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May 19, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies' pitching depth took a pair of hits Sunday. Chad Billingsley was placed on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder and David Buchanan was carted off the field after hurting his right leg while fielding a ground ball for triple-A Lehigh Valley. Billingsley will miss his scheduled start Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. A likely candidate to start for him is righthander Severino Gonzalez, who is slated to pitch Wednesday in triple A. Friday was Billingsley's third and best start of the season.
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May 14, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Cody Asche waited two innings Tuesday night before seeing his first action in the field at triple-A Lehigh Valley. The third baseman turned leftfielder charged a shallow fly ball, called off the shortstop, and made the catch. Asche's outfield project was underway. Asche said the 6-5 win over Columbus was his first game in left field since a Florida Instructional League game in 2011. He was optioned to triple A on Monday after another Phillies loss. Asche had just three hits in his last 29 at-bats with the Phils.
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May 13, 2015 | Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lehigh Valley third baseman Maikel Franco entered Monday hitting .336 with an International League-leading 12 doubles. The Phillies closest prospect is "getting closer and closer" to a major-league promotion, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We want to bring him when we're sure that it's time for him to come," Amaro said. "He got his feet wet a little last year. I think that was good [for him] to get an understanding of what it's like to be in the big leagues and have a little precursor.
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May 1, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Ruben Amaro Jr. drove to Allentown on Tuesday. The Phillies general manager had news to deliver. Domonic Brown, who was an all-star just two seasons ago, would be staying in the minor leagues. The rightfielder and the general manager met over lunch near Coca-Cola Park, the home of triple-A Lehigh Valley. "I was a little bit frustrated because I know that I'm a big-league player and I want to be in the big leagues," Brown said before Lehigh Valley's game on Wednesday night.
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April 30, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - Ryne Sandberg telegraphed the roster move before it happened, so it wasn't as shocking as it may have been otherwise when the Phillies announced yesterday afternoon that Domonic Brown had been reinstated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley. Brown is less than two years removed from being a National League All-Star. He is making $2.5 million this season. But as Sandberg suggested on Monday, the Phillies would like to see Brown get his bat going in the minor leagues before deeming it ready for the team's major league lineup.
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April 30, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan and Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writers
ST. LOUIS - The Phillies have not determined how many games Domonic Brown will spend in triple A before he is recalled. Manager Ryne Sandberg said the length of Brown's stay with Lehigh Valley will hinge on when the rightfielder shows he's ready to help the major-league club. "It's really for his benefit," Sandberg said, "to really work on some things and to get right. " Brown, 27, was optioned to triple A on Tuesday upon his activation from the 15-day disabled list. He had spent the last week and a half with the IronPigs on a rehab assignment but struggled at the plate.
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April 26, 2015
The first Phillies batter strolled to the plate on Friday night and for the first time in 11 days it was Ben Revere. The team's opening-day leadoff hitter returned to his top spot after spending time in the second and eighth holes. Revere entered Friday riding a five-game hitting streak. His batting average was still a paltry .189, but it has spiked 54 points since April 16. Revere started 123 games last season in the leadoff spot. "I would like for him to settle in there and be a catalyst at the top of the order," manager Ryne Sandberg said.
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April 14, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean O'Sullivan said he found out earlier this week that Sunday's pitching opponent would be Washington's Max Scherzer. He wanted to know what pitcher he would be hitting against. "I saw it was Scherzer and I was like, 'Oh, great," O'Sullivan said. "That was actually kind of exciting to see what his stuff looks like from that close. " O'Sullivan worked a walk off Scherzer in the fifth inning of the Phillies' 4-3 loss. He later hustled home from second base to score the team's first run. O'Sullivan was as efficient on the mound, nearly matching Washington's ace. The Phillies righthander allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.
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April 3, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - At this point, after another spring in which he failed to stick with the major-league club, Phillippe Aumont probably would benefit from a change of scenery. "Obviously, I think anybody would think that," he said. "But the bottom line is I'm still here, and I'm still getting an opportunity somewhere. That's all that really matters. " None of baseball's other 29 teams deemed Aumont worthy of a waiver claim, so the hard-throwing but erratic 6-foot-7 reliever was outrighted Wednesday off the Phillies' 40-man roster.
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