Still, the Phillies only won two of the three games. Of the starting pitchers, only Hamels posted a victory after the Phillies pounded the Braves 14-1 on Sunday.

Utility man Martinez may prove vital for Phillies

July 11 CSN Philly

Unworried by the prospect of a five-hour flight resulting in a needlessly aggravated back, the Phillies are allowing Placido Polanco and his bugling disc to travel to Phoenix to enjoy the spoils of being an All Star. And, undeterred by the risk of putting the National League East leaders down two third basemen, backup Michael Martinez took off for a third-inning foul pop on Sunday like there might still be some votes left somewhere for him, too.

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