April 4, 2012
A SPRING that has had more than its share of sour notes ended with a nice surprise. The Phillies announced after Tuesday night's game that lefthanded reliever Joe Savery had made the roster. Though he pitched in four games as a call-up last September, making the club out of the gate represents another step in Savery's career. The Phillies drafted Savery as a first baseman in the 2007 first round. "He's a good story," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's come a long way. " Veterans Scott Podsednik, Hector Luna and Raul Valdes did not make the club.
March 22, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - For guys like Roy Halladay, Mike Stutes and Phillippe Aumont, the next week is as much of a stretch run as a baseball player can experience in March. For Domonic Brown, the heavy lifting is done. We can say all of this with a fair amount of certainty after spending Thursday afternoon taking the temperature inside the coaches' offices at Bright House Field. Manager Charlie Manuel still isn't ready to proclaim Brown an everyday corner outfielder, but that's pretty much what he did when he hung up the lineup for that night's game in Fort Myers against the Red Sox. Fort Myers is the longest bus trip of the spring, and most players would rather not make it, and this trip is particularly bad because the game is at night, which means the team bus probably won't be getting back to Clearwater until after midnight.
April 1, 2011
No. Pitchers B-T HT WT AGE SPRING TRAINING SUMMARY 55 Danys Baez R-R 6-3 225 33 1 save, 2-0, 2.70 ERA, 5 walks, 7 SO in 11 appearances, 131/3 innings. 58 Antonio Bastardo R-L 5-11 195 25 1 save, 0-0, 1.00 ERA, 4 walks, 9 SO in 9 appearances, 9 innings. 56 Joe Blanton R-R 6-3 245 30 2-1, 3.19 ERA, 4 walks, 18 SO, 3 HRs in 6 starts, 31 innings.
November 21, 2012 |
AT THE VERY least, the Phillies' major league decision makers will get an extended firsthand look at Zach Collier, a former first-round pick who was one of four players added to the 40-man roster on Tuesday. That alone is a big step for the 22-year-old outfielder, who entered the 2012 season as an afterthought after four disappointing years in the minor league system. While the three other players who joined the roster - pitchers Trevor May, Jonathan Pettibone and Ethan Martin - were virtual locks for their promotions, Collier's status was unclear.
May 11, 2012 |
EVEN THE OFF days are difficult ones for the Phillies right now. Instead of rest and relaxation, the Phillies had to do some roster juggling Thursday as they prepared for the start of Friday's three-game series against the San Diego Padres. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team is "probably going to make some changes over the next few days," but he refused to comment on the Twitter revelation from recently demoted reliever Michael Schwimer that the team has promoted infielder Hector Luna and pitchers Jake Diekman and Raul Valdes from Triple A Lehigh Valley.
July 22, 2014 |
The Phillies made three roster moves before Monday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the San Francisco Giants. The most difficult move was designating outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment. Just last month, Gwynn's father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, died. "It was tough with Tony with everything he's gone through," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said before the game. "He's a very professional guy, a terrific teammate, so it's tough. " Sandberg said that Gwynn could still remain with the organization.
April 30, 2011 |
The Phillies have enough injuries that general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. felt the need to give an update on all of them before a three-game series against the New York Mets began Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Catcher Carlos Ruiz's back injury led to the latest roster move. The Phillies said before the game that reliever Mike Zagurski had been optioned to triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for catcher Dane Sardinha , whose contract was purchased from the IronPigs.
September 30, 2011 |
"Though nothing can bring back the hour "Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower. " - William Wordsworth, from "Intimations of Immortality" Get ready to say goodbye, Philadelphia. Savor the sight of these Phillies when, to one more ovation, they awkwardly arrange themselves along the first base line before Saturday's start of their 2011 National League division series. As they stand there in the glory of a fifth straight postseason appearance, surrounded by the splendid grass of Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies almost certainly will be providing Philadelphia with a valedictory snapshot.
November 30, 2011 |
Scott Mathieson always could light up a radar gun, but in his limited time in the big leagues with the Phillies he never could consistently retire hitters. Now, the 6-foot-3 righthander will try his luck in Japan, where the Yomiuri Giants are apparently willing to give him a chance. To accommodate his move to Japan, the Phillies released Mathieson from their 40-man roster Tuesday. The Giants are Japan's version of the New York Yankees, and Mathieson said during spring training in February that they had offered him a job to be their closer last winter.
March 2, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Give the marketing people at Nike some credit. They know how to hype a T-shirt in Philadelphia: Just slap it on Cliff Lee, tell him to wear it when he does his running in front of a bunch of cameras after his spring training workouts, and boom, you've created the thing every Phillies fan must have. This is characteristic of Lee in Philly. For the 140 days Lee spent on the Phillies roster in 2009, he won a city over. Then he was traded away, became a cause célèbre for a season, left money on the table to return to Philadelphia, and now he can do no wrong.