Jul 172011
Chase Utley and Ryan Howard

Howard and Utley bust out the clown shoes

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Hamels Gets Rocked In Phillies’ Ugly Loss To Mets

July 17 CSN Philly

Ryan Howard sat in a chair in the clubhouse and stared blankly into his locker for several minutes after Saturday’s 11-2 loss to the New York Mets. He barely moved except to fold his hands in front of his face. Clearly disappointed, he kept staring a hole through the back of his locker before rising to take a shower and wash off the residue of a difficult day at work. You don’t think these guys care when they play a terrible ball game? You didn’t see Howard after this one. “I’m just upset,” he said, softly. “It was a bad game.”

Contreras, Oswalt Get Good News

July 17 Camden Courier-Post

During the all-star break, Jose Contreras flew to Los Angeles to have his elbow examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum. After a month on the disabled list — his second stint on the DL this year — Contreras’ injured forearm was still sore, and he was concerned the problem might be more serious than first thought. Turns out, the second opinion was the same as the first. “He told me everything is OK, and I had just a little inflammation,” Contreras said. “There was no structural damage.”

Victorino And Lidge Shine With Double A Reading

July 17 CSN Philly

Shane Victorino had three hits in a rehab outing and led the Double A Reading Phillies to a 15-hit night and a 13-2 victory over the Trenton Thunder on Saturday. Victorino went 3 for 5 with a double and an RBI. The Phillies’ centerfielder was placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 4 with a sprained right thumb. Victorino played well and so did another Phillie who hopes he’s on his way back to the big leagues.

Phillies Looking For A Bargain

July 17 Foxsports.com columnist Ken Rosenthal

The Phillies are telling rival clubs that they can add about $2 million in salary. The amount makes sense, considering that the Phils’ payroll reportedly is within $3 million of the $178 million luxury-tax threshold. But the relatively modest sum doesn’t mean the team will be unable to address its needs.  The Phils, for example, could add Padres reliever Mike Adams and Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur with payroll room to spare — Adams and Francoeur combined are earning slightly more than $5 million, which means they will be owed about $1.7 million on July 31.

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