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.
August 4, 2015 |
JUST DAYS after being dealt to the Phillies from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade, Matt Harrison seems to be settling in with his new ballclub. The 29-year-old veteran lefthander could be seen chatting intently in the clubhouse yesterday with outfielder Jeff Francoeur, catcher Cameron Rupp, starting pitcher Aaron Harang, and even former slugger Pat Burrell, who was in town for Phillies Alumni Weekend. However, Harrison's relationships with his new teammates will be strictly off the field for the foreseeable future, as he has been placed on the disabled list due to lower-back inflammation.
August 3, 2015 |
Pete Mackanin met Matt Harrison on Friday, shortly before the Phillies placed the starting pitcher on the disabled list with lower back inflammation. The interim manager told Harrison, whom the Phillies acquired from Texas as part of the Cole Hamels trade, to look to next season. Mackanin is doubtful Harrison will pitch for the Phillies this year. "I said, 'I know you feel bad, but we're looking at you for what we're about to become rather than this year,' " Mackanin said. "Because, we're really not playing for a whole lot this year.
July 20, 2015 |
Chad Billingsley cruised through the first five innings in a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies starter threw just 70 pitches as he scattered four hits without allowing a run. It was his finest performance of the season. Four more outs and it would have been his longest outing since 2012. But the mound was empty to start the sixth inning. The bullpen door opened and Jake Diekman jogged to the infield. Billingsley was done. The righthander's stellar night ended with a bizarre finish.
July 4, 2015
Aaron Harang on Thursday became the latest Phillies starter to land on the disabled list, further increasing the chances the struggling righthander will remain with the team beyond the July 31 trade deadline. A day after allowing a season-worst eight runs and 14 hits in a 9-5 loss, the 37-year-old Harang received a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The move was made in conjunction with Chad Billingsley's being activated from the disabled list. Billingsley started Thursday against the Brewers.
April 28, 2015 |
THE RETURN of Domonic Brown from the disabled list could hasten the end of the Grady Sizemore era in Philadelphia. The 32-year-old outfielder entered yesterday hitting .133 (4-for-30) with a double, one walk and five strikeouts, numbers that were similar to his production during spring training. The Phillies gave Sizemore $2 million guaranteed to re-sign with the club early in the offseason, but it's hard to come up with a reason why he shouldn't be the odd man out if the Phillies decide to add Brown to the active roster by Wednesday, when his 20-day rehab assignment for an Achilles' tendon injury is set to expire.
April 3, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The sensation in Ken Giles' back was described to Ruben Amaro Jr. as milder than the ailment that slowed third baseman Cody Asche for four days. The Phillies general manager does not anticipate a stint on the disabled list for the team's promising setup man. "We wouldn't risk it if we think it's a risk," Amaro said. Giles exited his outing Tuesday after facing two batters. The 24-year-old downplayed the injury afterward, calling it "just tightness. " Wednesday, Amaro called it a mild mid-back strain.