June 5, 2016 |
Triple-A Lehigh Valley Alec Asher looked to be pushing for a promotion to the majors until he was hit in the leg on May 17 by a ground ball. The righthander is now in Clearwater, Fla., after his shin contusion became a shin fracture that will keep him out for about a month. The 24-year-old had a 1.53 ERA in four starts with the IronPigs. . . . Mario Hollands was optioned to the IronPigs on Thursday after completing a rehab assignment. The lefthanded reliever is working his way back from Tommy John surgery.
April 10, 2016 |
NEW YORK - When the second inning ended Friday, Jerad Eickhoff had thrown 50 pitches to record six outs. He could not command his fastball. His defense failed him. His mechanics were not crisp. It could have been worse. "I felt frustrated because I wasn't executing my fastball," Eickhoff said. "Most of the day, really, when I had to make a pitch I made a pitch, fortunately. " These games are about the development of potential pieces for the Phillies' future, and Eickhoff's season debut was incongruent.
July 3, 2015 |
TECHNICALLY, IT'S been an open season for trades in the major leagues since the World Series ended last fall. The Phillies made three moves in December, sending Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Antonio Bastardo out to greener pastures. But a franchise hellbent on rebuilding - did you listen to the wild enthusiasm in ownership partner John Middleton's voice on Monday? - has entered the most popular month on the major league schedule for trades. It's July, and the trade deadline is four weeks from Friday.
April 24, 2015 |
FOR A GUY who was given no more than 24 hours to prepare for his first start in more than 11 months, Dustin McGowan did the job of a spot starter yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The 33-year-old former first-round pick didn't allow a run in his first three innings against the Marlins. McGowan struck out the first two batters he faced, and kept at it, sending Giancarlo Stanton down on strikes in the third inning, too. "He looked sharp early on," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
April 4, 2015 |
The two men spearheading the Phillies' transition from perennial contender to long-term rebuilder face uncertain futures in their current roles. Pat Gillick, 77, is committed through this baseball season but took on the president's role on only a short-term basis. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr., 50, is in the final year of his contract. That makes this an unusual rebuilding project. "Let me put it this way, the general manager, he's been around for a long period of time. I've been around for a long period of time," Gillick said in a recent interview.
April 1, 2015 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - It was only a year ago that the Phillies seemed oblivious to the reality that they faced. As late as last June, the front office bristled at the notion that it should focus its attention squarely on the future. But as Ruben Amaro Jr. stood outside the visitors' dugout at McKechnie Field yesterday, he left little doubt that his philosophy had changed. "This year is more about our future than our present," the general manager said. "We've said that many times.
February 18, 2015 |
FOUR YEARS AGO, Chase Utley was the only player on the short field that sits on the left side of the front entrance to Bright House Field. He was fielding ground balls. It doesn't sound like anything unordinary until you add in the fact that Utley was going through the routine while seated on a bucket due to a chronic knee ailment. A year later, Utley would be joined by Ryan Howard on the spring sideline following Achillies' surgery. The two biggest pieces in the Phillies' lineup were dealing with career-altering injuries and their readiness for the 2012 season was in question throughout the team's stay in Clearwater, Fla. The summer that followed turned into the beginning of the end of the greatest era in Phillies history.
January 30, 2015 |
Longtime Phillies president and CEO David Montgomery has new duties as he returns from a five-month medical leave of absence. Montgomery now will serve in the position of team chairman while Pat Gillick continues as president, the team said Wednesday. The front-office shake-up could pave the way for another new team president in the next year or two. Gillick, the architect of the 2008 world championship team, said Wednesday night in a telephone interview that he doesn't see himself in the position two or three years from now but "definitely" at least through this baseball season.
January 2, 2015 |
WITHIN a 2-week span before the end of 2014, Ruben Amaro Jr. has jettisoned two everyday players from the Phillies' lineup. A dozen days after Jimmy Rollins officially was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the general manager sent outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitching prospect Ben Lively on Wednesday. The Phillies also sent cash to Cincinnati to complete the deal. Byrd, who turns 38 in August, hit a career-high 25 home runs in 2014. He also struck out a career-high 185 times; only Ryan Howard struck out more among major league hitters.
January 2, 2015 |
The latest move in the Phillies' rebuilding effort came Wednesday, injecting another young arm into the minor-league system and ensuring that a younger outfield takes the field this spring. Twelve days after acquiring a pair of young arms for Jimmy Rollins, the franchise's all-time hits leader, the Phillies shipped veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash considerations to the Cincinnati Reds for righthanded pitching prospect Ben Lively. Lively, 22, projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter.