August 19, 2013 |
ALLENTOWN - Cesar Hernandez remains hampered by a left-wrist injury that hasn't healed as steadily as expected. He underwent another MRI on Wednesday. Hernandez, the Inquirer's No. 4-ranked Phillies prospect, hasn't started a game for triple-A Lehigh Valley since July 23, but he has been available as a pinch-hitter and a pinch- runner. "They're just double-checking why things haven't improved," said Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage. Hernandez is a natural second baseman, but he has played lately in the outfield, where he has a better chance of earning a spot on the big-league roster.
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.
July 28, 2013 |
DETROIT - The Phillies 42d player this year has as many LinkedIn endorsements for Microsoft Office as he does for baseball. His resume lists his current employer as the Phillies. Before that, he was a program associate at a project-management company. He has a degree in civil engineering. Steve Susdorf was called up on Thursday, had his first major-league at bat against the Cardinals the same day - and grounded into double play. The Phillies had placed Domonic Brown on the seven-day disabled list for concussions before Thursday's game, and needed a replacement, quickly.
July 22, 2013 |
Clearwater outfielder Cameron Perkins admits that his first ever baseball injury tested his patience. Perkins, a sixth-round draft choice in 2012 out of Purdue, fractured a bone in his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch on May 31. After sitting out five weeks, he played two games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies before returning to Clearwater's lineup on July 5. Entering the weekend, Perkins was hitting .317 with five home runs, 40...
July 20, 2013 |
The Phillies resume play Friday in New York against the Mets, and how they fare after the all-star break could determine the future of some of their top prospects. Here is the rest of The Inquirer's top-25 minor-league prospects. The top 13 were published Thursday. Three scouts from outside the organization were willing to comment on the players, but only players who have performed at low-A Lakewood or above have comments from the scouts. 14. Aaron Altherr, OF, high-A Clearwater Always considered a player with good tools and an athletic body, the 6-foot-5 outfielder has never looked better on the field than he has this season.
July 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK - On Sunday, Ruben Amaro Jr. said it was likely going to be "a while" before Ben Revere was back patrolling centerfield. Yesterday, he got a better read on what "a while" meant. Revere will have surgery today on a broken right foot. He is expected to be sidelined for 6-to-8 weeks, which would encompass the majority of what remains in the 2013 regular season. Revere suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off the foot in the final inning of the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
July 16, 2013 |
Ben Revere's parents always told him he was a fast healer. On Sunday morning, the Phillies outfielder hoped his parents would be right again. The Phils' top hitter entered the clubhouse on crutches with his right leg in a black walking boot. Revere suffered a broken malleolus, the inner bone of his right ankle, Saturday night when he fouled the ball off his foot during the first game of a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. He said he should be sidelined for six to eight weeks but will know for sure after a Monday appointment with foot and ankle specialist Steven Raikin at Jefferson Hospital's Rothman Institute.
July 15, 2013 |
1. Shortstop J.P. Crawford, the Phillies' first-round draft pick in June from Lakewood High in California, has gotten off to a quick start in the Gulf Coast League. Entering the weekend, Crawford was hitting .459 (17 for 37) and had a 1.001 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Crawford turned 18 in January. "He is a very advanced, polished shortstop," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. 2. Catcher Tommy Joseph, who had 67 at-bats for Lehigh Valley before being sidelined with a concussion, is working his way back.
July 13, 2013 |
The metal door swung open in center field Wednesday night and Luis Garcia took a brief look around Citizens Bank Park before trotting toward the mound. A return to baseball was never a thought, Garcia said, as he cut hair last year at a North Jersey barbershop. It's not that he was a great barber; the 26-year-old admitted he was not too good with the clippers. But the major leagues were a pipe dream for a righthanded pitcher who had never made it past double A. Garcia's first major-league pitch for the Phillies was a strike as Bryce Harper swung errantly at a 94-m.p.h.
July 8, 2013 |
The mathematics being performed by the Phillies in the coming weeks and months is going to involve only addition, subtraction, and multiplication. The degree of difficulty, however, must seem more on the level of advanced calculus for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and his team of decision makers. Perhaps the most complicated problem of them all will be at catcher. What to do about Carlos Ruiz? This dilemma is a reflection of just how fast the game of baseball can change.