Doc-less

Well, the news off the field took center stage over the news on the field yesterday.  The Phillies lost Doc for 6-8 weeks and then lost the game to the Mets.  As reported, the Doc news was good in that surgery isn’t needed.

Hang in there, is the team’s slogan for now.  If they can tread water for the next 6-8 weeks and then have Doc, Ryan and Chase back from the DL.   That’s three pretty decent players for the pennant race down the stretch.

In the meantime, opportunities will be there.  See who can step up.

Draft Time
While everyone was enjoying the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, Marty Wolever, Assistant GM, Amateur Scouting, gathered with his staff in the Draft Room, a large meeting room on the Hall of Fame Club Level at Citizens Bank Park, just around the corner from Ruben Amaro’s office.

The process of sorting out candidates for next week’s draft is underway.  Years ago, the large table in the middle of the room was filled with bulky, three-ring binders containing reams and reams of written scouting reports.  Those days are long gone.

Laptops dominate the table scene.  Oh, also history are a battery of old-fashioned telephones.  Cell phones, iPods and the like have taken over.

The draft begins on Monday evening, June 4 and continues for two days.  The first round and sandwich selections will be nationally televised by the MLB Network.  Each club sends two representatives to the MLB Network studio for that round.  This year the Phillies will be represented by Bill Giles and Pat Gillick.

MLB.com will also cover the entire draft.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley was held to three singles in losing their sixth straight, 4-0, at Gwinnett.

**Reading was rained out.

**Clearwater dropped a 4-3, 10-inning decision to Tampa.  RF Anthony Hewitt had a double and triple.

**Lakewood lost, 7-3, at West Virginia, seven defeats in last eight games.

Plashback
May 30, 1935: LF Babe Ruth goes hitless (one at-bat) in his final game as the Boston Braves beat the Phillies, 11-6, in the second game of a Baker Bowl doubleheader.  Attendance: 18,000.

May 30, 1982: LHP Steve Carlton wins his 191st game with Phillies, 6-2, over Atlanta.  Victory moves Lefty into second place on the Phillies’ all-time list ahead of Grover Alexander.  Robin Roberts leads with 234.

May 30, 1989: Veterans Stadium is empty except for a handful of media who were there for 3B Mike Schmidt’s retirement press conference.  He had announced his retirement the day before in San Diego and returned home to meet the Philadelphia media.  His last game was May 28 at San Francisco.

Great photo of an emotional Schmidt at this press conference on www.phillies.com/alumni.

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