August 12, 2013 |
Plenty of business needs to be resolved in these final seven weeks of the Phillies' season. Some of it is being conducted right now down in Clearwater, Fla., a fitting location, considering the 2013 season has been relegated to a second spring training of sorts. Two players - Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay - making more money than two entire teams - Miami and Houston - are trying to get healthy. The recovery of Howard's surgically repaired left knee is considered as important as any plate appearance the Phillies will have in the big leagues between now and the Sept.
January 24, 2015 |
The first question to emerge from a group of reporters and cameramen huddled around Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. on Tuesday night at the Reading Crowne Plaza came from a local news outlet. Which players, the reporter asked, might Reading baseball fans see at FirstEnergy Stadium come April? Given the Phillies' stated rebuilding efforts, increased attention will be paid this season to the organization's prospects and their progress throughout the summer. And while some of it may depend on spring training performances, it's not too early to project at which levels in the farm system the Phillies' top minor-leaguers will begin the 2015 season.
December 15, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - Near the end of last season, Jimmy Rollins was asked how far he thought the Phillies were from returning to greatness. "I have no idea," Rollins said. "It could be next year. " A reporter wondered why Rollins considered that possible. "That's what's so great about being a ballplayer," Rollins responded. "We get to write that story. Always have. You put it on paper. You make it official. But we get to write it. " Rollins, last week, wrote his next chapter by surrendering the no-trade rights that, for 17 months prior, were an impediment to any deal.
July 9, 2014 |
MILWAUKEE - Cliff Lee will resume his minor league rehab assignment with Class A Clearwater tomorrow in Tampa. Lee's first rehab start Sunday afternoon was limited to 24 pitches in two innings after a rainstorm in southern Florida suspended the game. The Phillies had hoped to get Lee up to 70 pitches in the game. "Stuff was good," Amaro said. "Delivery was good. He was 89 to 91, so not all that far off from where he usually is. " Barring a setback, Lee is likely to make two starts in the next week before rejoining the Phillies when the team returns from the All-Star break.
September 25, 2014
MIAMI - Jonathan Papelbon returned to active duty yesterday, with his seven-game suspension coming to an end. Nine days earlier, Papelbon got into an altercation with umpire Joe West at Citizens Bank Park after the volatile closer made an obscene gesture (or equipment adjustment, according to the pitcher) in the direction of fans following a blown save. Both Amaro and manager Ryne Sandberg confirmed that Papelbon remains the team's closer. Even in Philadelphia this weekend, if the situation calls for a save, and despite what could be an ugly South Philadelphia return for Papelbon.
July 11, 2012 |
FROM DOMINANCE to irrelevance in 9 months; so have the Phillies fallen. Charlie Manuel guided the club to its best days and, now, to some of its worst. Andy Reid should send him a basket of Reid's favorite crullers, because Chuck and Co. have replaced the 8-8 Eagles as the city's biggest sports disappointment in decades. Maybe ever. According to the general manager's logic, Manuel will not be fired for it. Not after winning 102 games last season and hoping to hit .500 this year.
November 15, 2011 |
MILWAUKEE - As Ruben Amaro Jr. unveiled his latest prize 900 miles to the east, baseball's general managers trickled into this city for their first face-to-face contact of the winter. Amaro soon joined them in this charming Midwest city, but only after awarding the largest-ever deal for a relief pitcher. At its core, the Jonathan Papelbon deal epitomizes the debate of a closer's importance. The Phillies will be accused of overpaying, but that label is usually applied to most reliever contracts.
March 19, 2012 |
An MRI might show what is going on inside Chase Utley's knees. It can't tell us what's going on inside his head. That's just as important, as the Phillies second baseman embarks on his second annual quest for a short-term solution to his chronic knee problems. Utley has chosen to keep his medical issues and options to himself, which is his absolute right. It is also the right of the fans who contribute to his millions in salary to wish he'd be a little bit more forthcoming. Forced to honor Utley's wish for privacy, the Phillies have come off looking less than honest with those same fans.
December 6, 2011 |
DALLAS - Even if Jimmy Rollins ends up leaving Philadelphia, it is hard to envision the Phillies replacing him with a 22-year-old prospect who until last season had never hit higher than .240 in the minors. More likely, the team would look for a low-cost option, either through free agency or a trade, to pair with Wilson Valdez or Michael Martinez. Still, there is plenty of intrigue about Freddy Galvis among the Phillies brass. He has been hailed as a defensive whiz with a big-league-caliber glove since he was an 18-year-old at low-A Lakewood in 2008.