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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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May 23, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
MIAMI - Darin Ruf may just be making a cameo appearance in the major leagues. Ruf was recalled from Triple A Lehigh Valley yesterday morning. Yesterday afternoon, manager Ryne Sandberg acknowledged Ruf could be with the team only during the 3-day period before the Phillies need to make another roster move to add a starting pitcher to fill Cliff Lee's place in the rotation on Saturday. "Possibly for the 3 days, but we'll deal with that when the day comes," Sandberg said of Ruf, who was added to the roster when Lee was placed on the 15-day DL. "I see [Ruf]
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May 22, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
ALLENTOWN - The first time a Ken Giles fastball registered 100 mph, the righthander didn't learn of it until after he had wrapped up his outing. When the then-college sophomore returned to the dugout, an excited group of Yavapai College teammates swarmed around to alert him of an accomplishment seldom witnessed at any level of baseball, let alone in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. When Giles clocked in at 103 mph toward the end of last season with Class A Clearwater, the Phillies' pitching prospect could feel that particular fastball was different.
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May 16, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DARIN RUF was reinstated from the disabled list yesterday, but he will not be adding some power to a punchless outfield when the Phillies take the field tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Ruf, sidelined for 2 months since suffering an oblique (rib cage) strain on March 20, was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley yesterday. Ruf began playing rehab games with the IronPigs on Monday and he will continue to get regular at-bats with the team. Ruf's official rehab lasted all of a week, although he has been getting at-bats for close to 3 weeks since his work began in extended spring-training games in late April.
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May 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies removed Jayson Nix from the team Monday, the second bench subtraction in less than a week. The timing of the roster shuffle was interesting, since the Phillies lost another infield option Sunday when Freddy Galvis suffered a broken left clavicle during a collision with a teammate in pursuit of a foul ball. Nix was outrighted to triple-A Lehigh Valley. He can elect free agency or accept his minor-league assignment. The team's 40-man roster is at 39. His replacement will be announced Tuesday.
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May 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Kenny Giles possesses the best arm in the Phillies organization, and the minor-league flamethrower is now one step closer to the majors. The 23-year-old righthander was promoted Friday to triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ryne Sandberg said the Phillies did not consider jumping Giles from double-A Reading to the majors. The Phillies manager is eager to see how Giles, who throws in the high 90s, handles better competition. "They'll make him throw more strikes," Sandberg said.
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May 5, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Lehigh Valley righthanded reliever Luis Garcia, who was without a baseball job in 2011 and has had two different stints with the Phillies since then, appreciates the chance to apply his craft. "There is nothing like playing baseball," the 27-year-old Garcia said. "Everything you do [that isn't playing], you feel empty. " After pitching at two levels of single A for the Washington Nationals in 2010, Garcia was out of professional baseball the next year. "My agent didn't do his job, and I didn't have the contacts to get a contract so I just decided to stop," Garcia said.
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May 4, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Frandsen has mixed emotions about returning to face the Phillies for the first time as a member of the Washington Nationals. Frandsen opted for free agency at the end of spring training instead of accepting an assignment to triple-A Lehigh Valley . Even though his $900,000 contract was guaranteed, Frandsen rolled the dice and signed with the Nationals for the same amount. Speaking before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park, Frandsen alternated between being bitter and appreciative.
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