August 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The three-camera system installed at Bright House Field allowed Ruben Amaro Jr. and Rich Dubee the chance to watch detailed video from Florida of Roy Halladay pitching to a bunch of minor-league kids Saturday morning in a simulated game. Afterward, the Phillies general manager and pitching coach spoke to Halladay in a conference call. All of the involved parties were "encouraged" by the day's results. Signs point to Halladay's next pitching in a minor-league game, possibly Thursday.
August 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - John Lannan spent each of his first six big-league seasons with the Washington Nationals and quickly became a staple of the team's rotation. He made back-to-back Opening Day starts for the Nationals in 2009 and 2010. He had a career-best 3.70 ERA in 2011. Lannan was mostly discarded by Washington last season, however, when he was shipped to the minor leagues as ownership hit the trade and free-agent markets to upgrade the rotation. Lannan was discarded last winter, when Washington decided to nontender him in December.
August 7, 2013
DOMONIC BROWN went 3-for-5 with a home run in a minor league rehab game last night for Low A Lakewood. The game was Brown's first since experiencing concussion symptoms after diving for a ball on July 23. He is expected to play a rehab game with Double A Reading tonight and then rejoin the Phillies tomorrow. "I felt good - no symptoms," Brown said. "I felt good in the box . . . I had some pretty good swings. " -Ryan Lawrence
August 7, 2013
Domonic Brown went 3 for 5 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored during the first game of his rehab assignment with single-A Lakewood on Monday night in Hagerstown, Md. The Phillies' leading run producer has been out since he suffered a concussion diving for a fly ball in a July 23 game in St. Louis. Brown homered to right in the third inning of Lakewood's 8-4 loss to Hagerstown. "I felt pretty good," Brown said. "No symptoms. . . . I was just trying to see some good pitches up and I had some pretty good swings.
August 7, 2013 |
FOLLOWING yesterday's suspension, Antonio Bastardo will not pitch in another game for the Phillies this season. Mike Adams won't play again this season, either, while waiting for his right shoulder to heal from surgery. Roy Halladay will attempt to pitch again this season, only because he'd like a job next year, and his best marketing plan is to show off his surgically repaired right shoulder. But for non-contending teams, the final 8 weeks of the season are often spent more on looking toward starting the next year off right, rather than finishing the current year strong.
August 6, 2013 |
CHARLIE MANUEL didn't have to answer the question last week because his regular leftfielder was on the disabled list. But with Domonic Brown likely due back on Wednesday and a Phillies lineup that includes rookies Cody Asche and Darin Ruf getting regular playing time with veteran Michael Young in the mix, too, someone is going to have to move to the bench or switch positions. A month ago Manuel sounded reluctant to move Brown from leftfield to right. But would he consider it now?
August 5, 2013 |
Phillies all-star leftfielder Domonic Brown, who was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on July 25, said that he thinks he will be ready for a rehab assignment beginning Monday. "Nothing is definite, but it will probably be Monday," Brown said after Saturday's 5-4 loss in 12 innings to the Atlanta Braves. When asked where it would be, he replied, "Hagerstown. " On Monday, the Phillies' low-A affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws, will play at Hagerstown, Md. Brown has been sidelined since slamming his head on the warning track dirt when he dove but didn't come up with the ball in a 4-1 loss at St. Louis on July 23. He is batting .271 with 24 home runs, 69 RBIs, and an .847 on-base-plusslugging percentage.
July 31, 2013 |
The owner of the South Philadelphia rowhouse that exploded Monday morning is a recently created real estate investment firm, SCK Investments L.L.C., set up to buy, rehabilitate, and resell neglected properties. What used to be a two-story home at 428 Daly St. was apparently its first investment, the only Pennsylvania property under SCK's ownership since the business was incorporated in January 2012, listing an address at 2653 S. Camac St. Its principals - Cathy Finney-Hughes, described as president on an SCK website, and executive secretary Steve Finney - failed to respond to repeated phone calls, messages, and visits from reporters.
July 21, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The Phillies will play this weekend with four outfielders, one of whom has been removed for a defensive replacement in more than half of his starts, and team officials disputed the notion that another was required. Manager Charlie Manuel could be hamstrung in his late-game tactics. John Mayberry Jr. is the new starting centerfielder in the wake of Ben Revere's broken ankle. That leaves Laynce Nix as the only reserve. "There are some things we're trying to do, I guess," Manuel said.
July 19, 2013
DEAR HARRY : I recently lost my brother. He was unmarried and had no children. I was named to administer his estate. My surviving brother is the only other heir. My deceased brother left substantial money and stock, which are easy to handle. They covered all of the estate's expenses and then some. He also left a house in an affluent area of Montgomery County. The house is not in good repair, and I have been told to rehab it before trying to sell it. The problem is that this will cost about $50,000.