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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Phillies keep acting their age

Ryan Howard is on the DL, with an MRI scheduled, with an injured knee, an achy foot, a repaired Achilles.

"It's a big blow," Charlie Manuel said, after a 13-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves. "He's still a threat. He has 47 RBIs. Just his presence means something to us."

That's the Phillies' template, to expect veteran stars to provide a presence. Trouble is, they are too old to do so on a regular basis. Already this season, Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley and Roy Halladay have been on the DL, as have Mike Adams and Delmon Young.

But what were the Phillies expecting when they committed to such a veteran team, not a young one?

Check out my column on the topic in the Daily Times Sunday and, as always, on


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