July 8, 2013 |
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.
June 29, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - There was no reason, Charlie Manuel said in spring training, for stashing Freddy Galvis at triple A. The Phillies manager is enamored of the 23-year-old infielder. He adores his baseball instincts, his energy for the game, and his willingness to learn. He wanted Galvis on his bench. That lasted for three months. The Phillies acquired 38-year-old veteran John McDonald in a minor trade Thursday with the Cleveland Indians. He will supplant Galvis, who was optioned to triple A after Thursday's game, when he joins the team on Friday.
June 28, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Charlie Manuel loves Freddy Galvis. He loves his energy, his instincts, and of course, his glove. Manuel isn't afraid to plug the smooth-fielding Galvis into any spot on the diamond. But Manuel also understands the 23-year-old Galvis is still a developing player and not a finished product. And he simply doesn't have a place to play Galvis enough regularly to keep his bat in motion. The Phillies acquired 38-year-old infielder John McDonald from the Cleveland Indians yesterday in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.
June 21, 2013 |
SECOND BASEMAN Chase Utley last night took another step to returning to the Phillies' lineup. Utley, who was placed on the disabled list on May 21 after suffering a right oblique strain, began his rehab assignment in Reading. He played eight innings at second base last night and finished 0-for-4 at the plate in the Fightin' Phils' 9-8 extra-innings win over the Portland Sea Dogs. The 34-year-old veteran said he felt strong in his return and was happy to face live pitching again.
June 10, 2013 |
At the end of last week, the Phillies were being portrayed as sellers at the July 31 trade deadline. The vultures were lining up for Cliff Lee, the team's best starter so far this season, and Jonathan Papelbon, the closer who was considered a Porsche for a team that was on a 162-game ride to nowhere. By the end of this week, you had to wonder who the Phillies could add to make that one last run with the core players who have celebrated so much success. Regardless of which way the Phillies go at the deadline, difficult decisions lie ahead for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. They begin with the starting rotation.
June 7, 2013 |
The competition to see who replaces Jimmy Rollins as the Phillies' future shortstop got a little more crowded Thursday night when the team selected J.P. Crawford of Lakewood (Calif.) High School with the 16th overall pick in the first-year player draft. It is the same high school attended by righthander Shane Watson, the Phillies' first selection in last year's draft. Freddy Galvis is the leader in the clubhouse to replace Rollins because he is already in the big-league clubhouse.
June 5, 2013 |
Michael Young rejoined the Phillies Monday after spending five days in Texas tending to a personal matter involving his 9-month-old son Antonio. "Without getting into too much detail, I got a phone call that there was something up at home with my 9-month-old son about a half hour before that Tuesday game in Boston," Young said. "I hopped on a flight on Wednesday. " Young played Tuesday in Boston, but he admitted the game was a blur. "Yeah, I don't really remember too much about that game," he said.
May 31, 2013 |
A CASUAL GLANCE at the lineup card was all you needed to recalibrate your expectations. With back-to-back wins over the Red Sox threatening to lure you back into believing in a season beyond September, the Phillies unveiled a batting order that featured a pair of corner infielders who had combined for 17 home runs in their major league careers and a second baseman who was making his first major league start. The result was what you might have expected, even with a spot starter on the mound.
May 29, 2013 |
BOSTON - Freddy Galvis worked himself into a hitter's count, eyed up a fastball and probably hit the pitch as well as he has hit any pitch in a half-dozen years in professional baseball. It was the kind of swing the Phillies needed to create a different kind of swing in a lopsided game at Fenway Park. The Phils entered the sixth inning trailing by the equivalent of a touchdown (plus the extra point) to the revamped Red Sox. But they loaded the bases for their eight-hole hitter and he tried to do his best impression of the guy he was replacing.
May 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - This is the way it has been throughout this hard-to-explain season for Cole Hamels. Things fell apart quickly again. After pitching six scoreless innings, Hamels surrendered five runs in the seventh on Sunday as the Phillies dropped a 6-1 decision to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Once again, Hamels was not helped by his offense or his defense as he saw his record drop to 1-8 and his team's to 24-26. "He threw excellent today and everything worked for him," Phillies catcher Humberto Quintero said.