A couple of items of note from the last few days:
-Ruben Amaro Jr. is calling it "five to six months" for Ryan Howard. While Chase Utley is one of those players who recovers quickly, I don't see Howard falling into that category in this case. I'd be stunned if he's ready for Opening Day and wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't play until May or June.
-Charlie Manuel likes the expectations to be high. "We will get better," he said. Check out the rest of his season wrapup interview here.
-Theo Epstein is headed to Chicago. Ryne Sandberg too?
-The Phillies hired Joe Jordan as their new director of player development. One look at his track record in Baltimore and it's easy to see what their logic is wonder what the hell they're thinking.
-It's a little hard to envision Rich Dubee getting a manager's job in the majors, but I guess you never know. Charlie Manuel, for one, would support the idea. Bud Black and John Farrell have done it, though the history doesn't go much deeper than that.
-Also, tonight in St. Louis, Kyle Lohse will face Randy Wolf in a postseason matchup of former Phillies. I spent about 15 minutes trying to find the last time a playoff game featured two starting pitchers that had both previously played for the Phils. Couldn't do it. I came close in the 2007 ALCS, when Paul Byrd and Curt Schilling both pitched, but never against each other. I think the answer might go back to the 1980's. If anyone can find it, let me know.