June 4, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - The lineup card posted outside triple-A Lehigh Valley's clubhouse on Tuesday night had "Brown" scribbled into the No. 3 spot. Domonic Brown - the Phillies' former top prospect - was set to play right field. Another day brought another minor-league game for Brown. The outfielder said he has accepted that he could spend the rest of the season with the IronPigs. A promotion to the Phillies would be a "positive," he said, but it does not sound as if he expects one. "I'm not in here just looking to be in Philly every day," Brown said before the game was rained out. "Nah, I'm coming in here to play.
June 3, 2015 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - There were times last season when Matt Hockenberry said he would look into the dugout and wonder if his manager would be taking him out. The former Temple ace struggled in his first season with single-A Lakewood. "I would go out there and get maybe one or two outs," Hockenberry said. "Then when it would rain, it would pour. Guys would be running around the bases and I'd just be standing there. " The righthander pitched last season as a reliever with a starter's mind-set.
May 29, 2015 |
NEW YORK - About two weeks ago, during the Phillies' previous homestand, Carlos Ruiz woke up at 6 a.m. to the buzzing sound of his cellphone. It wasn't an alarm. Instead, it was the news he feared would come at some point in the last four months. Nicolas Miranda, a close friend of Ruiz's since boyhood, had died after complications from surgery. Miranda was the same age as Ruiz, 36, and shared the same hometown: David, Panama. Ruiz is honoring his late friend by wearing "44" on the bill of the helmet he wears under his catcher's mask.
May 28, 2015 |
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.
May 27, 2015 |
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.
May 23, 2015 |
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.
May 18, 2015 |
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.
May 14, 2015 |
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.
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.
May 1, 2015 |
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.