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June 12, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chase Utley's rehab clock officially starts ticking at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Phillies announced Monday that their second baseman will begin his minor-league rehabilitation assignment when the single-A Clearwater Threshers play the Tampa Yankees on Tuesday night at Bright House Field. Utley will be Clearwater's designated hitter. Utley, out since the start of the season because of chronic soreness in both his knees, begins his rehab assignment nine days after he went to Clearwater and played in two extended spring-training games over a three-day period.
SPORTS
June 20, 2012
For Chase Utley, it was a start. Utley, who had been the Clearwater Threshers' designated hitter in three previous Florida State League single-A games, started at second base Monday night while rehabilitating his sore knees. He batted third, going 1 for 4 with an RBI and a strikeout before leaving after the sixth inning of an 11-7 win over Dunedin, a Toronto Blue Jays affiliate. He also played well in the field. In the first inning, he took a throw from catcher Cameron Rupp and tagged out Ryan Schimpf trying to steal second.
SPORTS
June 19, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
CLEARWATER'S Jesse Biddle had three strikeouts sandwiched around two infield hits in his one inning for the North in the Florida State League All-Star Game. The North, featuring six members of the Class A Threshers, lost, 6-3, Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. On his first pitch, Biddle, the Phillies' first-round pick in 2010, deflected a ball back up the middle by Marcell Ozuna that rolled to second baseman Ryan Schimpf. He struck out the next two batters swinging and then Blake Forsythe singled on an 0-2 pitch to short.
NEWS
June 24, 2012 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Chase Utley is headed north from Florida and could be activated by the Phillies as soon as Wednesday, according to a report. Comcast SportsNet's Jim Salisbury, citing an unnamed source, reported late Saturday that Utley would finish the last stage of his rehab in the Philadelphia area, possibly including a game with triple-A Lehigh Valley. Utley, who has not played with the Phils this season because of chronic pain in his knees, started his second straight game at second base for the Clearwater Threshers on Saturday.
SPORTS
August 21, 2010
The Phillies' minor-league system has been successful at the lowest levels but has struggled at the higher levels. Here are how things stand as of Thursday: In the International League (triple A), the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (49-76) are in fifth place in the North Division, 25 games behind first-place Scranton-Wilkes Barre (Yankees). In the Eastern League (double A), the Reading Phillies (59-63) are in fourth place in the Eastern Division, 14 games behind first-place Trenton (Yankees)
SPORTS
November 5, 2012
ON HALLOWEEN, the Reading Phillies, the Double A affiliate of the Phillies' major league franchise, announced they were undergoing a rebranding process. The first phase was announced Sunday and it wasn't a minor change. The Reading Phillies will no longer be called the Reading Phillies. As a part of the team's makeover, the Reading Phillies, also known as the "R-Phils," will unveil a new name, logo and jersey on Nov. 17 at FirstEnergy Stadium. It's a drastic chance for an organization that holds the longest relationship with a major league franchise in baseball.
NEWS
September 4, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daniel V. McDonough Jr., 68, formerly of Exton, a longtime supplier for food concessions at the Phillies complex in Clearwater, Fla., died of a stroke Tuesday at Mease Dunedin Hospital in Dunedin, Fla. In 1983, Mr. McDonough moved to Florida, where for five years he operated Glassware Plus, a restaurant supply company in Clearwater. After selling the firm, he was a subcontractor for restaurant supply companies. A lifelong Phillies fan, Mr. McDonough supplied food concessions for more than 20 years to the team's facilities in Clearwater, home of spring training and the Clearwater Threshers, a Phillies minor-league team.
SPORTS
July 19, 2008 | By JIM CAWLEY For the Daily News
His four-game minor league tour now behind him, Brett Myers is ready to prove he's "back on track. " The righthander pitched 6 2/3 innings for the Clearwater Threshers in Game 1 of last night's Florida State League doubleheader against the Brevard County Manatees. Myers allowed two earned runs, struck out six and walked one in the 3-2 loss. Minor league doubleheaders are limited to seven innings per game and Myers allowed the winning run with two outs in the seventh inning. So he earned a complete game - and the loss.
SPORTS
June 20, 2008 | By SCOTT PURKS For the Daily News
Kris Benson said he felt "a little awkward" standing on the mound in a Clearwater Threshers uniform, throwing in a Class A game against the Dunedin Blue Jays. Then he quickly added that his surgicially repaired right arm felt "great," which was the most important thing. Benson pitched two innings last night and said observers should not put too much stock in the fact that he gave up three home runs and five earned runs in the first inning. "I just got some fastballs over the plate because I wasn't sharp," said Benson, who hadn't thrown in a legitimate game in 20 months.
SPORTS
June 24, 2009 | By Scott Purks FOR THE INQUIRER
Phillies closer Brad Lidge stepped onto the mound at George M. Steinbrenner Field last night wearing a Clearwater Threshers uniform and feeling, he said, "very excited to get out there. " Lidge pitched the eighth inning for the Phillies' single-A affiliate against the Tampa Yankees, driving hard off the right knee he had sprained. He allowed no runs and no hits while walking one on 12 pitches, seven for strikes. His velocity reached 93 m.p.h. In his second rehabilitation game, Lidge threw eight fastballs and four sliders, according to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "We're pretty pleased, and I think he was pretty pleased," said Amaro, who indicated that the closer could be activated as soon as today.
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July 15, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Not surprisingly, Jairo Munoz was scared to death. It was late April, and he felt that telltale twinge of pain in his right elbow after throwing a pitch. Then his arm went dead, and his fastball did, too, and the dismal possibilities scrolled through his mind: that he might have torn a ligament or a tendon, that he might need Tommy John surgery, that his pro baseball career might be finished, that he might have to return to the Dominican Republic and to a life with little hope. And all of this happened just four weeks after a lightning bolt struck the house in which he used to live - the bedroom in which he used to sleep - and burned it to the ground.
SPORTS
May 8, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
J.P. Crawford's season debut proved to be worth the wait. The Phillies top prospect went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run Wednesday afternoon for the single-A Clearwater Threshers. Crawford, 20, missed the first month of the season after straining his left oblique late in spring training. The shortstop batted leadoff and was used as a designated hitter. Crawford reached base four times, scored twice, and drove in three runs as the Threshers defeated Brevard County, 7-3. Crawford said he will play in the field Thursday and Friday.
SPORTS
August 18, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Reading righthander Aaron Nola understood that this was another learning experience. After a sterling performance in a 9-2 win over Harrisburg in his double-A debut Aug. 6, the Phillies' first-round draft choice from LSU was quickly humbled in a rematch. During his second start, also against Harrisburg, Nola allowed three runs on three solo home runs in four innings Wednesday. He struck out two and walked one in throwing 78 pitches, 51 for strikes. "This makes me want to get over this quickly," Nola said.
SPORTS
July 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - When the Phillies signed Cuban righthander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a three-year, $12 million contract last August, they envisioned him in the starting rotation, potentially as a No. 3 starter. Gonzalez didn't pitch last year after signing, and the first action he had with the Phillies was during spring training. A shoulder injury in the spring was a major setback, and after three rocky minor-league starts, he was moved to the bullpen. Since being promoted from high-A Clearwater to double-A Reading earlier this month, Gonzalez has proven to be healthy and highly effective as a reliever.
SPORTS
November 5, 2012
ON HALLOWEEN, the Reading Phillies, the Double A affiliate of the Phillies' major league franchise, announced they were undergoing a rebranding process. The first phase was announced Sunday and it wasn't a minor change. The Reading Phillies will no longer be called the Reading Phillies. As a part of the team's makeover, the Reading Phillies, also known as the "R-Phils," will unveil a new name, logo and jersey on Nov. 17 at FirstEnergy Stadium. It's a drastic chance for an organization that holds the longest relationship with a major league franchise in baseball.
NEWS
June 24, 2012 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
Chase Utley is headed north from Florida and could be activated by the Phillies as soon as Wednesday, according to a report. Comcast SportsNet's Jim Salisbury, citing an unnamed source, reported late Saturday that Utley would finish the last stage of his rehab in the Philadelphia area, possibly including a game with triple-A Lehigh Valley. Utley, who has not played with the Phils this season because of chronic pain in his knees, started his second straight game at second base for the Clearwater Threshers on Saturday.
SPORTS
June 20, 2012
For Chase Utley, it was a start. Utley, who had been the Clearwater Threshers' designated hitter in three previous Florida State League single-A games, started at second base Monday night while rehabilitating his sore knees. He batted third, going 1 for 4 with an RBI and a strikeout before leaving after the sixth inning of an 11-7 win over Dunedin, a Toronto Blue Jays affiliate. He also played well in the field. In the first inning, he took a throw from catcher Cameron Rupp and tagged out Ryan Schimpf trying to steal second.
SPORTS
June 19, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
CLEARWATER'S Jesse Biddle had three strikeouts sandwiched around two infield hits in his one inning for the North in the Florida State League All-Star Game. The North, featuring six members of the Class A Threshers, lost, 6-3, Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. On his first pitch, Biddle, the Phillies' first-round pick in 2010, deflected a ball back up the middle by Marcell Ozuna that rolled to second baseman Ryan Schimpf. He struck out the next two batters swinging and then Blake Forsythe singled on an 0-2 pitch to short.
NEWS
June 14, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It may not look that way in the morning box score, but Chase Utley considered Tuesday night's exercise at Bright House Field another step in the right direction on his rickety knees. Playing in his first minor-league rehab game for the single-A Clearwater Threshers, Utley went hitless in five at-bats with three strikeouts and a foul-out against the Tampa Yankees. He was the designated hitter in Clearwater's 4-3, 10-inning loss, and when he swung and missed at an off-speed pitch from Tampa's Rigoberto Arrebato in the bottom of the ninth inning for his third straight strikeout, the sparse crowd taking advantage of dollar-dog-and-beer night booed the Philadelphia icon.
SPORTS
June 13, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chase Utley's rehab clock officially starts ticking at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Phillies announced Monday that their second baseman will begin his minor-league rehabilitation assignment when the single-A Clearwater Threshers play the Tampa Yankees on Tuesday night at Bright House Field. Utley will be Clearwater's designated hitter. Utley, out since the start of the season because of chronic soreness in both his knees, begins his rehab assignment nine days after he went to Clearwater and played in two extended spring-training games over a three-day period.
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