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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.
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July 21, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
1. Jesse Biddle has been out of action since he was placed on the temporary inactive list on June 26 for a mental break. Biddle, The Inquirer's fifth-ranked Phillies prospect, has been working in Clearwater since, and Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said Thursday that the Germantown Friends product is on his way back to feeling confident on the mound again. "I think he's really back to himself right now," Jordan said. "He's very, very relaxed, his throwing sessions have been really good.
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July 15, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The notion that the Phillies do not have a plan for the future is misguided. It just depends on which future you're talking about. Exactly what the plan is for the impending trade deadline, which is closing fast on general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., remains a mystery probably even to him. The smart money, especially after another lost weekend at Citizens Bank Park, continues to be on the trade-the-veterans-for-prospects strategy. The long-term solution, meanwhile, requires a patience that has mostly grown thin for fans who had become spoiled by nine consecutive winning seasons and five straight division titles before the ongoing collapse that started in 2012.
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July 14, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and director of player development Joe Jordan couldn't have been more frank when assessing the minor-league system. "There are not enough offensive players in our system," Amaro said last week. "We feel we need to do better than that, and it certainly is something that is a priority for us. " Jordan went further. "We need more of everything," he said. "We are like 29 other teams. " In fairness, the system has helped the team in a few spots this year.
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July 3, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - The immediate sensation from being struck in the head by a 78-m.p.h. curveball was not enough to prevent Carlos Ruiz from catching the final three innings of a 14-inning win over the Marlins on Thursday. But Ruiz suffered a concussion that night, and there has been no progress since. His injury "is maybe a little more serious than we originally thought, unfortunately," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday. "He's had concussion issues in the past, so we have to be careful with him. " Ruiz did not travel with the team.
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June 28, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Jesse Biddle's next start had been scheduled for Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. Instead, the Phillies decided it was time for one of their top prospects to stop pitching for a while. According to a release sent out by the double-A Reading Fightin Phils, Biddle was placed on the temporary inactive list Thursday. "We decided to give Jesse a mental break," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "In order to do that, we had to place him on the temporary inactive list.
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June 27, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IN THE SPAN of 3 weeks, Jesse Biddle has gone from the top pitching prospect in the Phillies' farm system to a struggling starter removed from Double A Reading's rotation. Biddle was placed on the temporarily inactive list yesterday. "We decided to give Jesse a mental break," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. "In order to do that, we had to place him on the temporary inactive list. " Biddle, the Germantown Friends product the Phillies selected with the 27th overall pick in the first round of the 2010 draft, is 3-9 with a 5.03 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in his second season at Reading.
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June 27, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
AT THIS time last year, they represented two of the biggest hopes for an expedited rebuilding process. On June 27, Jesse Biddle had a 3.21 ERA with 91 strikeouts and 43 walks in 81 1/3 innings at Double A Reading. "Bring him up!," cried a fan base that had watched Roy Halladay hit the disabled list as the Phillies languished near the bottom of the NL East. On June 27, Domonic Brown hit his 21st home run and tallied his 55th RBI. He was on pace for 44 of the former and 113 of the latter.
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June 25, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A timetable for Cliff Lee's return from a strained left elbow crystallized Monday, and the Phillies star lefthander could be sidelined until after the all-star break. Lee, by all accounts, has progressed well from the injury that forced him to the disabled list May 19. But the process to rebuild arm strength requires time. The Phillies will be deliberate with Lee. "He is passing all the tests," manager Ryne Sandberg said. Lee will throw an elongated bullpen session Tuesday, one that will simulate downtime between innings.
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June 16, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
READING - Jesse Biddle's body language said it all. He was flummoxed after his start Wednesday, searching for answers he didn't have. He reflected disappointment in himself with every word he spoke, his eyes downcast and his hands in his pockets. "Baseball is simple," Biddle said. "Pitching, you just want to throw the ball where the glove is. I have a tendency to complicate it. " In a matter of weeks, the 22-year-old lefthander out of Germantown Friends School has gone from top prospect to top cause of concern in the Phillies' system.
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