October 1, 2011 |
Danys Baez does not watch much baseball these days. He is paid $2.75 million to stay away from the game that once compelled him to spend 10 days in hiding to defect from his home country. "It's tough for me," Baez said Friday from his Miami home. But then he heard about Antonio Bastardo, and Baez was interested in baseball again. For the first five months of the season, Bastardo emerged as one of the game's most dominant relievers. It was something Baez, who mentored the 25-year-old Phillies lefty, took pride in watching.
January 19, 2013 |
Before they had a chance to exchange salary-arbitration numbers Friday, the Phillies and reliever Antonio Bastardo came to an agreement on a one-year deal worth $1.4 million. The deal includes award bonuses and represents an $895,000 raise for the 27-year-old lefthander, who figures to play a major role in manager Charlie Manuel's bullpen in 2013. Bastardo was among the best lefthanded relievers in baseball two seasons ago, when he went 6-1 with a 2.64 ERA. He also converted eight of nine save opportunities.
February 19, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The list of differences between a 102-win team and an 81-win team began with the health of Ryan Howard and Roy Halladay. But you can argue that the difference between the Antonio Bastardo who took the mound in 2011 vs. the one who took the mound in 2012 played almost as big a role in the Phillies' fall from grace last season. And while the health of their aging veterans certainly will prove to be a major theme during the 2013 season, the performance of their 27-year-old reliever also seems likely to play a critical role in their attempt to return to the top of the National League East.
April 30, 2010 |
The Phillies will have their closer back when the first-place Mets come to Philadelphia. Satisfied with his rehab from off-season elbow and knee surgeries, the Phillies will activate Brad Lidge from the disabled list before Friday's series opener against New York, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Thursday. To make space for Lidge, lefthander Antonio Bastardo will be optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Lidge pitched in eight rehab games between Lehigh Valley, double-A Reading and single-A Clearwater.
December 12, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - The next era of Phillies baseball commenced Wednesday from a sixth-floor suite at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, where a dozen team officials assembled the trade of their iconic shortstop. The dismantling of a once-great roster started with the franchise's all-time hits leader, the man who coronated a spectacular five-year run with three words: "Team to beat. " Jimmy Rollins, the longest-tenured athlete in Philadelphia, will be a Los Angeles Dodger. Details of the trade - which could involve a player from a separate deal between Los Angeles and Miami - were being finalized Wednesday night, said a source familiar with the talks.
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.
May 29, 2009 |
BUFFALO - Antonio Bastardo scattered six hits over seven shutout innings to lead the Lehigh Valley IronPigs past the Buffalo Bisons, 7-1, yesterday in the International League. It was the righthander's second start for triple-A Lehigh Valley after being promoted from double-A Reading last week. He struck out 11 in six innings against Charlotte on Saturday but did not get a decision. Bastardo was 2-2 for Reading with a scintillating 1.82 ERA. Akron 6, Reading 5 Reading 2, Akron 1 AKRON, Ohio - A two-run single by Ozzie Chavez in the top of the seventh gave the Phillies a win in the second game of an Eastern League doubleheader.
November 14, 2012
The Phillies made the official announcement Tuesday on their one-year contract worth $850,000 with infielder Kevin Frandsen. The deal was initially reported last week. Frandsen, 30, hit .338 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs in 55 games after being called up from triple-A Lehigh Valley in late July. He made 49 starts at third base, second on the team to Placido Polanco. The one-year deal includes incentives and performance bonuses and allows the Phillies to avoid salary arbitration with Frandsen.
May 1, 2011
Lefthander J.C. Romero said he would pitch in only one rehab game - Tuesday at single-A Lakewood - before being activated from the disabled list. He could return to the Phillies on Wednesday, which is the first day he is eligible to come off the DL. Romero strained his right calf April 18. He will throw a bullpen session and participate in pitchers' fielding practice to test the strength in his calf. He has been throwing to keep his arm strong. "I feel good," Romero said. When he does return, it will be interesting to see how Romero is used with the emergence of Antonio Bastardo, who has allowed only one run in 2011.
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.