March 15, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The first sign Aaron Harang would miss his second start of this spring came Friday morning, when he watched as the rest of the Phillies pitchers played catch. The veteran righthander was scratched for Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Detroit Tigers because of lower-back discomfort. His status is day-to-day, the team said. "It's a little muscular thing that he has," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I'm not that concerned about it. " Righthander Paul Clemens, a nonroster invitee, will start in Harang's place.
March 14, 2015
LAKELAND, Fla. - Bob McClure, whose tenure in major-league baseball dates to 1975, said he once surveyed about 100 major- leaguers with 10 or more years of experience. The reason was to learn at what point bona fide big- leaguers realize they truly belong at the highest level of their sport. Nearly every one of them, McClure said, offered an answer of between their third and fourth big-league seasons. McClure, the second-year Phillies pitching coach, recounted that one morning this week while speaking about the second-youngest starter in the team's major-league camp.
March 13, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Philadelphia's own Jesse Biddle is scheduled to take the mound at Bright House Field against the Rays this afternoon for his second Grapefruit League appearances. It could be his last of 2015. Biddle, 23, isn't bidding for a spot in the Phillies' rotation. The former first-round pick's development has suffered in the last two seasons, where inconsistency on the mound has had him stuck at Double A. Biddle probably will be in the Reading rotation again when the regular season begins, and he'll need to continue to build up his arm as a starting pitcher in minor league camp.
March 9, 2015
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jesse Biddle tried to establish his fastball in the seventh inning of Saturday's Grapefruit League game. The problem was he left it up in the zone. Perhaps, the lefthander from Germantown Friends suggested, he was a bit too amped up for his first outing of the spring. The Phillies' former first-round pick is preparing for a pivotal season after a struggle-filled 2014. "I've been doing a really good job in bullpens and live [batting practice] and throwing really well, so I'm not going to let this outweigh everything else I've been doing," he said after allowing two runs on three hits in his inning of work against the Toronto Blue Jays.
February 21, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Before the Phillies officially opened their self-proclaimed rebuilding season on a wind-chilled Thursday morning at the Carpenter Complex, one of the young, promising pitchers they hope is part of a better tomorrow declared that he has been rejuvenated. "Something is testing me and I'm going to answer the bell," Jesse Biddle said. "I'm right here and I'm ready to keep going. " That's good news for the Phillies because the list of things that tested their 2010 first-round draft pick last season was long and surreal, leaving some to wonder if his career was going to crash and burn before he even reached the big leagues in his hometown.
February 19, 2015 |
YESTERDAY, we looked at some of the bigger individual Phillies story lines we'll be monitoring, as pitchers and catchers hold their first official workout tomorrow. Now, let's look at five names who haven't garnered nearly as much attention, but who have more to gain (or lose) than most pitchers and catchers in camp this spring. 1 Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez: At this time last year, the Phillies were hoping that their first significant foray into one of baseball's emerging markets (Cuba, Korea, Japan, etc.)
December 12, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - While a franchise-altering trade hung in the balance, the Phillies completed one deal yesterday afternoon, their first major transaction of the winter. Veteran reliever Antonio Bastardo was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for lefthanded pitching prospect Joely Rodriguez. Bastardo, 29, was a pivotal member of the Phillies' bullpen for the last five seasons. He went 20-18 with a 3.72 ERA in 275 games (five starts), striking out 324 batters, while walking 125, in 259 innings.
November 22, 2014 |
The Phillies added prospect Jesse Biddle to their 40-man roster Thursday, and Biddle's recent elbow trouble was diagnosed as mild tendinitis. It is one positive for Biddle, 23, after a forgettable 2014 season. "Everything looked good," said Joe Jordan, the team's director of player development. "Everything is fine. We think he has some tendinitis. Nothing at all. Everything is fine. " Biddle, the team's No. 1 pick in 2010 and a Germantown Friends graduate, was eligible for selection in December's Rule 5 draft if he was not added to the 40-man roster Thursday.
November 12, 2014 |
PHOENIX - The plan was for Jesse Biddle to go to Puerto Rico and make up some of the innings he lost during his disastrous 2014 season in the Phillies' minor-league system. Like so many of the team's recent plans, it went awry. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday at the general managers meetings that Biddle has returned to Philadelphia after just two appearances with his Puerto Rican winter league team because of a sore elbow. Biddle left with a 0-1 record and a 15.19 ERA for Mayaguez.