August 16, 2013 |
ATLANTA - John Lannan hid behind his black glove. The soundtrack for his Wednesday start, the Braves' trademark Tomahawk Chop, looped yet again. Pitching coach Rich Dubee sensed trouble in the second inning of a 6-3 Phillies loss, and that is when Lannan's night ended because of a knee injury. Later, he spoke with despair. He may have thrown his final pitch for the Phillies. "I feel like I'm letting everybody down - letting myself down, my family down - but you have to look at the silver lining," Lannan said.
August 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - John Lannan was here before Nationals Park. He was 22 when Washington requested his presence at decrepit RFK Stadium. He later started two opening days, pitched 66 times in this new ballpark, and was discarded when a perennial loser became a contender. There is no way to erase that sting, not even when Lannan is attempting to prolong his career in a major-league rotation with the Phillies. His time in Philadelphia could be limited. Another dreadful start pushed Lannan's ERA to 4.81.
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.
April 20, 2013 |
For the first time in his career, Phillies lefthander John Lannan was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. Lannan has a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee. He was hurt during Wednesday's 11-2 loss to the Reds in Cincinnati. "This is my first time on the disabled list and it's all new territory for me," Lannan said before Thursday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the St. Louis Cardinals. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel indicated that Lannan could spend much longer than the 15-day period on the DL. "I was told six weeks, maybe the most eight weeks - or less," he said.
March 27, 2013 |
DUNEDIN, Fla. - There was little John Lannan could do Monday. If his pitches had been floating up in the strike zone because of a mechanical flaw, he could have fixed it. But, Lannan said, his arm was simply not as quick as he wanted it. This spring's length had taken its toll. "I got my butt kicked, and I have to move on," Lannan said. The Phillies' fifth starter allowed 12 runs on 14 hits in four innings in a 13-4 loss to Toronto. The Blue Jays scored eight runs in the second inning and sent 11 men to the plate.
February 28, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The day after the Washington Nationals made him the highest-paid player ever to be shipped to the minors before opening day, John Lannan drove six hours north. He was nailed with a speeding ticket between Washington and Syracuse, N.Y. He checked into an extended-stay hotel, opened his laptop, and wrote 311 words. Lannan requested a trade. "At the time," he said, "I thought it was a good decision. Looking back on it, you just have to live with it. " Lannan craves a fresh start, one that commences Wednesday with his spring Phillies debut.
February 13, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There may be no joint more watched in baseball this spring than Roy Halladay's right shoulder, and for good reason. It is Halladay, the two-time Cy Young Award winner and quintessential ace, who could control these Phillies' fate. Then again, he is but one-fifth of the rotation, and will start 33 games at most. About 60 starts could come from the tandem of Kyle Kendrick and John Lannan, two pitchers who did not begin 2012 in a major-league rotation. The focus is not nearly as intense on those two as Phillies pitchers and catchers officially report Tuesday.
January 26, 2013 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Phillies have not won the offseason. They have, in fact, finished third in the National League East, the same position they were stuck in when time expired on the 2012 season. The events that have transpired since the Phillies' final game in Nationals Park in October have been fascinating but not at all fulfilling for fans thirsty for one more championship from an aging core of players. With center field identified as their greatest need before the season ended, the Phillies made an offer for free agent B.J. Upton, but it was reportedly $20 million less than the $75 million over five years he'll be paid to play for the Atlanta Braves.
January 25, 2013 |
When the Phillies signed free-agent outfielder Delmon Young this week for a bargain-basement one-year guarantee of $750,000, it said a lot about the organization's willingness to take risk, about the sweet rewards of forgiveness, and it also spoke a volume about the team's real feeling concerning the future of Domonic Brown. Maybe Ruben Amaro Jr. had this move in his back pocket all along, and was just doing his homework to judge whether Young was still radioactive after a 2012 incident that included public drunkenness and an anti-Semitic rant directed toward a panhandler wearing a yarmulke and a Star of David on the streets of New York.
December 20, 2012 |
This apparently is introduction week at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies staged an offseason doubleheader Tuesday by first announcing the official signing of lefthander John Lannan, who was introduced during an early afternoon media session inside the team's Christmas-themed clubhouse. Late in the day, new third baseman Michael Young slipped on red pinstripes for the first time. He'll be wearing No. 10 in 2013. Later this week, we will likely meet Young's former Texas Rangers teammate Mike Adams, who has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal to be closer Jonathan Papelbon's setup man next season.