May 19, 2015 |
The Phillies' pitching depth took a pair of hits Sunday. Chad Billingsley was placed on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder and David Buchanan was carted off the field after hurting his right leg while fielding a ground ball for triple-A Lehigh Valley. Billingsley will miss his scheduled start Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. A likely candidate to start for him is righthander Severino Gonzalez, who is slated to pitch Wednesday in triple A. Friday was Billingsley's third and best start of the season.
May 6, 2015 |
ATLANTA - For three months last summer, Chad Billingsley wasn't much help in the bringing-in-the-groceries-from-the-car department. If he and his wife decided to go on vacation for a weekend, he was going to be hitting up the bellhop for help with the luggage. Handling the TV remote was about his limit. Billingsley underwent surgery on his right flexor tendon (elbow) just over 10 months ago. Two years ago, he had Tommy John surgery. Tonight, he'll take the mound at Turner Field and pitch in his first major league game in more than two years.
February 5, 2015 |
Kyle Kendrick, who pitched in 226 games for the Phillies over the last eight seasons, agreed Tuesday to a contract with the Colorado Rockies, according to several media reports. The 30-year-old righthander and first-time free agent reportedly will pitch on a one-year deal worth $5.5 million in base salary. The deal is a significant pay cut for the veteran, who made $7.7 million last season. Kendrick is coming off a season in which he recorded a 4.61 ERA over 32 starts. He surrendered a whopping 25 home runs (four fewer than the major-league lead)
June 22, 2014 |
ST. LOUIS - At first glance, the injury to Phillies third baseman Reid Brignac looked gruesome. During Thursday's 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Brignac tried to leg out an infield hit and arrived at the bag the same time as pitcher Shelby Miller, who fielded first baseman Matt Adams' underhand throw. Miller slid to tag the bag and Brignac also slid. He said there was not much room to touch the bag any other way. His ankle hit against the bag and Brignac writhed in pain.
June 15, 2014 |
Heath Fillmyer figured it was just simple math. "If I got drafted after throwing less than eight innings, what would happen if I pitched a whole season?" Fillmyer said of his thought process during the summer of 2013. Fillmyer, a 2012 Florence High School graduate, was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 28th round of the 2013 draft, after his freshman season at Mercer County College. The Rockies projected Fillmyer as a pitcher even though he had thrown a total of 71/3 innings that season.
May 30, 2014 |
Out of a torrid three-week stretch last year, out of an All-Star Game appearance and a 27-home run season, Domonic Brown had promised to develop into the rarest kind of Phillies player during the Ruben Amaro Jr. era: a bona fide, homegrown star. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz - those lineup mainstays have been around so long, have been asked to do so much. The Phillies had pinned their hopes on Ryne Sandberg's ability to coax one more superlative season out of those veterans, but Amaro's attempt as general manager to build a team that could still compete for a championship was never going to work without other, younger players replacing them as the foci of the franchise.
May 29, 2014 |
It was just a day off for Ryan Howard. That's what Ryne Sandberg said after holding his first baseman out of the starting lineup for just the third time in 49 games. "I've been looking for a day to give him a break," Sandberg said before Tuesday night's rain-delayed 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. "He's played a number of games in a row and had a real good approach against a righthanded pitcher [Monday] and I was happy with that. " The timing seemed awkward because Howard was coming off the most productive game of his season.
May 29, 2014 |
It was shortly after 11 p.m., in the final third of a game delayed by nearly 90 minutes at the outset by rain, when a young boy seated in the Hall of Fame Club level tried with all of his might to be the last voice of hope and optimism at Citizens Bank Park. "It's not over," he chanted. He chanted the same refrain a few more times. The Phillies were trailing by three runs at the time and still had two innings left to take their swings, so, technically, the kid was right. But he didn't have a whole heck of a lot of support, as only a few thousand (at most)
March 23, 2014
Propped up next to a satellite production truck, peering at a laptop outside Osceola County Stadium, Cullen McRae was practicing. Not hitting. Or pitching. Or fielding. The son of former big-league star and manager Hal McRae was busy watching TV. Specifically, preparing for his role as a replay wizard, a video review coordinator for the Miami Marlins. "It's cool to be a part of history," he said after Miami beat Houston, 7-2, Friday. "It's a work in progress for all of us. " Along with the rest of Major League Baseball, McRae is charging into this new world where managers can challenge calls by umpires.
December 15, 2013
The Colorado Rockies signed first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year, $12.5 million deal Friday. He will step in for Todd Helton, who retired at the end of the season. The Rockies were contemplating moving Michael Cuddyer from right field over to first base before the deal with Morneau. Like Helton, Morneau is a smooth-fielding first baseman. Since 2003, his fielding percentage (.996) is second to only Helton (.997). Over his 11-year career, Morneau is a .277 hitter. He was the 2006 American League MVP while a member of the Minnesota Twins, hitting .321 that season with 34 homers and 130 RBIs.