No WBC To Blame

A year ago, the World Baseball Classic was held. A bunch of players got hurt and the WBC was blamed.

Well, there’s no WBC this year and injuries are everywhere. Five pitchers are lost for the season because of Tommy John surgeries, two in Atlanta and one each in Detroit, Oakland and San Diego. Three Dodgers went on the DL yesterday.

The Phillies Clearwater MASH clinic is growing with Galvis and Ruf now headed for the DL. Hamels, Gonzalez and Martin have shoulder ailments, Adams and Pettibone are rehabbing from surgeries. All six pitchers will be on the DL when the season starts. J-Roll was out with the flu, Brown has had it and Franco joined the flu fraternity yesterday. Galvis is the most serious with an infection called MRSA. He’s in the hospital undergoing treatment. Phillies clubhouse was professionally disinfected yesterday.

Camp Notes
Yesterday’s 11,210 crowd set a new record for Bright House Field . . . Another big crowd expected for tomorrow afternoon’s game with the Twins . . . With the Phillies out of town today (Pirates in Bradenton), Blue Jays and Phillies AAA and AA clubs will play at the complex. Adams and Pettibone are slated to pitch . . . Tomorrow, camp cay for the minor leaguers . . . Spring Training USA brunch will take place tomorrow morning at Bright House Field; 127 fans are part of the tour group . . . MLB Network’s 30 teams in 30 days will be in Clearwater tomorrow.

Special Birthday
Right-handed pitcher Lou Lucier turns 96 tomorrow, second oldest Phillies Alumnus. The 5-foot-8, 160-pounder pitched for the Phillies in 1944 and 1945, 0-2, 3.22 for 14 relief appearances. He also pitched for the Red Sox, 1943-44.

In a 2009 SABR biography project, it was pointed out the Red Sox won the World Series in 2007 and the Phillies the next year, “How about that?” Lucier was quoted as saying. “Yeah, I’m doing pretty good with my former teams.”

Countdown to Opening Day
9 more days until the 2014 Phillies season opener in Texas against the Rangers.

Von Hayes wore #9 for the most number of seasons, eight, with Mike Ryan next at six. Domonic Brown is heading into his fifth season. Shortest career wearing the number? Mickey Harrington who was as a pinch runner in his only big league game, July 10, 1963.

Opening Day Fun Fact
April 7, 1970—LH Chris Short ties major league record with his third Opening Day shutout, this time 2-0 over the Chicago Cubs in the final Connie Mack Stadium opener. All three of Short’s shutouts are 2-0.

For more opening day moments, visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Comment Corner
From The Cub Den: “I’m excited for the Phillies because of Sandberg but I do enjoy listening to Phillies baseball on the radio late at night when we can pick it up on the radio up here north of the border. A real treat listening to Philly in the car and watching the sunset.”

Great to hear from another fan with Phillies passion.

Signing Day
I’ll be signing my new book, If These Walls Could Talk, on Wednesday (March 26) at Bright House Field from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Main concourse, behind section 120. Official publication date by Triumph Books is May 1. That’s when it will be available on-line and in book stores. Thanks to Larry Bowa for writing the foreword.

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