August 2, 2016 |
ATLANTA - Jeremy Hellickson flipped over his right hand Sunday morning to reveal a bruised palm and nothing more. "I'll be all right," Hellickson said. The 29-year-old righthanded pitcher injured his hand on a swing in Saturday night's win. He took comfort in knowing he will have some extra time before his next scheduled start, Friday in San Diego, because of an off day. Of course, Hellickson could have a new employer by 4 p.m. on Monday. The Phillies, according to an ESPN.com report , have maintained a high price for Hellickson.
December 2, 2015 |
THE INVENTORY of pitchers that will be participating for big-league jobs this spring grew by one on Monday, when Phillies general manager Matt Klentak claimed another off waivers. Righthander Michael Mariot was claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals, becoming the fifth pitcher Klentak has added since taking over as GM at the end of October. The 27-year-old Mariot, who went 4-2 with a 2.32 ERA in 42 relief appearances at Triple A Omaha, joins rotation-lock Jeremy Hellickson (trade)
April 1, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jeremy Hellickson's final tune-up before opening day was marred by one pitch that he let slip Wednesday in the fifth inning of a 8-4 win over Houston in the Phillies' Grapefruit League finale. Andres Blanco hit a grand slam in the eighth as the Phillies scored eight times in the inning. Hellickson allowed four hits, struck out five and walked one in 42/3 innings. All three of the runs he allowed came on a two-out home run by Jose Altuve, who drove a low and inside two-seam fastball to left field.
January 17, 2016 |
The Phillies agreed to one-year contracts Friday with Jeremy Hellickson and Jeanmar Gomez, their final two arbitration-eligible players. Hellickson will earn $7 million in 2016, CSNPhilly.com reported. The Phillies acquired the 28-year-old righthander in a trade with Arizona last month to augment the starting rotation's young arms. Gomez signed a deal worth $1.4 million, according to several reports. He led all Phillies relievers with 742/3 innings in 2015. The deadline to exchange salary figures with unsigned arbitration-eligible players was Friday afternoon.
March 22, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jeremy Hellickson made his case to start on opening day by pitching five hitless innings Sunday as the Phillies rallied to top Houston, 5-4, at Bright House Field. Hellickson struck out six batters and walked three. He retired the first nine batters in order and faced just 16 batters. Hellickson ended the outing by striking out all three batters in the fifth inning. The righthander joined the Phillies in November through a trade with Arizona. The Phillies will start either the 28-year-old Hellickson or Aaron Nola when they open the season on April 4 in Cincinnati.
April 17, 2016 |
After enjoying strong starting pitching in the previous six games, including several lights-out efforts, the Phillies were pounded by a Washington Nationals team that looks like it means business this season. Making quick work of starter Jeremy Hellickson, the Nationals defeated the Phillies, 9-1, Friday before 22,624 at Citizens Bank Park. That snapped a modest three-game winning streak for the Phillies (5-6), while the Nationals (8-1) have won six in a row. Where are the San Diego Padres when you need them?
November 16, 2014
Mariners star Robinson Cano is expected to miss three to four weeks after breaking a toe during the Major League Baseball All-Stars tour of Japan. Seattle said Saturday that Cano will not need a cast and that the injury will heal with rest. He will likely be able to resume baseball activities in mid-December. The second baseman was hit by a pitch on the right foot during a 4-0 loss in Tokyo on Saturday. X-rays revealed a fracture in his small toe. Cano signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Mariners before last season.
August 3, 2016 |
Approaching baseball's non-waiver trade deadline from the high road occupied by contenders is a lot different than climbing up to it from below. The better teams have good seasons in the balance, seasons that could be improved with the right additions, but those organizations are already winners and their general managers are comfortable in their office chairs. That isn't the case for the teams that hold up the few attractive pieces of their rosters like rare produce from an otherwise fallow field, hoping desperately to get the seeds for a better harvest in return.
September 5, 2016 |
The best starter available in this winter's free-agent class has made one start since July 7 because of a blister on his left middle finger. The next best is a 29-year-old righthander with a career 3.92 ERA and will require the surrender of a draft pick to sign. There's a 43-year-old Dominican whose fastball cannot crack 90 mph and a 30-year-old Texan who throws much harder but cannot command it. It is a historically bad market for starting pitchers at a time when pitching has never been more expensive to acquire.
September 13, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Odubel Herrera entered Sunday with 56 strikeouts in his last 57 games. He has walked just 16 times in that span as his batting average and on-base percentage have reached season lows. It is hard to believe this is the same hitter who started the season with one of baseball's most patient approaches. "I don't really know what has changed - all that I know is that before, it was easier for me to be selective," Herrera said through an interpreter. "It was easier for me to identify good pitches from bad pitches.