State of the union: Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed concerns about the offense, Joe Blanton and injured players in the video above. Actually, he danced around the offense, but didn’t hold back in admitting that Blanton needed to improve, believing the problems are mechanical. Amaro also details J.A. Happ’s progress and the latest on Jimmy Rollins. It's worth a look since we haven’t heard much from Amaro since the Phils went in the tank.
Happ: Following Sunday’s rehab in Reading, J.A. Happ reported no issues with the strained left forearm that has sidelined him for most of the season. Happ allowed six hits and four runs in 2 1-3 innings. According to Amaro, the left-hander is basically back to square one with his feel for pitching and is gradually building back arm strength. He wouldn’t set a timetable for his return.
Ramirez shines: J.C. Ramirez, part of the Cliff Lee deal, tossed seven shutout innings for Clearwater on Monday, marking his best start of his Phillies career. The 21-year-old right-hander is 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA and 55/17 K/BB ratio in 11 starts (64 1-3 innings). He’s shown steady improvement, but he’s been inconsistent from one start to the next.
Overbeck debuts at Double-A: Reading third baseman, Cody Overbeck, was promoted from Clearwater on Sunday, got into the game in the ninth inning in a 7-2 loss to Richmond. Named the Phillies minor league player of the month for April, the 24-year-old righty bat was hitting .302/.383/.553 with 11 home runs.