The “Baron’s Corner” has been replaced by “Phillies Insider”, a new tag that is more indicative of this blog’s goal…..giving you an inside view of the Phillies.
Aaron Rowand left last night’s game with back spasms. He’ll be reevaluated later today and is on a day-to-day basis. Rowand, who had 16-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday, singled in his only official at-bat off Tim Hudson, who later hit the Phillies centerfielder with a pitch. If Rowand is unable to go tonight, Jayson Werth will probably get the nod since the Braves are starting a lefty. Atlanta has another southpaw starter tomorrow night. Shane Victorino can swing from right to center if need be.
Phillies finished the month 11-14 following a 1-6 start . . . Most wins in first month for Phillies: 17 (1993) . . . Most April losses came in 2000 (20) . . . Percentage-wise, the best April for the Phillies is .818 (9-2, 1964), while the poorest one is .091 (1-10, 1938).
Jimmy Rollins finished the first month as the NL home run leader with 9 . . . According to Elias Sports Bureau that’s the most home runs from the leadoff spot in April since Baltimore’s Brady Anderson hit 11 in 1996.
Another Elias Note
As all Phillies fans painfully know, Andruw Jones hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Phillies, 5-2, last night. It was Atlanta’s first walk-off win against Philadelphia since May 5, 2000, when Andruw hit a two-run homer off Wayne Gomes for a 6-5 victory. Between that game and Monday night, the Braves won 38 regular-season games in walk-off fashion, but none against the Phils.
Minor League news
Ruben Amaro Jr., at this morning’s bi-weekly staff meeting, offered the following minor league update: RHP J. D. Durbin, recently claimed on waivers, will have one more extended spring training start and then join Ottawa’s rotation . . . INF Michael Garciaparra, another waiver claim, tweaked a hamstring in extended spring training but will soon join Reading . . . Ottawa LHP Eude Brito is sidelined with a hamstring injury . . . RHP Scott Mathieson continues to progress from last September’s Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. When he’s ready to resume pitching, which will be later in the season, Scott will be groomed for the bullpen.
In The Community
Geoff Geary, who lost a close friend to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), will meet with ALS patients throughout the season. The annual autograph party and auction that benefits ALS is set for Monday evening, May 21.
Phillies fans are upset that Tom Gordon has 3 blown saves. He’s not alone in that category for the first month: Chad Cordero and Solomon Torres, 3; Trevor Hoffman, Todd Jones, Chris Ray, Mariano Rivera, B. J. Ryan and Bob Wickman, 2 each.
Minor League Review
A weekly review of the Phillies minor league system can be found on this site every Tuesday throughout the 2007 season: