March 28, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Pitching coach Rich Dubee is concerned about the lefthanded pitcher he expects to fill a crucial role in his bullpen and smitten with another one he sent to the minors Tuesday. Antonio Bastardo was charged with three runs on two hits and a walk Tuesday. After a week of inaction to rectify what the Phillies believe is a dehydration issue, the team has yet to see improvement in Bastardo's velocity. "I would say there is mild concern," Dubee said after a 5-4 victory over Pittsburgh.
December 16, 2011 |
LIKE A LOT of pitchers, Dontrelle Willis hasn't had a whole lot of success at Citizens Bank Park. The former starter, who was officially signed as a free agent by the Phillies yesterday, has a 3-4 record with a 7.14 ERA at the Bank. However, unlike a lot of pitchers, Willis does have a fond memory at the Phils' hitter-friendly phone booth. And he has longtime friend Jimmy Rollins to thank for it. "I actually hit a home run here with Jimmy's bat," Willis said, laughing. "It's just fun playing here.
September 18, 2011 |
Joe Savery had plans for Saturday morning. He was going to load up his truck and cruise down I-81 toward his home in Houston, a trip that would offer him plenty of time to ponder an unusual season in the minor leagues, a season that ended when the triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs were eliminated by Columbus in the International League championship series. "I was planning on heading home and playing with Team USA in the Pan Am Games," Savery said. "That's what I was planning on doing.
February 25, 2012
Even if Roy Halladay had actually wrestled that anaconda in the Amazon, it still would not have qualified as the most amazing story inside the Phillies clubhouse at this spring training. That's because it is really difficult to top Joe Savery's tall tale. A year ago when the Phillies held their first full-squad workout, as they did Friday at the Carpenter Complex, you would not have found Savery. He had gone from 2007 first-round draft pick and stud pitcher to a converted first baseman desperately trying to fulfill his big-league dream in a different way. A lot of pitchers - even the ones taken in the first round - get released after going 1-12 with a 4.66 ERA at the triple-A level as Savery did in 2010.
June 12, 2012 |
BALTIMORE - You put the ball in Cliff Lee's $120 million hand so it doesn't come down to Ty Wigginton's shaky glove. You pay Jonathan Papelbon $50 million, then order him to enjoy the view of another walk-off loss from out in the bullpen. You play Wigginton at third, Michael Martinez at second, and Hector Luna at first, then watch your defense give away outs. You lose in the 10th inning when Baltimore's .255-hitting cleanup hitter doubles home a run off Joe Savery, and you have to ponder whether that's worse than the .237-hitting 8-hole hitter blasting a three-run bomb off Lee in the fourth.
March 1, 2011
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Hitting a pitched baseball is supposed to be the single most-difficult athletic feat. So, if nothing else, Joe Savery has raised the degree of difficulty as he attempts an extreme makeover of his career. The Phillies' No. 1 draft choice in 2007, a lefthander out of Rice whom team officials at the time likened to Cole Hamels, reported to the Carpenter Complex this past weekend listed among the position players instead of the pitchers. It goes without saying that the 25-year-old didn't make this decision because of all the success he was having.
May 31, 2011 |
THE Clearwater Threshers trudged through a 23-inning ironman contest with host Jupiter on May 24, only to come up short, 2-1. The box score on that epic has since been examined and dissected, but we thought it would be interesting to check in with someone who participated in the near-tripleheader. "Some of us talked about it afterward," Threshers outfielder Brian Gump said. "We were all saying that was the longest game any of us had ever played in. It was easily the longest one I've ever played.
September 4, 2011 |
Chuck LaMar, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of player development, has a checklist of goals before the start of every season. "First and foremost, we want to do everything we can to help our major-league club win," LaMar said. "That's what this game is all about. " Check. Rookies Vance Worley and Mike Stutes spent time in the Phillies' minor-league system this year, but they spent far more time playing vital roles for the best team in baseball. Add in the contributions of young lefthanded reliever Antonio Bastardo and the system's ability to produce the prospects needed to get rightfielder Hunter Pence at the trade deadline, and the minor-league system has far exceeded expectations.
April 21, 2013 |
Joe Savery understands the deal. He was called up by the Phillies from triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday and the lefthanded reliever realizes that it could be a short stay. The Phillies needed to fill a spot after placing John Lannan on the disabled list Thursday with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee. The injury is expected to keep the No. 5 starter out from six to eight weeks. Lannan's place in the rotation will come up Monday against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Phillies will be calling up a starter for that game and possibly beyond.
July 3, 2010 |
ALLENTOWN - Joe Savery has been told to take a step back, and now it's fair to wonder what the next steps will be for the Phillies' 2007 first-round draft pick. With a 1-8 record and 5.21 ERA at triple-A Lehigh Valley, Savery was recently removed from the starting rotation and sent to the IronPigs' bullpen. Chuck LaMar, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of player development, said the organization hopes that Savery can regain some confidence and return to the rotation before the end of the season.