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September 5, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
JAYSON WERTH swung and connected. Cesar Hernandez broke back and to his left, a little late, hesitant, but it was the right break to make. It was an imperfect play, but understandably so: After all, this was only the 22nd game Hernandez had ever played in any outfield. He sped on the correct line, surged for the last few steps and ran the ball down near with frighteningly little effort, stopping with comical grace on the warning track. Hernandez gave a late-arriving crowd Monday a thrill to end the first inning of a game meaningless except for this; meaningless, except for him. It will be a black September for Phillies fans, now spoiled to expect postseason positioning as summer turns to fall.
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September 4, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies will add six minor-league players as September call-ups, but some notable prospects will be left waiting by the phone. Catcher Cameron Rupp, a former third-round pick who ascended to the top of the organization's catching ladder with a solid season, was added to the roster. Lefty Mauricio Robles, a hard thrower with shaky command, earned a promotion. They are joined by infielder Freddy Galvis and pitchers Tyler Cloyd, Luis Garcia and Joe Savery. Enigmatic reliever Phillippe Aumont apparently will be sent home.
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August 20, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
JIMMY ROLLINS' cellphone buzzed early Friday afternoon. It was a text from his longtime doubleplay partner, Chase Utley. The message: You might want to get in here soon. Utley was letting Rollins know that Charlie Manuel was getting fired. "All things come to an end," Rollins said later that night. It was a pretty casual statement from Rollins, who might have to consider his own future before too long. Rollins turns 35 this winter and is in the second year of a 3-year, $33 million contract that includes a vesting option for a fourth season.
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August 19, 2013 | By Zach Helfand, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Freddy Galvis sat in the Lehigh Valley dugout Wednesday and gazed out toward the diamond. No one was in the infield. The game for the triple-A IronPigs would start in 90 minutes, and Galvis would play shortstop. That much he knew. Beyond that, he was not so sure. "I don't know, man," he said, looking down. "Right now, it's a lot of people with contracts in the big leagues, so . . . " he paused for a moment. "I don't have a spot. " Galvis was once the future of the Phillies' middle infield.
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August 8, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
RUBEN AMARO Jr. was pretty much as blindsided as everyone else in baseball. It wasn't until Sunday night that Antonio Bastardo reached out to the Phillies general manager. "He said there might be something that goes on here," Amaro said. "That was the only real heads-up I had. " The next day, Bastardo was among the 12 major league players who agreed to begin serving 50-game suspensions for involvement with Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
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July 29, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
IT'S NOT THAT Chase Utley cannot play baseball any longer. It's that Utley cannot play second base for 150 games in the National League any longer. As such, the Phillies should not extend his deal, which expires after this season; they should trade him by Wednesday's deadline. He never will submit to only hitting, but he shouldn't have to. The ideal fit: A team where Utley can sometimes play second base, usually play first base and often act as the designated hitter. In that scenario, his chronically bad, 34-year-old knees might last him until he's 40. He has DH'd only once in his career but Utley is a spectacular pinch-hitter - .320 with five homers in 59 tries - if that indicates anything.
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July 26, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - In addition to their loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday night, the Phillies lost their most powerful offensive weapon for at least a couple of games. Domonic Brown said yesterday that he was feeling much better than he did the previous night, when he experienced some dizziness after slamming to the Busch Stadium outfield grass while diving after a seventh-inning fly ball. The leftfielder said he hoped to return to the lineup sooner, but that Major League Baseball's protocol for dealing with concussions would not allow it. "You automatically miss 2 days once you start filling out the concussion form," said Brown, who went through a series of diagnostic tests under the supervision of head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan, the results of which were then written up and forwarded to the league office.
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July 15, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Freddy Galvis loved his time with the Phillies this year, enjoyed everything about being a major-leaguer. There is only one thing he missed. "At-bats," Galvis said. Galvis hit .207 in 150 at-bats for the Phillies this season. After Chase Utley returned from his oblique injury, Galvis wasn't seeing much time, and the Phillies wanted him to play every day. This came after an abbreviated season last year, when he was placed on the disabled list June 7 with a partial fracture of one of his vertebrae.
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July 8, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The mathematics being performed by the Phillies in the coming weeks and months is going to involve only addition, subtraction, and multiplication. The degree of difficulty, however, must seem more on the level of advanced calculus for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and his team of decision makers. Perhaps the most complicated problem of them all will be at catcher. What to do about Carlos Ruiz? This dilemma is a reflection of just how fast the game of baseball can change.
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July 8, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
Depending on moves the Phillies could make before the July 31 trade deadline, a few players waiting in the wings at triple-A Lehigh Valley could be called on to fill spots on the big-league roster. IronPigs third baseman Cody Asche and second baseman Cesar Hernandez - both 23-year-olds and triple-A all-stars this season - are swinging hot enough bats to make a case for a trip to Philadelphia. But Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage isn't convinced the prospects should be leaving Allentown any time soon.
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