April 25, 2014 |
LOS ANGELES - In one corner of the new, visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, a sushi chef laid out his spread for hungry ballplayers. On the other side of the room, a few players dug into one of the boxes of In-N-Out burgers. Cody Asche wasn't on either side. Asche was in the indoor hitting cage, working on his craft, more than 2 hours before the Phillies took the field for pregame batting practice. "When you're not playing, you just want to stay fresh," Asche said. "So I'm just continuing to do my routine, what works for me. What's worked for me my whole career.
April 15, 2014 |
Twice, A.J. Burnett felt pain from his groin Sunday morning while he threw a bullpen session. It did not linger. The 37-year-old righthander said everything went "better than expected. " Still, he harbors fears of a larger problem, and that is why Burnett will see a doctor Monday. His Wednesday start against Atlanta is still in question. "I feel good," Burnett said, "but I want my mind to be 100 percent. " The Phillies were concerned enough to limit David Buchanan's start Sunday at triple-A Lehigh Valley to 12 pitches in one inning.
April 13, 2014 |
HELP COULD soon be on the way for the Phillies' beleaguered bullpen. Veteran setup man Mike Adams is targeting a Monday return, contingent upon a successful outing at Triple A Lehigh Valley today. The Phillies' bullpen entered yesterday with a 5.40 ERA, ranked second-worst in the National League. Phillies relievers were averaging only 7.09 strikeouts per nine innings, second-lowest in the NL (Washington and Atlanta rank first and second at 12.71 and 11.86). Adams, 35, was one of baseball's best setup men from 2008-12, prompting the Phillies to sign him to a 2-year, $12 million deal last offseason.
March 24, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Darin Ruf appeared to be a favorite to not only be on his first major league Opening Day roster on March 31, but to also be in the lineup as a designated hitter when the Phillies open the season in Arlington against the Rangers. But Ruf will not be able to do either of those things after an MRI on his rib cage yesterday. He is likely to miss the entire first month of the season. Ruf was diagnosed with a Grade 1/2 left oblique strain and is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks, the Phillies announced after yesterday's exhibition game against Boston.
September 25, 2013 |
MIAMI - The Phillies arrived at their hotel Sunday at 10 p.m., and a whirlwind day that started with an early-morning negotiating session between general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and Ryne Sandberg's agents ended with Sandberg able to think beyond this final week. His seven-year quest that started in the Midwest League was complete. But, after a 4-3 loss to the New York Mets, there was no celebrating for the Phillies manager. "I'll save it," he said. Instead, a three-year deal provides security and a chance to implement more change.
September 13, 2013 |
ROY HALLADAY'S first two pitches were out of the strike zone. His third was sent over the rightfield fence at Citizens Bank Park. Of the final five batters Halladay faced last night, four reached base by way of a walk while the other legged out an infield single that Halladay aided with an errant throw to first. Halladay's fourth start since returning from a 3-month layoff from shoulder surgery was, at times, not pretty. His inability to throw a strike in the fifth inning was downright troubling.
August 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - When Pete Orr jogged to left field Wednesday, he became the 49th Phillies player in 2013, which equals the number of players used a season ago. The Phillies have seen just about every man worthy of a major-league promotion, which makes the expansion of rosters in September somewhat anticlimactic. There will be important additions, most likely after triple-A Lehigh Valley's season ends Monday. The most intriguing could be Cameron Rupp, a former third-round pick who has played his way to the top of the organization's depth chart at catcher.
August 27, 2013 |
ONCE AGAIN, the Phillies could do nothing but watch as another key member of the starting lineup left with an injury. In the third inning of Saturday's 12-7, 18-inning loss to the Diamondbacks, Domonic Brown left the game with soreness in his right Achilles' tendon. "I feel pretty good. My Achilles' has been pretty sore the last couple of days, but I am available to pinch-hit so we will see what happens," Brown said before yesterday's game. The Phillies' leader in homers and RBI was replaced by John Mayberry Jr., who then took over for Brown batting in the cleanup position.
August 22, 2013 |
First baseman Ryan Howard, who had left-knee surgery July 10, will begin baseball activities Thursday in Clearwater, Fla., assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. Speaking before Tuesday's game with the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park, Proefrock said that the baseball activity would consist of a hitting program, taking ground balls, and jogging. Howard has reportedly lost 15 to 20 pounds. "I know he is working hard," Proefrock said. "From everything I hear from people down there, he is in good spirits as well, and that is equally important.
August 10, 2013 |
Chase Utley was late. A Thursday morning physical examination, needed to finalize his two-year, $27 million contract extension, forced him to hurry. He whisked through the Phillies clubhouse with a dress shirt on a hanger. It was 10:35 a.m. The Phillies gave 42,510 fans a "Pride of the Phillies" poster that showed Utley's sweet lefthanded swing. He was awarded with something called the "Heart And Hustle" award in a pregame ceremony. He scampered around the diamond in a 12-1 victory with two doubles and two runs scored.