May 22, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - The first time a Ken Giles fastball registered 100 mph, the righthander didn't learn of it until after he had wrapped up his outing. When the then-college sophomore returned to the dugout, an excited group of Yavapai College teammates swarmed around to alert him of an accomplishment seldom witnessed at any level of baseball, let alone in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. When Giles clocked in at 103 mph toward the end of last season with Class A Clearwater, the Phillies' pitching prospect could feel that particular fastball was different.
May 16, 2014 |
DARIN RUF was reinstated from the disabled list yesterday, but he will not be adding some power to a punchless outfield when the Phillies take the field tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Ruf, sidelined for 2 months since suffering an oblique (rib cage) strain on March 20, was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley yesterday. Ruf began playing rehab games with the IronPigs on Monday and he will continue to get regular at-bats with the team. Ruf's official rehab lasted all of a week, although he has been getting at-bats for close to 3 weeks since his work began in extended spring-training games in late April.
May 14, 2014 |
The Phillies removed Jayson Nix from the team Monday, the second bench subtraction in less than a week. The timing of the roster shuffle was interesting, since the Phillies lost another infield option Sunday when Freddy Galvis suffered a broken left clavicle during a collision with a teammate in pursuit of a foul ball. Nix was outrighted to triple-A Lehigh Valley. He can elect free agency or accept his minor-league assignment. The team's 40-man roster is at 39. His replacement will be announced Tuesday.
May 11, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Kenny Giles possesses the best arm in the Phillies organization, and the minor-league flamethrower is now one step closer to the majors. The 23-year-old righthander was promoted Friday to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ryne Sandberg said the Phillies did not consider jumping Giles from double-A Reading to the majors. The Phillies manager is eager to see how Giles, who throws in the high 90s, handles better competition. "They'll make him throw more strikes," Sandberg said.
May 5, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Lehigh Valley righthanded reliever Luis Garcia, who was without a baseball job in 2011 and has had two different stints with the Phillies since then, appreciates the chance to apply his craft. "There is nothing like playing baseball," the 27-year-old Garcia said. "Everything you do [that isn't playing], you feel empty. " After pitching at two levels of single A for the Washington Nationals in 2010, Garcia was out of professional baseball the next year. "My agent didn't do his job, and I didn't have the contacts to get a contract so I just decided to stop," Garcia said.
May 4, 2014 |
Kevin Frandsen has mixed emotions about returning to face the Phillies for the first time as a member of the Washington Nationals. Frandsen opted for free agency at the end of spring training instead of accepting an assignment to triple-A Lehigh Valley . Even though his $900,000 contract was guaranteed, Frandsen rolled the dice and signed with the Nationals for the same amount. Speaking before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park, Frandsen alternated between being bitter and appreciative.
April 14, 2014 |
Ryne Sandberg said Phillies righthander A.J. Burnett, who left Friday night's game after 41/3 innings with soreness in his groin, will be tested on Monday. The manager did not specify the type of test. When asked before Saturday's win over the Miami Marlins how Burnett felt the day after the injury, Sandberg said: "Similar to last night. " Burnett threw 106 pitches and said the discomfort was off and on but was more constant in the fifth inning. Sandberg said that long reliever Jeff Manship and triple-A starter David Buchanan would be candidates to replace Burnett if he had to be placed on the disabled list.
April 13, 2014 |
A sore rib kept centerfielder Ben Revere out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, when the Phillies played the Miami Marlins on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Revere, who said he hurt the rib making one of two diving catches Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, was replaced by Tony Gwynn Jr. "I got a little sore rib right now, but it is really nothing serious," Revere said before the game. "I want to take a precaution, but I will be fine. " Revere pinch-hit in the seventh inning and grounded out to short.
April 11, 2014 |
Ryne Sandberg said he knows who will start Saturday for the Phillies, but he was not ready to reveal the decision Wednesday. All signs, nonetheless, point to Jonathan Pettibone's earning the promotion. David Buchanan was eliminated from contention when he threw 93 pitches Tuesday for triple-A Lehigh Valley. He would have to start Saturday on short rest, and Sandberg said that is not an option. The other possibility is Jeff Manship, who is the long man in the Phillies bullpen. But Manship threw 13 pitches in a scoreless inning of relief Wednesday.