July 9, 2016 |
DENVER - Adam Morgan's start Thursday night was his first in two weeks. The 11-2 loss to Colorado will likely be his last for a while. Morgan - who has a habit of yielding home runs - was no match for hitter-friendly Coors Field on a hot summer night when the ball flew. He allowed six earned runs in five innings and was tagged for three homers. The lefthander is tied with Jeremy Hellickson for the team lead in home runs allowed (16), even though he has started six fewer games. After the game, the Phillies optioned Morgan to triple-A Lehigh Valley.
July 5, 2016 |
Vince Velasquez threw five pitches Sunday afternoon before he was visited on the mound by Phillies manager Pete Mackanin and a member of the team's training staff. It seemed to be the same scene that unfolded on June 8 - Velasquez' last start at Citizens Bank Park - when the pitcher left with a sore biceps and headed to the disabled list. None of those five pitches eclipsed 90 mph as Velasquez struggled to build velocity. The mound visit appeared to be a harbinger of bad news. It instead proved to be an empty scare and a 7-2 win over Kansas City was just getting started.
June 26, 2016 |
SAN FRANCISCO - All along, Vince Velasquez predicted he would need just one minor-league rehab start, and there he was Friday with his Phillies teammates to throw a bullpen session at AT&T Park. "I knew what I had to do in Reading," Velasquez said, "and I did it. " So Velasquez, on the disabled list since June 9 with a strained right biceps, should start Monday in Arizona. The question, then, is how many more starts Velasquez will make in 2016. The Phillies will limit the innings of Velasquez, who threw just 88 1/3 innings in 2015.
June 24, 2016 |
READING - Wednesday night did not exactly begin the way Vince Velasquez had planned. The Phillies pitcher forgot to retrieve his toll ticket when entering the Pennsylvania Turnpike en route to Reading for a rehab start. He was required upon exiting to pay the maximum fee. Velasquez then allowed a home run to the first batter he faced at double-A Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium. It was a frustrating start, but Velasquez recovered. The righthander gave up just one more hit and threw 76 pitches in five innings of a 4-1 win against Akron.
May 9, 2016 |
How are the Phillies' top 10 prospects, as ranked by MLB.com, faring in the minor leagues? (Weekly stats from April 29 to May 5.) J.P. Crawford SS, Reading (AA) Crawford missed two games with an ingrown fingernail on his left thumb. In his second at-bat after the respite, he homered to center. His time at double-A Reading could be nearing an end. AB H BA 2B 3B HR BB SO RBI SB Last week 15 4 .267 0 0 1 2 4 6 1 Season 86 24 .279 4 0 2 6 21 17 4 Jake Thompson RHP, Lehigh Valley (AAA)
September 6, 2015 |
BOSTON - The final image of Domonic Brown's season - if not his tenure with the Phillies - could turn out to be Wednesday night's gaffe that caused him to tumble into the Citi Field stands, turning a Mets single into an inside-the-park home run. The Phillies announced on Friday that Brown's crash caused him to suffer a concussion. He did not travel with the team for the weekend's three-game series at Fenway Park. He will have to pass concussion tests before rejoining the Phillies. It is the second concussion of Brown's career.
August 17, 2015 |
MILWAUKEE - Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin spent part of his 47 years in baseball as a scout, traversing the country writing reports on players like Chase Utley. He would sit behind home plate, just like the men who watched on Saturday night as Utley went 2 for 4 with a homer in a 4-2 loss to Milwaukee. What would Mackanin scribble in his scouting notebook? "I would say that I have high interest in him for whatever my purposes would be," Mackanin said. "At least since he [returned from the disabled list]
August 14, 2015 |
COULD CHASE UTLEY be gone before the Phillies return from their 10-day, three-city road trip on Sunday night? Has he already played in his last game at Citizens Bank Park in red pinstripes? The San Francisco Giants have made a trade offer to acquire Utley, according to reports from the San Francisco Chronicle and MLB.com. Both reported that Giants general manager Bobby Evans confirmed that an offer had been made to the Phillies. Utley cleared waivers on Tuesday and can be traded to any team - with his approval - and be eligible for that team's postseason roster if a deal is consummated before Sept.
August 12, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Major League Baseball's trade deadline arrived more than 10 days ago, but it doesn't mean major league teams are finished shopping for roster upgrades. The Phillies traded for a vital piece of their 2008 championship run in August: home-run hero Matt Stairs. Teams can still trade for players this month - and have them eligible for postseason play - if they consummate a deal before Sept. 1. The catch is those players must be moved through waivers - either in getting claimed off waivers, claimed and traded for, or passing through waivers and then traded.
August 9, 2015 |
SAN DIEGO - For the first time in nearly 6 weeks - a time period in which the team changed managers, hired a new team president and traded two All-Star pitchers - Chase Utley was back in the Phillies' lineup last night at Petco Park. Utley was activated from the disabled list a day earlier. He had been sidelined since June 23 with right ankle inflammation. When he was placed on the DL, Utley was hitting .179 with a .532 OPS - both last among qualifying hitters at the time.