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May 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - While he rehabilitated from the Tommy John surgery that ended his 2013 season after just two starts, Chad Billingsley said he could somewhat envision the day of his return to the mound. But when he tore his flexor tendon while he was on the comeback trail, Billingsley questioned whether he would ever get back. "And here I am right now," he said with a big smile Monday afternoon at Turner Field, "taking the field [Tuesday] and pitching on a big-league mound. " More than two years since his last major-league start, Billingsley will officially complete his long road back from consecutive elbow surgeries Tuesday night against the Braves.
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April 30, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - The fluid state of the Phillies' starting rotation should create a slew of openings this season. A lack of depth, injuries, and potential trades could lead to opportunities for several members of the triple-A rotation. The first two factors led the Phillies in their 21st game to use their seventh starting pitcher already. Severino Gonzalez's turn to pitch proved brief Tuesday night in an 11-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Gonzalez was shelled in his major-league debut as the night amounted essentially to what the Phillies called up the pitcher to avoid: a bullpen game.
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April 30, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - The nerves weren't there for Severino Gonzalez last night. But one of baseball's best lineups was present at Busch Stadium, and it made his first big-league game a pretty forgettable one. Ten batters in, Gonzalez watched seven of the nine previos batters in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup reach base - and four come around to score, too - en route to an early exit in the Phillies' 11-5 defeat. "I wasn't nervous at all," Gonzalez said through interpreter and Phillies first-base coach Juan Samuel.
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April 10, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeff Francoeur graciously jogged around second base and rounded third with ease. He stepped on home, raised his hands, and smiled. Francoeur's first home-run trot in nearly two years was almost complete. Francoeur, 31, did not solidify a roster spot until Sunday morning. A 4-2 Phillies win against Boston Wednesday marked his first start. His three-run homer in the sixth inning gave the Phillies their first runs of the season. It was the rightfielder's first home run since June 16, 2013.
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March 29, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brendan Ryan didn't get a long look at Aaron Nola from the batter's box, quickly ripping a double to right in his only at-bat against the Phillies' prospect in the third inning of yesterday's game. But he had a pretty good vantage point when Nola got into a groove against a New York Yankees lineup loaded with its regulars, including five former All-Stars. Ryan, a veteran of eight big-league seasons, stood on third base when Nola painted the lower outside corner of the strike zone with a 94-mph fastball to get Chase Headley to stare at a called third strike.
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March 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - About a half hour after J.P. Crawford joined a group of minor leaguers taking infield work just outside Bright House Field, Aaron Nola finished his morning workout at the Carpenter Complex. Although minor league camp doesn't officially open until tomorrow, the Phillies' top two prospects were already in attendance and getting their work in early. There had been some speculation that Nola, the team's first-round pick last June, could get an invitation to big-league camp.
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February 24, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis has the unenviable task of replacing Phillies' all-time hits leader Jimmy Rollins as the team's everyday shortstop. The slick-fielding 25-year-old said Sunday he doesn't feel extra pressure because of the act he's following. "Jimmy was Jimmy. Jimmy was the man here in Philadelphia," Galvis said. "But you have to come here and play baseball. That's it. I have to do my game. I don't have to do Jimmy's game. I have to do Freddy Galvis' game and play ball.
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February 16, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
In hotels and country clubs and event centers across Pennsylvania one week last month, members of the Phillies brass outlined an objective - to identify the team's next core of players. On his current career trajectory, Maikel Franco is a potential middle-of-the-order mainstay. Only 22, he has displayed soft hands, a cannon arm at third base, and streaky power at the plate. But it remains to be seen when the organization's most major-league-ready prospect will stick with the Phillies.
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February 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
THE PHILLIES' top two prospects won't be reporting to the big-league clubhouse at Bright House Field later this month. Neither righthander Aaron Nola nor shortstop J.P. Crawford received an invitation to major league camp, team officials said yesterday. There had been some speculation that Nola, the team's first-round pick (seventh overall) in last June's draft, could get a big-league audition this spring, regardless of the team's intentions of starting him in the minor leagues in 2015.
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January 5, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The easiest items to remove in the Phillies' offseason garage sale are gone. Jimmy Rollins' wheels may be old, but the engine still runs pretty well, and there was lots of value in the glove department. The $11 million price tag was minuscule for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the highest payroll in baseball. Marlon Byrd, meanwhile, has gotten better with age, and once the Phillies decided to eat $4 million, the Cincinnati Reds were willing to give up an upper-level prospect (pitcher Ben Lively)
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