Let’s see. It is Monday (brilliant deduction). What’s the news today?
Well, the PR department arranged for Chase Utley to meet the media this afternoon. Idea was a post-op update from Chase, head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and Ruben Amaro Jr. Media room needed to be arranged with a three-microphone head table.
Arrangements were made so the press briefing could also be carried live on phillies.com and also on Comcast SportsNet, Philadelphia.
When Chase came into the room, he limped, smiled and then walked normally to the table. He responded to questions for 15 minutes. Basically, barring a setback, he hopes to be ready for the start of the season but said he will proceed rehabbing with caution. He and Sheridan’s staff (Mark Andersen and Dong Lien) monitor a program Chase goes through daily.
Chase will head for his California home for the holidays and then return to Citizens Bank Park to continue the rehab in early January.
The briefing turned into more news.
Ruben announced that we have come to an agreement with Jamie Moyer. Jamie was in Florida and couldn’t be here for the announcement so the PR department arranged for a conference call with him later in the day.
Ruben also confirmed that we have agreed to a tentative contract with veteran right-handed pitcher Chan Ho Park, pending a physical.
Park held a press conference in Seoul earlier today saying he would be with the Phillies. According to the Korean Times, five teams had contacted Park, the Giants, Diamondbacks, Royals, Blue Jays and Phillies.
“I selected Philadelphia because they are the World Series Champions and have high expectations for a playoff berth next season,” Park was quoted in the Times.
With Moyer, 46, and Park, 35, we’ve stabilized the pitching staff with a couple of proven veterans. Park can start (1-0, 2.16 ERA, 5 starts) and relieve (3-4, 3.84, 49 games), something he did well for the Dodgers last season.
As far as Raul Ibanez, “We will have something for you tomorrow,” said the GM.
Any more player moves? “We’re always working on improving the ballclub, basically depth in the pitching staff and bench,” he responded. Over 40 players were non-tendered contracts for 2009 on Friday night. “We’ve made contact with 20 or so.”
Other news? Brad and Lindsay Lidge became parents of a son, Rowan Thomas, last week, a very precious holiday present. Avery can now help take care of her baby brother.
So, any news today?