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August 21, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ethan Martin is a man of few words, but it doesn't require much thought by the 24-year-old rookie to understand his tenuous position in the Phillies' rotation. Roy Halladay and Jonathan Pettibone are scheduled for Tuesday minor-league rehab starts. Their returns are imminent. All Martin did was toss six scoreless innings Monday before wavering in the seventh of a 5-4 victory over Colorado. "A smoother performance," manager Ryne Sandberg said of Martin. "He really conserved his energy.
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June 22, 2007 | By Todd Zolecki, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ST. LOUIS - The Phillies have signed free-agent lefthander J.C. Romero to a minor-league contract. Romero, 31, will spend the immediate future working out with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies, but the Phillies hope Romero can help them at the big-league level at some point. He went 1-0 with a 3.15 earned run average in 23 appearances this season for the Boston Red Sox, but he also allowed 24 hits and 15 walks in 20 innings. He walked more batters than he struck out (11)
NEWS
August 20, 2010
  Tyson Gillies, one of three prospects acquired from the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade last offseason, was arrested in Clearwater early this morning and charged with felony cocaine possession, the Pinellas County Sheriff Department confirmed. Bond was posted and he was released.    Assistant general manager, player development and scouting Chuck LaMar read a statement on the team's behalf.    ?We are aware that Tyson Gillies was arrested today on a drug possession charge arising out of out of an incident that is alleged to have occurred this past June,?
SPORTS
June 21, 2004 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Phillies righthander Vicente Padilla had been scheduled to return to the Phillies rotation on Friday in Boston. If everything went well last night in Moosic, Pa., that is. It appears it didn't. Padilla, who has been on the disabled list since May 30 with tendinitis in his right biceps, made a rehab start for triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but left the game after just 33 pitches with elbow soreness. He will be evaluated today. There was no other information available, and it was not clear how the soreness might affect his return.
SPORTS
August 10, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
This was the ninth straight game in which Phillies leftfielder Domonic Brown wasn't in the starting lineup. Earlier it was because of tonsillitis, but now he says he is healthy. He made his last start July 29 in a 6-0 win over the Mets in New York. After that he was weakened, the second time in a month he felt that way. Tonsillitis was later diagnosed. Since his last start, Brown has appeared in six games, making six plate appearances. "I am good now, man," Brown said before the game Friday at Citizens Bank Park.
SPORTS
October 23, 2001 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Phillies have promoted scouting director Mike Arbuckle to assistant general manager for scouting and player development. General manager Ed Wade made the announcement over the weekend during the Phillies' organizational meeting in Clearwater, Fla. Arbuckle, in turn, promoted Marti Wolever from scouting coordinator to director of scouting. He also said Ruben Amaro Sr. would be his player-development adviser. "He'll work with me in many areas, whether it is scouting, working with new managers, or instruction," Arbuckle said.
SPORTS
July 20, 2004 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On June 23, the Atlanta Braves looked like the team everybody expected them to be. Dead. A 6-0 loss to Florida dropped them to 32-38 and 6 1/2 games behind the Marlins in the National League East. That completed a brutal stretch of 10 losses in 13 games. "I think everybody thought this would be the year, but everybody thought that last year, too," said Phillies pitcher Kevin Millwood, who spent his first six seasons with the Braves. "To do what they've done as long as they've done it, it has a lot more to do than just having talent.
NEWS
November 21, 2011 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ryne Sandberg is staying, Mickey Morandini is moving up a level, and two former Phillies are returning to the organization as minor-league coaches. Sandberg, after learning last week that he did not get the managerial job with the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, will be back for a second season as manager of the Phillies' triple-A Lehigh Valley team. Sandberg's staff will remain intact, with Sal Rende returning as a coach and Rod Nichols as the pitching coach. Morandini, after returning to the organization as the manager at single-A Williamsport last season, will move up to single-A Lakewood in 2012.
SPORTS
August 12, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Reading third baseman Maikel Franco understands the excitement and expectations his play has generated in a Phillies minor-league system that could definitely use an impact player. After dominating at high-A Clearwater earlier this year, Franco is doing the same since he was called up to double-A Reading. Yet when asked about appearing with the Phillies, possibly as early as next season, Franco smiled broadly. "Everybody wants to play in the big leagues, but it is not my decision," he said before a game last week against the Harrisburg Senators, the double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
SPORTS
June 10, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jesse Biddle is enjoying his final days as a high school kid. On Wednesday morning, he was at Germantown Friends School for the annual sports awards assembly. It was scheduled before Biddle was made the 27th overall pick in the baseball draft by the Phillies, the team he grew up idolizing. So that necessitated some changes to the assembly's program. The Phillie Phanatic showed up as Biddle was introduced to a standing ovation from the 350 students. Many wore Phillies shirts. (Some even duct-taped "BIDDLE" on the back of Phillies jerseys.
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August 11, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lefthander Jesse Biddle said he finally felt like his old self on the mound Wednesday, and the results backed him up. Biddle, the Phillies' first-round draft choice (27th overall) in 2010 from Germantown Friends, made a breakthrough start for high-A Clearwater. It was just his second appearance since June 23, when he was shut down for a "mental break. " He threw five no-hit innings for the Clearwater Threshers in a 4-0 win over the Daytona Cubs. "It was a good start, and I am excited," Biddle said by phone Friday.
SPORTS
August 10, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
This was the ninth straight game in which Phillies leftfielder Domonic Brown wasn't in the starting lineup. Earlier it was because of tonsillitis, but now he says he is healthy. He made his last start July 29 in a 6-0 win over the Mets in New York. After that he was weakened, the second time in a month he felt that way. Tonsillitis was later diagnosed. Since his last start, Brown has appeared in six games, making six plate appearances. "I am good now, man," Brown said before the game Friday at Citizens Bank Park.
SPORTS
August 5, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Catcher Tommy Joseph, The Inquirer's 11th-ranked prospect in the Phillies system, will undergo season-ending left wrist surgery on Tuesday. Surgeon Don Sheridan will perform the procedure on a tendon in Joseph's wrist. Joseph injured his wrist in a home-plate collision on May 9 while playing for double-A Reading. He returned last month to play six games for the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Joseph's most recent appearance for the GCL team was July 19. Earlier this year, Joseph missed a week with a head injury after taking a foul tip off his mask.
SPORTS
August 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - It wasn't the plan going into the season, but Lakewood, the Phillies' low-A affiliate, is employing a six-man rotation. Lefthanders Matt Imhof, who had a heavy college load, and Yoel Mecias, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, were recently promoted, and the Phillies want both 20-year-olds to have extra rest between starts. Plus, 19-year-old righthander Tyler Viza is in his first full professional season. Righthander Ranfi Casimiro, 22, like Viza, hasn't missed a start, so the Phillies organization thought the two could also benefit from extra rest.
SPORTS
July 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Jesse Biddle remains on double-A Reading's temporary inactive list, but the Phillies' 2010 first-round pick out of Germantown Friends School returned to the mound Saturday in Tampa, Fla. Pitching for the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Biddle covered two innings and faced eight batters in his team's 4-2 win over the GCL Yankees squad. He allowed one hit - a home run to Drew Bridges - walked one batter, and struck out three. "It was encouraging that he was back out there throwing," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development.
SPORTS
July 28, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
1. Following a slow start after being promoted from Lakewood to high-A Clearwater on June 19, shortstop J.P. Crawford is beginning to heat up. Last year's first-round pick and The Inquirer's No. 1 Phillies prospect, Crawford was hitting .387 (12 for 31) with two RBIs and an .879 OPS in his previous nine games heading into the weekend. Overall Crawford was hitting .276 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 116 at-bats for Clearwater. If the 19-year-old continues improving, could he begin next season at double-A Reading?
SPORTS
August 21, 2013 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ethan Martin is a man of few words, but it doesn't require much thought by the 24-year-old rookie to understand his tenuous position in the Phillies' rotation. Roy Halladay and Jonathan Pettibone are scheduled for Tuesday minor-league rehab starts. Their returns are imminent. All Martin did was toss six scoreless innings Monday before wavering in the seventh of a 5-4 victory over Colorado. "A smoother performance," manager Ryne Sandberg said of Martin. "He really conserved his energy.
SPORTS
August 12, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Reading third baseman Maikel Franco understands the excitement and expectations his play has generated in a Phillies minor-league system that could definitely use an impact player. After dominating at high-A Clearwater earlier this year, Franco is doing the same since he was called up to double-A Reading. Yet when asked about appearing with the Phillies, possibly as early as next season, Franco smiled broadly. "Everybody wants to play in the big leagues, but it is not my decision," he said before a game last week against the Harrisburg Senators, the double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
SPORTS
April 29, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Brady didn't lose sight of the significance that his first win for the Lakewood BlueClaws came not too far from where he competed in college at Clemson University. The 6-foot-3 righthander pitched five hitless innings, but also walked five in Tuesday's 4-0 victory over the Greenville Drive in South Carolina. "It feels good to get my first win close to where I competed in college and a lot of people came out to support me," Brady said in a phone interview from South Carolina.
SPORTS
August 26, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Justin De Fratus was hoping to pitch for the Phillies this year. While he hasn't made it to Philadelphia, the righthanded reliever for Lehigh Valley is happy to be pitching at all. He hurt his elbow working out in the offseason and landed on the disabled list March 26 with a right elbow strain. De Fratus, who will turn 25 in October, made one rehab appearance, for single-A Clearwater, Fla., on April 22. He then was shut down until July 10, when he made the first of two appearances with the Gulf Coast League Phillies.
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