August 29, 2014 |
For the fourth time in less than two weeks, Ryne Sandberg felt it necessary to engage one of his players in a private chat regarding a perceived slight against the first-year Phillies manager. He sought Cole Hamels, who pouted when removed from Tuesday's game at 84 pitches and issued a calculated message afterward. On Wednesday, Sandberg diffused the situation with his talk. "It was brief," Sandberg said. "It wasn't a big deal. " This one instance was not. The pattern of clubhouse unrest, however, is alarming.
August 26, 2014 |
WHEN BEN REVERE slapped Nick Greenwood's 89-mph sinker to leftfield in yesterday's seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park, it signified the centerfielder's 26th multihit performance in his last 51 games. It also propelled him into a tie in the race for the National League batting title. With two more hits yesterday, Revere upped his average to .314, the same mark with which Colorado's Justin Morneau entered the day. Morneau was given the day off in the Rockies' home win against the Marlins that started just after the Phillies capped their 7-1 win over the Cardinals.
August 25, 2014 |
Infielder Freddy Galvis, whose season was delayed when he contracted MRSA in March, was recalled by the Phillies from triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies designated infielder Reid Brignac for assignment. The fact that Galvis is a switch-hitter factored in the decision. Brignac bats lefthanded. "With our infield being lefthanded hitters and Reid being a lefthanded bat, it was tough to get him some spots," manager Ryne Sandberg said before Saturday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the St. Louis Cardinals.
August 22, 2014 |
Just four years after it started opening Bottom Dollar discount groceries in and around Philadelphia, Europe's Delhaize grocery group has put its 46 Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley stores up for sale, along with 20 more in the Pittsburgh and northwestern Ohio regions, Food Trade News reports, citing rival grocers who have received bid invitations. Delhaize America , the company's U.S. unit, didn't return a call seeking comment and wouldn't talk to Food Trade News, either.
August 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Catcher Tommy Joseph, The Inquirer's 11th-ranked prospect in the Phillies system, will undergo season-ending left wrist surgery on Tuesday. Surgeon Don Sheridan will perform the procedure on a tendon in Joseph's wrist. Joseph injured his wrist in a home-plate collision on May 9 while playing for double-A Reading. He returned last month to play six games for the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Joseph's most recent appearance for the GCL team was July 19. Earlier this year, Joseph missed a week with a head injury after taking a foul tip off his mask.
July 29, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Like the Phillies, Freddy Galvis has had a rough year. The 24-year-old infielder found misfortune even before the season started, and it has not gotten much better since. In late March, Glavis contracted MRSA, a staph infection that can easily lead to other infections, and had to be hospitalized. The Phillies made the decision that he would start the season on the disabled list, putting him behind right from the get-go. "It was really tough because I didn't get to do a spring training," Galvis said.
July 28, 2014 |
1. Following a slow start after being promoted from Lakewood to high-A Clearwater on June 19, shortstop J.P. Crawford is beginning to heat up. Last year's first-round pick and The Inquirer's No. 1 Phillies prospect, Crawford was hitting .387 (12 for 31) with two RBIs and an .879 OPS in his previous nine games heading into the weekend. Overall Crawford was hitting .276 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 116 at-bats for Clearwater. If the 19-year-old continues improving, could he begin next season at double-A Reading?
July 18, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Sean O'Sullivan grew up in what he called a baseball-oriented family. His family would schedule vacations throughout the year to visit new ballparks or for O'Sullivan to play in baseball tournaments. In his travels, he has seen almost all of the American League ballparks and most of the National League parks, too. But Philadelphia was one place he had never visited. He got a chance to experience Philadelphia baseball first-hand on June 28, when he made his first start as a member of the Phillies.
July 14, 2014 |
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and director of player development Joe Jordan couldn't have been more frank when assessing the minor-league system. "There are not enough offensive players in our system," Amaro said last week. "We feel we need to do better than that, and it certainly is something that is a priority for us. " Jordan went further. "We need more of everything," he said. "We are like 29 other teams. " In fairness, the system has helped the team in a few spots this year.
July 11, 2014 |
Albert Cartwright had three hits Wednesday night as the Reading Fightin Phils thumped the visiting Trenton Thunder, 10-1. Aaron Altherr hit two doubles and knocked in two runs for the Phils. Adam Loewen (1-2) went seven innings, yielding six hits and one run. Lehigh Valley wins The IronPigs bounced back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the host Indianapolis Indians, 7-4. Third baseman Maikel Franco hit two doubles and Grady Sizemore had a hit for Lehigh Valley. Sizemore is batting .289.