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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
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 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 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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July 12, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - When David Buchanan reported in May to the Phillies' facility in Clearwater, Fla., to rehab his severely sprained right ankle, the training staff assured him they would get him healthy and back to triple-A Lehigh Valley as quickly as possible. But the 26-year-old righthander had another destination he was working toward. "I was like, 'look, man, I don't want to get healthy to go back to Lehigh,' " he recounted Friday afternoon at AT&T Park. " 'I want to get healthy and go back to Philly.' " Once you get a taste of the sport's highest level, pitching in the minor leagues can be a humbling experience.
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July 10, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Jesse Biddle waited more than five years to reach triple A. It was unprecedented for a Phillies first-round pick. The wait finally ended Wednesday night, but Biddle's debut was unsatisfying. Biddle allowed seven runs on five hits in just 21/3 innings against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The lefthander walked six batters, including four in the third inning. He struck out one batter and threw 74 pitches, 33 of which were for strikes. Biddle was removed from the game with the bases loaded and one out in the third inning.
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July 3, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IN HIS FIRST five days on the job, manager Pete Mackanin has made it known more than once that it's high time for younger players to begin to get on the field more in 2015, the first season the Phillies have committed to a rebuild. "The whole point of this year basically is to see young guys, help us get ready for next year and beyond," Mackanin said of a question about the likelihood of veterans moving before the trade deadline at the end of the month. The Phillies already have begun to filter younger players into the regular lineup, with Freddy Galvis at the outset of the season, and more recently, Maikel Franco and Cesar Hernandez in the infield, too. But what about the pitching staff?
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July 1, 2015
Once again Phillies righthander Chad Billingsley is returning to the big leagues. Billingsley will start Thursday against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. He missed most of the previous two seasons after Tommy John surgery and additional elbow surgery. Billingsley began this season with triple-A Lehigh Valley. After he made three starts with the Phillies and posted a 6.75 ERA, he returned to the DL May 17 with a right shoulder strain. "I've just got to get back out there again, getting my rhythm, getting a routine and constantly getting back out there," Billingsley said.
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