July 31, 2016 |
ATLANTA - There was no need in Pete Mackanin's mind to consider a contingency plan for Saturday, just in case his scheduled starter was no longer his scheduled starter. The trade market gained momentum on Friday with a deal between the Marlins and Padres that sent two starting pitchers to Miami, which eliminated a possible suitor for Jeremy Hellickson. It could hasten a trade involving Hellickson as other teams pursue backup options. For now, he is still slated to pitch at Turner Field against the Braves.
June 14, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Cameron Rupp offered a few words to Jeanmar Gomez and then slapped the pitcher on the back. There was not much for the catcher to say. The task was simple. One more out and the Phillies were flying out of Washington with a win. The task proved to be too much. Jayson Werth ripped a two-run single up the middle. Gomez reached with his glove but never had a chance, and the Phillies left Nationals Park with a 5-4 loss Sunday afternoon. Their sixth straight loss to Washington proved to be the most brutal of them all. The Phillies - who looked dormant for much of the weekend - rallied from three runs down and went ahead in the ninth.
February 27, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jerad Eickhoff threw off a mound on Thursday and said the slight discomfort he continued to feel in his right thumb is natural for a fractured bone. The righthander said he threw 20 or 25 pitches, all of them fastballs. Eickhoff has been sidelined since suffering a non-displaced fracture in his thumb during a bunting exercise before camp opened. Doctors advised Eickhoff to treat the injury like a bruise. Eickhoff rated the discomfort as a "two or three" on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the worst.
December 4, 2015 |
FIRST-YEAR general manager Matt Klentak continued to tidy up the Phillies' roster prior to next week's Winter Meetings with the addition of a veteran outfielder on Wednesday. The Phillies claimed centerfielder Peter Bourjos off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals. Additionally, the team agreed to a one-year deal with Bourjos and with veteran utility infielder Andres Blanco. According to multiple reports, Bourjos will earn $2 million in 2016 while Blanco, who had been eligible for arbitration for the third year, will make $1.45 million.
October 5, 2015 |
EARLIER THIS WEEK, I was listening to the radio and a song came on by Timbuk 3 titled, "The Future's So Bright. " Truth be told, the song is fairly crappy, but it has one great lyric, "the future's so bright, I gotta wear shades. " As is often the case when I listen to music, I thought about the relevance of that phrase to life, and particularly, sports. I thought about which Philadelphia professional team it would apply to. Probably not to the somewhat disappointing (at this point)
October 2, 2015 |
DESPITE WATCHING their major league team enter the final month flirting with 100 losses, there has been cautious optimism among Phillies front office executives within the last six weeks or so. The pre-deadline trades of Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, Ben Revere and Jonathan Papelbon brought in an influx of talent to enrich the farm system. Their optimism was cautious, though, because they understand it takes starting pitching depth to enjoy sustained success at the major league level and, if they evaluated their upper minor league teams with an honest eye, they know there are more than a couple of question marks and few certainties.
August 20, 2015 |
Aaron Nola took the mound Tuesday night having thrown 139 innings this season between double A, triple A and the major leagues. The Phillies don't want their 22-year-old righthander logging many more than 170 or 180 innings this season, his first full year as a professional. To prolong his season and that of fellow rookie Adam Morgan, the team is considering using a six-man starting rotation in September. "We'll have the flexibility to do that at that time," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
August 6, 2015 |
Before the non-waiver trade deadline on Friday, when Ben Revere was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for two minor-league pitching prospects, Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin was forced to play a bit of a balancing act with his outfield lineups. That was especially the case when it came to finding enough playing time for Revere, a proven .300 hitter, and Rule 5 draft pick Odubel Herrera, still developing and in his first full season as an outfielder. But with Revere now manning left field north of the border, Herrera has the rest of his rookie season to play every day as the Phillies' primary centerfielder.
August 2, 2015 |
About a half-hour before Friday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. approached Ben Revere with news. The 27-year-old outfielder had been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, where he will join a revamped club with aspirations of ending a 22-year playoff drought. The Phillies in exchange acquired a pair of minor-league righthanded relievers in Alberto Tirado and Jimmy Cordero. Tirado, 20, pitched 31 games of high-A ball this season, and Cordero, 23, threw his last 17 games in double-A.