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August 20, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
A WEEK EARLIER, when Maikel Franco blitzed out of the batter's box in pain, dropped to the ground behind home plate at Chase Field, and rolled around in considerable pain, it looked like a fastball from Jeremy Hellickson had broken the rookie third baseman's hand. But an X-ray that night (Aug. 11 in Arizona) came back negative and Franco was hopeful he would return to the Phillies' lineup over the weekend in Milwaukee. That never happened. So when Franco and the Phillies returned home on Sunday night, after he missed four straight games, they decided to seek a second opinion.
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August 20, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOOSIC, Pa. - Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage described Jerad Eickhoff as having a "bulldog mentality. " The righthander commands the mound with a tenacious approach, Brundage said. All signs point to the bulldog being unleashed in the major leagues Saturday. The Phillies have yet to name a starter for that day's game in Miami. The IronPigs have not named a starter for Friday, which would be Eickhoff's normal day to pitch. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is still figuring it out. Brundage said it's not his decision.
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August 17, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - Maikel Franco spent time in the Miller Park training room on Saturday afternoon and took swings for a second straight day in the indoor batting cages. But that was all the action he saw. The third baseman was out of the lineup for a third straight game after a fastball smacked his right wrist on Tuesday. Franco talked to interim manager Pete Mackanin before Saturday's game. They both said Franco will miss Sunday afternoon's series finale before likely playing on Tuesday when the team returns to Philadelphia.
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August 16, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
MILWAUKEE - Maikel Franco's left wrist remained in a splint on Friday afternoon and his name stayed off the lineup card for a second straight game. But, Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin does not expect Franco to go onto the disabled list. "He feels better," Mackanin said. "There's very little - if any - swelling. So it's day-to-day. " Franco tested the wrist in Miller Park's indoor batting cage. He said he felt a little pain during his swings. He will try again on Saturday.
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August 3, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pete Mackanin met Matt Harrison on Friday, shortly before the Phillies placed the starting pitcher on the disabled list with lower back inflammation. The interim manager told Harrison, whom the Phillies acquired from Texas as part of the Cole Hamels trade, to look to next season. Mackanin is doubtful Harrison will pitch for the Phillies this year. "I said, 'I know you feel bad, but we're looking at you for what we're about to become rather than this year,' " Mackanin said. "Because, we're really not playing for a whole lot this year.
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July 22, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maikel Franco had never felt something like this, he said. The rookie said he felt "a little bit of pain" in his right elbow. And that little bit proved to be enough for the Phillies to show caution Monday night in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay. Franco was removed from the game with elbow soreness. Interim manager Pete Mackanin said he thinks Franco hurt his the elbow on a sharp diving catch and throw to end the sixth inning of the Phillies' fourth straight victory. Franco was evaluated after the game.
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July 22, 2015
Aaron Nola boarded a bus on Friday morning with the rest of his triple-A Lehigh Valley teammates. He then was told he was needed at the front desk of the team's hotel in Rochester, N.Y. "Why would they want to see me?" Nola said he thought. Waiting there was IronPigs manager Dave Brundage, who told Nola that he was joining the Phillies. Nola arrived at Citizens Bank Park on Monday afternoon. He found his locker sandwiched between Chad Billingsley's and Cole Hamels'. The righthander will make his major-league debut against Tampa Bay Tuesday night.
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July 19, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron Nola's sprint through the Phillies farm system reached the finish line on Friday morning as the team announced the righthander will make his major-league debut on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park against Tampa Bay. Nola, 21, went 10-4 this season with a 2.39 ERA in 18 starts between double-A Reading and triple-A Lehigh Valley. He is the first Phillies player to debut the season after he was drafted since Pat Combs in 1989. Nola will wear No. 27. Bench coach Larry Bowa currently wears No. 10, which Nola has sported since college.
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July 19, 2015
Since he was called up from triple-A Lehigh Valley and played his first game this season with the Phillies on May 15, third baseman Maikel Franco hasn't had a break until this week. Franco, who turns 23 on Aug. 26, had started 55 consecutive games with the Phillies, and while he wants to play every day, the recent all-star break was welcomed. Franco said he stayed around the Philadelphia area with his family. "I just used the time to relax and rest," Franco said before Friday's game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park, where he was once again in the starting lineup.
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July 12, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN FRANCISCO - David Buchanan was nearly despondent as he tried to come to grips with the nightmare month that began his 2015 season. On the final day of April, Buchanan watched each of the first four batters in the St. Louis Cardinals reach base. Three of them scored. When the matinee at Busch Stadium was over for him before he could record a second out in the fifth inning, Buchanan had watched 11 of the 21 hitters he faced get on base. He watched his ERA skyrocket - at the conclusion of that game, a 9-3 defeat, Buchanan's ERA (8.76)
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