March 27, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - A white placard bearing his name still graced the top of the locker where he used to dress, but Kevin Frandsen was nowhere to be found yesterday. Nor is he expected to be found from this point forward, at least not at Bright House Field or Citizens Bank Park or anywhere else where players in Phillies jerseys congregate. The veteran infielder informed the organization yesterday that he had decided to decline an assignment to Triple A Lehigh Valley, a move that came as a mild surprise since it meant he was forgoing the $900,000 salary he was guaranteed to be paid for 2014.
June 18, 2013 |
DENVER - Kevin Frandsen started Sunday for the 13th time in 2013 - thus, he was spared his maddening routine while benched. Some days, Frandsen will spend the first four innings in the dugout, "yelling all over the place. " On other days, his ADHD wins, and he is in the underground batting cage with Wally Joyner taking cut after cut. "It's not easy," Frandsen said. No, but the 31-year-old infielder has succeeded as a reserve. For all of the minor-league misses by the Phillies (Brandon Moss, Jason Grilli, Ryan Vogelsong among them)
June 14, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - The Phillies were out-hitting the Twins 11-1 after six innings last night. Cliff Lee was dominant. Lee allowed one baserunner in the first six innings. And the nine players behind him were regularly getting on base when he was keeping the Twins off of them. It was the kind of game the Phillies should have won going away, ending a five-game losing skid by throttling Minnesota on the way out of town. Instead, it was a game the Phils led by just one run after six, lost the lead in the seventh and tested their lefthanded ace's overall patience.
May 10, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The news of Roy Halladay's shoulder surgery has a trickle-down effect on the entire 25-man roster, and Jonathan Pettibone is one of those who could be most affected. The 22-year-old pitcher was competent again during a 4-3 loss Wednesday in his quest to secure a permanent rotation spot. Pettibone was not hit hard. He threw 112 pitches in 52/3 innings, and it was the last one that bothered him most. Barry Zito, the opposing pitcher with a lifetime batting average of .103, shot a single past a diving Kevin Frandsen at first base for an insurance run in the sixth.
April 8, 2013 |
The Phillies' first hit in two days against a Kansas City Royals reliever proved to be enough to cap a dramatic comeback victory. Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen's three-run double to right-center field with two outs in the ninth inning earned the Phillies a 4-3 win over the Royals at Citizens Bank Park. Before Frandsen's hit, the Phillies had gone 72/3 innings without a hit against Royals relievers over two days. "This is surreal, and it never happened to me in the big leagues," said Frandsen, who was pinch-hitting for catcher Humberto Quintero.
March 29, 2013 |
LAKELAND, Fla. - The one thing no player or team wants the day before it leaves spring training is an injury. Phillies infielder Kevin Frandsen believes he barely avoided one Wednesday. Facing Detroit's Justin Verlander in the top of the third inning, Frandsen was hit in the left wrist by a fastball. He went to first base and remained in the game through the top of the inning but was removed by manager Charlie Manuel before the Tigers batted in the bottom of the third. "It's not like it's painful, but sore," Frandsen said after revealing the baseball stitch marks imprinted on his wrist.
March 9, 2013 |
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - No one is hitting for more power in the Phillies camp than Kevin Frandsen, a backup infielder. Backup infielders are not supposed to have slugging percentages like .808. Frandsen homered off David Price on Friday. He is hitting .385 (10 for 26), with six of those hits going for extra bases. "He's hitting, man," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He did some real good hitting. That's big-time hitting. Big-league hitting off a big-league pitcher. " Frandsen was rewarded with an $850,000 contract for his strong showing in 2012.
March 4, 2013 |
DUNEDIN, Fla. - The youngest player in the room is a catcher who did not start catching until his senior year of high school. Tommy Joseph does not look, nor play, the part in the Phillies clubhouse. One morning, he caught a bullpen session with Roy Halladay, who was drafted when Joseph was 4. Joseph was born in 1991. He is 21 years old. "Is he really?" fellow catcher Erik Kratz said. "You wouldn't know it," infielder Kevin Frandsen said. "A lot of guys are like, 'Man, he's 21?
November 14, 2012
The Phillies made the official announcement Tuesday on their one-year contract worth $850,000 with infielder Kevin Frandsen. The deal was initially reported last week. Frandsen, 30, hit .338 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs in 55 games after being called up from triple-A Lehigh Valley in late July. He made 49 starts at third base, second on the team to Placido Polanco. The one-year deal includes incentives and performance bonuses and allows the Phillies to avoid salary arbitration with Frandsen.
September 15, 2012 |
HOUSTON - He was in the lineup for the first time in nine days, but Kevin Frandsen said it was not worth noting. He reluctantly talked about the stress fracture in his left shin that limited him to two plate appearances during the Phillies' winning streak. Hiding his urgency is harder these days. Before, injuries to Frandsen and Carlos Ruiz were nuisances. With the Phillies suddenly in contention, those injuries have become crucial issues. Both players could see increased action, beginning this weekend.