September 21, 2012 |
NEW YORK - When Nate Schierholtz arrived in a trade for Hunter Pence, he was installed as the Phillies' starting rightfielder. Josh Lindblom, a righthanded reliever acquired for Shane Victorino, became the team's primary setup man. That was seven weeks ago. "I understand the situation," Schierholtz said before Wednesday's game, another spent on the bench. Schierholtz started nine of 10 games upon his arrival. He missed two weeks with a broken toe and has started a mere three games since.
August 27, 2012 |
Friday night was a sleepless one for Josh Lindblom. He threw five pitches against the Nationals, four of them for balls, and was left to contemplate more failure. The Phillies reliever said he stayed awake until 3:30 a.m. to watch video and hear encouragement from his wife and parents. "I didn't look like the same guy on the mound," he said. That's what Ken Howell, bullpen coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, told Lindblom when he phoned his former pupil Friday. Lindblom delivered his finest performance as a Phillie Sunday during a 4-1 victory and credited a mechanical adjustment.
May 6, 2013 |
1. The rivalry between Germantown Friends School and Germantown Academy could one day carry into the big leagues. It's been well-documented in these pages that Jesse Biddle, the pride of Friends, is dominating at double-A Reading. Sean Coyle, representing Academy, has been equally as dominating as an outfielder for Boston's high-A affiliate, Salem of the Carolina League. Coyle entered play Saturday hitting .313 with seven home runs, 12 RBIs, and a 1.086 OPS. 2. The price tag for the acquisition of Michael Young from Texas was hard-throwing righthanders Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla.
July 30, 2013 |
DETROIT - The sense right now inside the Phillies organization is that Michael Young is the only person who can prevent a Michael Young trade. The veteran third baseman has a no-trade clause that he can use to facilitate his landing spot, and yesterday he acknowledged that waiving it for the right circumstance is something that he would consider. While Young is hampered by his poor range defensively, he is hitting .277 with a .342 on-base percentage and .402 slugging percentage in 395 plate appearances, production that would appeal to several contenders looking for a righthanded bat who can play the infield.
March 26, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - I like panic as much as the next guy. Practically get anxiety attacks anytime the gas gauge dips below the halfway point. But you're going to have to wait for me on Roy Halladay. I don't see the 2013 Phillies season as half-empty yet. Especially when I look at how the other questions surrounding this spring training have played out. Mike Adams has allowed a run in six appearances. After a bumpy first two appearances, Jonathan Papelbon has allowed one hit over his last five, including Sunday's ever-so-brief stint against his old team at Bright House Field.
August 28, 2012 |
JOSH LINDBLOM might as well have been back on West Coast time Friday night. He was up until 3:30 a.m. local time, trying to figure out what wasn't clicking, talking to his wife, his parents and even an old coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Earlier in the night, Lindblom was the first of four Phillies relievers who pitched in the eighth inning against the Nationals. Lindblom faced only one batter; he walked Ryan Zimmerman on five pitches. "Our bullpen coach in LA [Ken Howell]
December 10, 2012 |
Scratch third base from general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.'s to-do list. After Texas' Michael Young agreed to waive his no-trade rights Saturday, the Phillies completed a trade for the seven-time all-star by sending relievers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla to the Rangers. Young has primarily been a designated hitter for the Rangers the last two seasons, but he figures to receive the bulk of his playing time at third base with the Phillies, freeing up Freddy Galvis as a utility guy who plays second base, shortstop, and third base.
August 14, 2012 |
RIGHTHANDER Ethan Martin wowed his new home crowd, making his first start for the Reading Phillies since being acquired in the Shane Victorino trade. But it most certainly wasn't how he started the game. It was how he finished. The Los Angeles Dodgers' 2008 first-round draft pick took the hill in the top of the first, and after working deep into the count, registered his first punchout in an R-Phils uniform. Martin then prepared to face the Binghamton Mets' second batter of the game as Wilmer Flores stepped to the plate.
February 21, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies' best offseason move was the trade for Michael Young. In need of a third baseman, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. looked at the crop of free agents and was understandably unimpressed. The only free-agent option aside from Mark Reynolds, with his all-or-nothing swing, shoddy defense, and first baseman's body, was Kevin Youkilis. Would you rather have Young or Youkilis? That's an easy one for two reasons: durability and adaptability. Young plays more and is also more likely to be a positive influence in the clubhouse.
March 1, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The route that Darin Ruf used to navigate leftfield in the top of the third inning on Thursday looked a lot like the route a paper airplane might have taken had it been thrown in the general direction of Ramiro Pena's sinking line drive. Turns out, the shortest distance from point A to point B is not a converted first baseman. That doesn't qualify as a revelation, of course. At no point over the last 3 months have the Phillies given the impression that they envision Ruf as their Opening Day leftfielder.