MANUEL HAS MADE PROGRESS IN LAST 12 HOURS, DOCS ENCOURAGED!

By Sam Bush

The Phillies have updated Charlie Manuel’s condition since his stroke on Saturday:

“This morning, the Phillies received a positive update from Charlie Manuel’s wife, Missy. Charlie has made progress over the past 12 hours, and his doctors are encouraged,” the Phillies said in a statement.

“The Manuel family is very appreciative for every post on social media. Charlie feels the love from his Phillies family and fans. Missy believes the incredible support is aiding in his recovery.”

The club said Manuel, 79, was undergoing a medical procedure Saturday in Florida when he had the stroke. Physicians were able to remove a blood clot.

Under Manuel, the Phillies won five consecutive National League East titles from 2007 to 2011. They beat the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 World Series for the city’s first major professional sports championship since 1983.

Philadelphia won another National League pennant in 2009 before losing to the New York Yankees in the World Series.

Manuel was fired by the Phillies in 2013 after the club got off to a 53-67 start.

He compiled a 1,000-826 record as a major league manager, including 780 wins with the Phillies. He was inducted into the team’s wall of fame in 2014. Manuel rejoined the organization that year to work as a senior adviser to the general manager.

Manuel also played six seasons in the majors as an outfielder with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969 to ’75.

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