May 1, 2015 |
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.
April 30, 2015 |
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.
April 30, 2015 |
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.
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.
April 14, 2015 |
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.
April 3, 2015 |
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.
March 22, 2015 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - Over the winter, when hedging bets on his roster for the upcoming year, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that "in a perfect world" corner-infield prospect Maikel Franco would begin the season in the minor leagues. Barring an injury, Amaro will get his wish. Yesterday morning, the Phillies made the decision to start Franco at Triple A Lehigh Valley when the season gets underway in 3 weeks. Franco was optioned to minor league camp, along with pitchers Nefi Ogando and Joely Rodriguez.
February 16, 2015
Maikel Franco's 2014 season at triple-A Lehigh Valley was one of peaks and valleys. Period G AB H 2B 3B HR BB Avg. OPS April 3-22 18 67 9 2 0 0 6 .134 .380 April 23-May 19 23 91 29 8 0 4 11 .319 .937 May 20-June 29 37 144 25 6 1 1 6 .174 .454 ...
February 13, 2015
LEHIGH VALLEY Beer Week starts Sunday, and among the assortment of festivals, tastings and tap takeovers that will draw beer lovers to Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton is a seven-course dinner with Garrett Oliver, the author, engaging lecturer and debonair brewer at Brooklyn Brewery. The lavish menu pairs the likes of truffled prosciutto, foie gras and aged strip steak with Brooklyn's most exotic beers, including K is for Kriek and Wild Streak . Oliver's one-night appearance on Tuesday, though, won't be taking place at a swank restaurant or prominent craft beer bar. This $70-a-plate affair is at a supermarket.