Perhaps he chose to speak a little more freely since he wasn't with the rest of the club or in the direct proximity of Charlie Manuel, but Roy Halladay said some of the more interesting things by anyone on his the former skipper's final Phillies team. It took place after Roy's rehab start last night up in Lakewood. You can read more on that mediocre outing here.
Charlie and Doc in better times
Halladay starts of saying he's exchanged texsts with Charlie and loved him but also that Ryne came right in and addressed some issues that were being overlooked.
"I think that Ryne is going to do a good job and bring back a little more of the Philly baseball style than we've had the last few years," Halladay said.
"We haven't really had that whole team effort and whole team hustle that we've had the last few years."
He then goes on to mention guys not showing up on time, guys not taking extra batting practice or extra grounders, etc.
It's the first I've heard of any of this and certainly adds a different angle to Charlie's departure and its timing.
In a clubhouse with guys like Chase Utley and Roy Halladay, I find it a bit surprising to hear about guys not putting in maximum effort to be on time, prepared, and to take every measure they can to be in a position to win. I'd love to hear more specifics about these issues Doc mentioned above.
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.