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Phillies Links: Dan Baker, the Phanatic, and Benjamin Franklin

Mar 14, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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Chase Utley's knee has improved ever so slightly. Ruben called it a "baby step." We'll take any step in the right direction at this point. [Zo Zone]

Michael Stutes continues to impress down in Clearwater. Charlie admits making the team is a long shot, but his stuff is unique, "He’s got a good arm. He’s got real good late life on his fastball. He's got some pop. He's got late ride like (Jim) Palmer had,” Manuel said. “That's why they don't swing good, he's got late jump. It's hard to time it down.” [CSN]

More on Conlin, Oswalt, and Lidge's injury below.

Bill Conlin writes about Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies decision makers as only Bill Conlin can.

Roy Oswalt reflected on when a natural disaster destroyed much of his home town. [CSN]

Worried about Brad Lidge's lack of velocity this spring? It's likely due to the Phillies closer's bicep tendanitis. Lidge told John Finger that if it were the season, he'd be able to pitch through it. [MLB]

He is green, so it's no surprise the Phanatic celebrates St. Patty's Day:

Photo from the Franklin Institute's Phillies event over the weekend.