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June 21, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - Phillies third baseman Reid Brignac sprained his left ankle and was forced to leave Thursday's game when he and Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller slid into first base at the same time. Brignac led off the fifth inning with a sharp grounder down the first-base line that seemed ticketed for the right-field corner. But first baseman Matt Adams made a diving stab, and his underhanded throw to Miller forced the pitcher to slide. The Phillies said Brignac will be reevaluated Friday morning.
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June 10, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - From the moment Ken Giles fired a 100-m.p.h. fastball in April at double-A Reading, the righthanded pitcher developed a cult following. Baseball tends to romanticize speed, and no Phillies arm in the last decade threw as hard as Giles does. Giles, a soft-spoken 23-year-old from New Mexico, was quite aware of how fans placed him on a pedestal. "It trickled down pretty fast," Giles said. "The first outing I had down there, it trickled down pretty fast. I've already heard it. " Giles, of course, is no savior.
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June 8, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CINCINNATI - The Phillies conceded another mistake Friday when outfielder Tyson Gillies cleared waivers and was removed from the 40-man roster. Gillies, 25, will remain in the organization. This designation was a formality; Gillies was never close to reaching the majors. He was one of three players acquired in December 2009 from Seattle for Cliff Lee. The Lee trade, to this point, is a total failure. Righthander J.C. Ramirez lasted 18 games in the majors with a 7.50 ERA before being jettisoned.
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June 6, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ETHAN MARTIN'S floppy blond locks haven't grown back in the last 10 weeks. At the end of spring training, the Phillies righthander, along with catching prospect Tommy Joseph, shaved his head in support of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation's "Cut for a Cure" campaign. Although his hair has been slow to return, Martin's right arm has come a long way back in the 2 1/2 months since he was last with the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. Martin made his first appearance of the 2014 season on Tuesday night, posting two shutout innings against the Washington Nationals, with one walk and one strikeout.
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June 6, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Darin Ruf required stitches and two X-rays Wednesday after sliding into a concrete wall at Coca Cola Park in Allentown on Tuesday. There were no broken bones in his left wrist or right knee, a fortunate development for the Phillies but a blow to the thinnest unit in the organization. Phillies outfielders posted a .663 on-base-plus-slugging percentage before Wednesday. That ranked 25th in baseball. Ryne Sandberg again started Domonic Brown and Ben Revere, both of whom rank near the bottom in production among outfielders, because the manager has few viable alternatives.
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June 4, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLIFF LEE is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list today. But since Lee hasn't thrown a baseball in 2 weeks, he obviously will not be activated today, or anytime soon. Following a workout yesterday, Lee said he still felt "a little bit" of discomfort in a left arm that was diagnosed with an elbow strain 2 weeks ago. "It's getting better," said Lee, who last pitched on May 18. But since he hasn't been cleared to throw, Lee is not on the cusp of a side bullpen session, let alone pitching in a minor league rehab game.
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June 2, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
UPDATE [10:15 a.m.] The Phillies have placed Jeff Manship on the 15-day DL . FROM EARLIER -- Jeff Manship was in the midst of pitching one of the best games of his big-league career Saturday. He had already provided the Phillies with four perfect innings and struck out six in a game that had dragged into the 13th inning. Now, he had a chance to deliver a game-winning hit because manager Ryne Sandberg did not want to use the remainder of his bullpen. Manship hit a ball softly enough that he had a chance to beat it out for an infield single, which would have allowed Ryan Howard to score the winning run. Instead, he felt his right quadriceps pull as he ran down the first-base line.
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May 30, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
IT IS something that every pitcher knows about, but never wants to experience. It has ended numerous careers, and altered the path of countless others. The line drive right back up the middle can turn a professional pitcher's major league dreams into a nightmare in the blink of an eye. For Lehigh Valley pitcher B.J. Rosenberg, the reality of the comebacker was all too real on the night of April 28. The 2-1 pitch to Pawtucket's Brandon Snyder was lined right back at him in the 11th inning and hit the side of his head before he could even make a feasible attempt to avoid the ball.
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May 25, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - After a breakout season at both Clearwater and Reading in 2013, Lehigh Valley third baseman Maikel Franco had high expectations this year. So did everybody inside and outside the Phillies organization. Franco, The Inquirer's No. 1-ranked prospect, who turns 22 this summer, started slowly. In 23 April games he hit .172 with one home run, seven RBIs, and .487 one-base-plus-slugging percentage. He had a simple explanation for his dismal hitting. "It was something where I was trying to do too much," Franco said.
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May 23, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIAMI - Cliff Lee fired 32,869 regular-season pitches in the majors before an elbow or shoulder injury sidelined him. "This is new to me," Lee said Tuesday. He felt the pain in his left elbow when he turned a doorknob and when he lifted his body from a taxi. The Phillies hope two weeks will cure Lee's elbow strain. Lee is not sure. "I've never had anything like this," Lee said. "They seem to think that not throwing for a week, it should be quite a bit better. I don't know if it'll be gone, but you don't really know until you get there.
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