October 15, 2014 |
JIMMY ROLLINS, who has been in a Phillies uniform long enough to accumulate more hits than any player in franchise history, experienced a first in 2014: He spent the entire season on a team that would finish in last place. "It's not a place anyone wants to be," Rollins said. "But it is the place we ended up. And that's all I can say about it. " Given his team's place in a big market with a big payroll and big expectations, Rollins understands that last place is unacceptable.
August 20, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Jahli Hendricks' batting-practice hit drifted into shallow center field on Monday afternoon, sending Jack Rice a few steps inward. Rice dove headfirst and snared the ball in his glove before it hit the grass. If anyone was worried that Taney's third baseman would be affected by the blow to the face he took early in Sunday's win over Pearland, Texas, that catch put those concerns to rest. Manager Alex Rice said his son was fine. Rice is expected to be in the starting lineup Wednesday when Taney plays in the third round of the Little League World Series against Mountain Ridge (Las Vegas)
August 6, 2014 |
WITHOUT EVEN playing yesterday, Philadelphia's Taney Dragons nailed down a berth in Friday's semifinals of the Little League Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, Conn. When the Newark (Del.) National team that Taney beat on Sunday bounced back yesterday to beat Northwest Washington (D.C.), Taney (2-0) was assured of advancing to the semifinals by virtue of winning tiebreakers. But first, there still is a game to be played tonight, against Colonie (N.Y.) Little League. One big reason that Taney finds itself in this enviable position is star female pitcher and infielder Mo'ne Davis.
May 8, 2014 |
KYLE KENDRICK was a pitch away from either getting out of a dicey seventh inning, or, in his words, letting the game get "out of hand. " But with the bases loaded and one out on Monday night, and Toronto already up, 3-0, Kendrick threw a 3-1 sinker and watched as Edwin Encarnacion grounded into a 6-4-3 doubleplay to end the inning. But it wasn't a traditional 6-4-3 doubleplay. Shortstop Freddy Galvis fielded the ball in the hole between where a third baseman and shortstop are usually positioned.
April 4, 2014 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - The ball skipped past Chase Utley, drawn in because the tying run stood on third base, and Jonathan Papelbon raised his arms in disgust. The richest closer in baseball blew his first save opportunity of 2014, and with it the chance at a season-opening series victory vanished. Minutes after a 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night, Papelbon sat with his left leg crossed over his right and stared into his empty locker. Pitching coach Bob McClure consoled him. "It's just one of those weird innings, man," Papelbon said.
March 27, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A white placard bearing his name still graced the top of the locker where he used to dress, but Kevin Frandsen was nowhere to be found yesterday. Nor is he expected to be found from this point forward, at least not at Bright House Field or Citizens Bank Park or anywhere else where players in Phillies jerseys congregate. The veteran infielder informed the organization yesterday that he had decided to decline an assignment to Triple A Lehigh Valley, a move that came as a mild surprise since it meant he was forgoing the $900,000 salary he was guaranteed to be paid for 2014.
March 23, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed Friday that Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis has contracted MRSA. "Right now we are more concerned about his overall health than anything else," Amaro said. "He will be in the hospital for a little bit, but we are not sure how long. " According to the Mayo Clinic, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus auerus (MRSA) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections.
March 5, 2014 |
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - With one week completed in the Grapefruit League schedule, the typical spring maladies have affected the Phillies infield. Reserves Freddy Galvis (twisted right ankle) and Ronny Cedeno (back tightness) were removed Monday from a 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Cody Asche nursed a bruised right hand while Jimmy Rollins stayed home with flu symptoms. None of the ailments was considered serious. Asche's provided the biggest scare, but his day was not a total loss. The third baseman participated in infield drills one day after being drilled on his right hand by a pitch.
January 15, 2014
The Phillies signed veteran infielder Ronny Cedeno to a minor-league contract and invited him to spring training, which opens Feb. 13 in Clearwater, Fla. Cedeno, 30, played in 89 games with Houston and San Diego last season, batting a combined .242 with eight doubles, three triples, three home runs and 21 RBIs. He has played all four infield positions at different points during a nine-year big-league career that included stints with the Chicago Cubs, Seattle, Pittsburgh and the New York Mets.
November 21, 2013 |
The Phillies signed veteran infielder Reid Brignac to a minor-league deal on Tuesday, and they have more roster shuffling to do on Wednesday. Brignac, 27, provides depth at triple-A Lehigh Valley. He can play both shortstop and second base. He is a career .221 hitter known for his glove. He could fill the role Michael Martinez did for the previous two seasons. All 30 teams must set their reserve lists by midnight Wednesday in advance of December's Rule 5 draft. Players eligible for protection must be added to the 40-man roster before then or become subject to selection by another team.