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Notes: Wolf has surgery11/09/2004 6:59 PM ET
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left-hander Randy Wolf had surgery on his right foot on Monday, a procedure that corrected a nerve injury and a bone bruise. After an MRI taken last week revealed an inflammation of the nerve ending and bursitis, surgery was recommended to excise a portion of the nerve. The rehabilitation period will last until January, at which time Wolf will begin activities. Team doctor Michael Ciccotti said the surgery should have no impact on Spring Training. In 23 starts in 2004, Wolf went 5-8 with a 4.28 ERA, while battling elbow tendinitis that cost him roughly two months. No Pole: The Phillies search for a pitching coach won't include Cubs bench coach Dick Pole, as Pole told the Phillies on Tuesday that he would remain in the Windy City. Pole was one of four candidates interviewed by general manager Ed Wade in 2002 for the job that went to Joe Kerrigan. Pole removed himself from consideration this time around. He had been Charlie Manuel's pitching coach with the Indians. The Phillies will meet with Rich Dubee on Wednesday. Dubee, 47, has been in the Phillies organization since 2002, guiding Class A Clearwater in 2002-03 and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season. He's worked with top pitching prospect Gavin Floyd at Clearwater in 2003, and again with the Red Barons in 2004. Dubee also assisted Cole Hamels. Wade said Dubee will interview during the general managers meetings because Key Biscayne is close to his home in Sarasota. While more candidates might be called in, the bulk of them will probably wait until next week in Philadelphia. "We'll try to flesh it out then," Wade said. "Getting a coaching staff together isn't approached with the same sense of urgency that the managerial slot is, unless we feel there's a name out there that we believe might slip through the cracks because of interest from other places." Dubee also has experience at the Major League level, having served as Florida's pitching coach from 1998-2001 under Jim Leyland then John Boles. Schedule change: The final four Citizens Bank Park games on the Phillies 2005 schedule (Sept. 29-30, Oct. 1-2) have been moved to assist Major League Baseball in reducing schedule conflicts involving the Washington franchise (Expos) and the Baltimore Orioles. The Phillies will now play Washington at Citizens Bank Park during the weekend of July 8-10, instead of in the nation's capital. The fourth game from the original season-ending series has been moved to a previous open date, Aug. 15, creating a four-game series (Aug. 15-18) in Philadelphia. The Phillies now end the regular season with a three-game series in Washington from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. The new Washington franchise is scheduled to begin its first season with games in Philadelphia at 3:05 p.m. ET on April 4. Minor news: The Phillies have signed 25 minor league free agents and invited eight to Spring Training. They are pitchers Eric Burke, Brandon Culp, Allen Davis, Robert Ellis, Sean Fesh, Martire Franco, Chris Rojas, Felix Villegas, Jeff Wilson and Brandon Wood; catcher A.J. Hinch; infielders Andrew Beattie, Chris Coste, Jason Drobiak, Buzz Hannahan, Carlos Leon, Anthony Medrano, Randy Ruiz and Danny Sandoval; outfielders Kevin Barker, Mark Budzinski, John Castellano, Jim Deschaine, Ryan Fleming and Jim Rushford. Budzinski, Castellano, Coste, Franco, Hinch, Medrano, Rushford and Sandoval were invited to the big league camp. Right-hander Eric Junge has been released. The 27-year-old went a combined 0-5 with an 8.70 ERA at Triple-A and Clearwater. He had two stints on the disabled list this past season with a right shoulder labrum tear and right elbow inflammation.
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