Aug 142011
Phillies ace Roy Oswalt

Roy Oswalt looked good in Phillies smackdown of the Nats

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Oswalt shines in Phils’ win over careless Nationals

August 14 CSN Philly

Twenty-five starts and more than 172 innings into his season, Cole Hamels is the first of the Phillies‘ aces to contend with the dreaded “dead arm” period. Typically, a little extra rest and a little more time out of airplanes and buses is the remedy for such problems, so Hamels should be ready to go when his next turn comes up in Washington next weekend.  Meanwhile, just two starts back from a back injury that sidelined him for six weeks and sent him to Texas for examinations and injections, veteran right-hander Roy Oswalt might just skip those dog days and doldrums altogether.

Hamels fine, six-man rotation a possibility

August 14 Allentown Morning Call

Relax, Cole Hamels admirers and pitching-savvy fans.  The Phillies left-hander, who left after five innings of Friday night’s home loss to the Nationals, likely has a tired arm, something that is common at this time of year for pitchers, even the perceived brittle Hamels.  No threat of a stint on the disabled list; not even a missed start.  “Right now, that’s what we think it is,” said Phils pitching coach Rich Dubee before Saturday night’s game at Citizens Bank Park.

Manuel, Dubee unconcerned by Hamels’ ineffective outing

August 14 Wilmington News Journal

It’s a delicate balance for a pitching staff that craves innings, such as the Phillies‘ starting rotation.  Three Phillies starters lead the National League in innings pitched — Roy Halladay (1752¼3), Cole Hamels (172) and Cliff Lee (172).  But, with a likely postseason looming and a World Series title within range, how many is too many?  That question surfaced after Hamels’ control and velocity were compromised in a 4-2 loss to the Washington Nationals Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies agree to terms with Bush

August 14

The Phillies have agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with right-hander Dave Bush, according to a source.  The deal is pending a physical.  If Bush passes his physical he will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Bush, who went to Conestoga High School, went 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA in 17 appearances before the Texas Rangers designated him for assignment and released him in July. ”

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