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June 3, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A WEEK before he could file for free agency, Grady Sizemore was re-signed by the Phillies to a one-year, $2 million contract last October. Less than two months into the season, Sizemore has been cut loose. Sizemore, the 32-year-old former three-time All-Star who had his career curtailed by knee injuries, was released yesterday, the Phillies announced. Sizemore had been designated for assignment on Friday, when the Phillies recalled Cody Asche from Triple A Lehigh Valley. Sizemore, who split time in rightfield with fellow veteran Jeff Francoeur the first two months, hit .245 with a .584 OPS in 39 games this season.
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June 26, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies took interest in Grady Sizemore's comeback last winter, but not the way the Red Sox did. Boston offered Sizemore, 31, a guaranteed major-league contract. The Red Sox released the former Cleveland Indians star on June 18 after 205 mediocre plate appearances and a .216 batting average - significant because no outfield corps is worse than Boston's. On Tuesday, the Phillies decided Sizemore was worth the zero risk of a minor-league deal. The talented but often-injured Sizemore will report Thursday to triple-A Lehigh Valley for an audition in center field.
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July 13, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Grady Sizemore understands that it will take some time to regain his baseball form, but he's glad to be doing it in Philadelphia. The three-time all-star outfielder was inserted into the starting lineup and hit leadoff in his first appearance with the Phillies during Friday's game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Sizemore, who didn't play in 2012 or 2013 and appeared in 104 games combined in 2011 and 2010 while dealing with a variety of injuries, signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on June 25, nearly a week after being released by the Boston Red Sox. After playing 11 games for Lehigh Valley and hitting .283, Sizemore's contract was selected by the Phillies from the IronPigs on Friday.
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May 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - Grady Sizemore regularly arrives early to the ballpark every day - out of necessity. Not unlike Chase Utley, Sizemore has to go through a rigorous pregame routine in order to get himself into the best shape to play. That's what happens when you undergo seven different surgeries between your 26th and 31st birthdays, including three on your knees, putting a once-bright baseball future in jeopardy. "I know what he's going through, and he's worked hard at it," Sizemore said of Utley.
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July 11, 2014 | By the Inquirer Staff
Albert Cartwright had three hits Wednesday night as the Reading Fightin Phils thumped the visiting Trenton Thunder, 10-1. Aaron Altherr hit two doubles and knocked in two runs for the Phils. Adam Loewen (1-2) went seven innings, yielding six hits and one run.   Lehigh Valley wins The IronPigs bounced back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the host Indianapolis Indians, 7-4. Third baseman Maikel Franco hit two doubles and Grady Sizemore had a hit for Lehigh Valley. Sizemore is batting .289.
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November 24, 2011 | Associated Press
The Cleveland Indians re-signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a one-year, incentive-based contract Wednesday, bringing back the former all-star who hasn't been able to stay on the field for three years. Last month the Indians declined a $9 million option for 2012 on Sizemore, who has undergone five surgeries the last two years and has played in just 210 games the last three seasons because of injuries. Sizemore reportedly drew interest as a free agent from several other teams, but decided to come back to Cleveland.
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July 30, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Phillies officials do not believe a long-term rebuilding process is necessary for a team hurtling toward another silent October, but few methods exist to inject young talent. A trade is one. The amateur draft remains the most crucial. The international market is another avenue, although it carries the most risk. That is why it is not surprising to see the Phillies, a team flush with money but no substantial minor-league talent, emerge as suitors for Rusney Castillo. The team will hold a private workout Tuesday with Castillo, a 27-year-old Cuban outfield prospect, according to a source.
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June 3, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A WEEK before he could file for free agency, Grady Sizemore was re-signed by the Phillies to a one-year, $2 million contract last October. Less than two months into the season, Sizemore has been cut loose. Sizemore, the 32-year-old former three-time All-Star who had his career curtailed by knee injuries, was released yesterday, the Phillies announced. Sizemore had been designated for assignment on Friday, when the Phillies recalled Cody Asche from Triple A Lehigh Valley. Sizemore, who split time in rightfield with fellow veteran Jeff Francoeur the first two months, hit .245 with a .584 OPS in 39 games this season.
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June 3, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The long major-league baseball season will consist of several ebbs and flows for rookie third baseman Maikel Franco. This most recent stretch of games has offered of a reminder of that. After a hot start following his much-anticipated May 15 season debut with the Phillies, Franco has cooled off over the team's season-worst seven-game losing streak. The promising 22-year-old Dominican enters the series opener Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds mired in a 2-for-27 slump. "It's a game of adjustments," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
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May 31, 2015 | By Matt Breen and Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Phillies late Friday promoted their top prospect, shortstop J.P. Crawford, from high-A Clearwater to double-A Reading. Crawford, 20, hit .392 in 20 games this season with the Threshers. He drove in eight runs, scored 14, and walked 14 times with just nine strikeouts. He missed about the first month of the season because of a strained oblique he suffered during spring training. The Phillies' first-round draft pick in 2013 joins a prospect-laden Reading club headlined by righthanders Aaron Nola and Zach Eflin and centerfielder Roman Quinn.
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May 24, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Odubel Herrera flinched as the baseball ricocheted off the wall and flew past him. The centerfielder had chased Ian Desmond's fly ball too far in the sixth inning of Friday's 2-1 loss to Washington. Now it was too late. The ball bounced away and into the Nationals Park outfield. It was eventually picked up by Grady Sizemore and relayed home. Herrera's gaffe allowed Washington pitcher Max Scherzer just enough time to score from first base. The pitcher even stumbled around third.
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May 21, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DENVER - Grady Sizemore regularly arrives early to the ballpark every day - out of necessity. Not unlike Chase Utley, Sizemore has to go through a rigorous pregame routine in order to get himself into the best shape to play. That's what happens when you undergo seven different surgeries between your 26th and 31st birthdays, including three on your knees, putting a once-bright baseball future in jeopardy. "I know what he's going through, and he's worked hard at it," Sizemore said of Utley.
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May 7, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - Chad Billingsley, who turns 31 in July, was as excited as a 20-year-old rookie on the eve of his first start of the season. Billingsley was 25 months and two elbow surgeries removed from his most recent major league game. About an hour before he took the mound for the Phillies last night at Turner Field, Billingsley's heart began pounding pretty fast. He rode the adrenaline in getting the first big-league batter he faced since 2013 to ground out, and then used it again when he dialed up 93 mph on his seventh pitch of the night.
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April 28, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
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.
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April 23, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News taff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
BEFORE RYAN HOWARD stepped into the batter's box in the sixth inning of last night's game at Citizens Bank Park, 202 major leaguers had hit home runs in the first 2 weeks of this big-league season. Howard was not among them. Howard, 35, once went six straight seasons without hitting fewer than 30 home runs in a season. He led all of baseball in two of those seasons. In the 133-year history of the Phillies, only Mike Schmidt has hit more home runs than Howard. Demoted from his longtime cleanup spot in the lineup last week, Howard showed last night that, although he's nowhere near the caliber of player he was when he hit 40-plus home runs every year from 2006 to 2009, he can still occasionally put a charge into a baseball and send it a long way from home plate.
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April 20, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Odubel Herrera stood on first base and looked into the Phillies dugout. The rookie outfielder clapped twice to his teammates after driving in an insurance run in the ninth inning of a 5-3 victory Saturday over the Washington Nationals. He raised his fists to his helmet, mimicking a pair of bull horns. Herrera - nicknamed "El Torito," or "little bull" - brought energy to a Phillies team that needed a spark. The win was their first after six straight losses. Herrera had three hits, including a double for his fifth extra-base hit in four games.
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