July 22, 2015 |
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.
July 20, 2015
Being the closer, Ken Giles said, is like entering a "whole new world. " Chances are good that Giles will enter that world if the Phillies decide to part ways with Jonathan Papelbon before the trade deadline on July 31. "Everyone knows who you are when you come into that ninth inning, because you're the one that ends the game," Giles said Saturday. "You're the one that brings the fire. You have the starters that start the fire and you just finish it. You put that extra little fuel on it to finish the game off. " The 24-year-old Giles said he's trying not to get too ahead of himself.
July 16, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - It's been two decades since Kevin Garnett opened up the NBA Preschool Learning Academy by jumping immediately from high school to the NBA draft. Since 1995, the Association and its fans have adjusted to the rush of kids, accepting that potential has become the driving force in player selection and that it is better to gamble on getting the next Kobe Bryant or LeBron James than to be cautious and face the wrath of missing out. Major league baseball has not reached the point where the NBA is, but it does seem to be undergoing a shift in the conventional wisdom of how to best develop an exceptional young prospect.
July 12, 2015 |
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.
June 24, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Cesar Hernandez started at second base last night for the fifth time in the last eight games. Chase Utley, who was out of the lineup in two of the previous three games, was also penciled into manager Ryne Sandberg's batting order. But eventually Sandberg won't have the luxury of the designated hitter to balance playing the younger, developing infielder (Hernandez, a career .294 hitter in the minor leagues) while also not benching the franchise icon (Utley, the unofficial leader of the 2007-11 era)
May 18, 2015 |
The Phillies' double-A Reading affiliate has a rotation of top prospects as well as centerfielder Roman Quinn on the roster, and Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover was on the recently completed road trip with the team. This is the third in a series of stories about the Fightin Phils. ERIE Pa. - Being a baseball lifer in the big leagues is one thing. Being a baseball lifer in the minor leagues is something else entirely. Just ask Dusty Wathan and Dave Lundquist, the primary caretakers of the Phillies' prospects playing this season at double-A Reading.
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 29, 2015
ST. LOUIS - Tuesday marks the end of Domonic Brown's 20-day rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues. The rightfielder could play his final game with triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night and then catch a flight to St. Louis and rejoin the Phillies. But that is not a certainty given Brown's struggles at the plate. The Phillies have flexibility because Brown can still be optioned to and from the minor leagues. Upon his activation from the 15-day disabled list, he may remain with the triple-A club for more at-bats.
April 3, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. Luis Garcia had enough. Baseball was not working. It was time for the pitcher to find a normal job and live a normal life, he thought. Garcia cut hair for two months at a barber shop in Morristown, N.J. The shop was called Major League Barbers, a fitting name for someone who left the Dominican Republic in 2007 with dreams of being a major-league pitcher. Garcia later worked for a moving company, traveling in a truck with five men all over North Jersey. Life without baseball, Garcia said, felt empty.
March 31, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez packed his bags Sunday morning and made the short walk from Bright House Field to the Phillies' minor-league clubhouse. The recipient of the most lucrative international contract in team history will again start a baseball season in the minor leagues. A dismal 141/3-inning sample size ensured Gonzalez a ticket to triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he will begin the season. This spring was different for the Cuban righthander but only for the fact that he was healthy.