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May 28, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The impressive comeback for former Phillies reliever Ryan Madson began with him in catcher's gear, throwing on a mound in an attempt to demonstrate proper technique to a high school pitcher. That was last June in Temecula, Calif., about an hour north of San Diego. But after three years in which he threw just one minor-league inning, Madson is indeed back. The Kansas City Royals righthander has added significantly to what already was considered baseball's deepest bullpen.
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May 27, 2015 | Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Severino Gonzalez, who has seen two of his four major-league starts end without a strikeout, began his outing Monday against the New York Mets on a curious run. Each of the 22-year-old righthander's first seven outs for the Phillies were recorded via strikeouts. Juan Lagares stood looking at an 89-m.p.h. fastball. Wilmer Flores and Anthony Recker swung through low-90s heaters. Michael Cuddyer, Danny Muno and Bartolo Colon each whiffed on sliders. Curtis Granderson struck out swinging on a sinker to lead off the third.
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May 23, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Ruben Amaro Jr. should not have said what he said even if he meant it and even if he was right. Shortly after the Jimmy Rollins trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers was finalized, the Phillies general manager was interviewed by WPEN-FM (97.5) and uttered these infamous words: "I talked to Ryan and [told him] that in our situation that it would probably bode better for the organization for us to move forward not with him, but without him. " In addition to the awkward syntax, it was bad form to treat a player who has meant so much to the organization in that manner, although Howard has been mistreated in a much worse way by a lot of Phillies fans and some of his own family members.
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May 18, 2015 | Matt Breen, Inquirer
Elvis Araujo did not know he was the winning pitcher Friday until after the Phillies wrapped up their 4-3 victory over Arizona. The game ball was waiting for him in his locker in the clubhouse. The lefthanded reliever said he would place it next to the ball he earned earlier this season after striking out his first batter. "I was excited," the rookie said Saturday as his season of firsts rolled on. Araujo, 23, has been effective since being promoted last month from double-A Reading.
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May 14, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - Cody Asche waited two innings Tuesday night before seeing his first action in the field at triple-A Lehigh Valley. The third baseman turned leftfielder charged a shallow fly ball, called off the shortstop, and made the catch. Asche's outfield project was underway. Asche said the 6-5 win over Columbus was his first game in left field since a Florida Instructional League game in 2011. He was optioned to triple A on Monday after another Phillies loss. Asche had just three hits in his last 29 at-bats with the Phils.
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May 5, 2015
MIAMI - A left oblique strain cost J.P. Crawford the first three-plus weeks of his second full professional season, but the Phillies' top prospect is set to return to the field this week. The Phillies are targeting Wednesday as Crawford's day to come off the disabled list and make his season debut for high-A Clearwater. That hinges on the 20-year-old shortstop completing two more extended spring training games Monday and Tuesday in which he will play nine innings in the field, according to director of player development Joe Jordan.
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May 1, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS - Cody Asche has been asked to resume mixing left-field work into his pregame routine. The Phillies' everyday third baseman has shagged fly balls this week at Busch Stadium. Before spring training, Asche spent a few weeks in Clearwater working on fundamentals in left field. The Phillies are looking to create more versatility with the 24-year-old Asche, presumably with an eye toward a summer promotion of third-base prospect Maikel Franco. "With circumstances and possibilities and things like that throughout the summer, it's only fair to the player to prepare and to be ready in a situation," manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday.
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May 1, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - The Phillies have had a problem getting consistent offensive production from their outfield in the last three seasons and the 2015 season has been no different in the corner spots. Entering play last night, Phillies rightfielders were hitting .163 (27th in baseball), with a .496 OPS (29th). Their leftfielders were hitting .198 (25th) with a .559 OPS (24th). So perhaps it isn't surprising that the Phillies have rebooted a project that they curiously ended in the early going of spring training.
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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.
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April 28, 2015
The Phillies have had a plan for shortstop Freddy Galvis since the beginning of spring training, and the results in the early part of the season have been encouraging. The plan was for Galvis to hit the ball more on the ground, use the entire field and not have him go for the big blast. After going 3 for 3 and scoring two runs Sunday in a 5-4 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves, Galvis is hitting .361. Considering he hit just .176 in 119 at-bats for the Phillies last year, this is real progress.
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