June 12, 2012 |
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.
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.
June 19, 2012 |
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.
June 24, 2012 |
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.
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)
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.
September 4, 2009 |
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.
July 19, 2008 |
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.
June 20, 2008 |
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.
June 24, 2009 |
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.