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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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April 28, 2015 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
THE RETURN of Domonic Brown from the disabled list could hasten the end of the Grady Sizemore era in Philadelphia. The 32-year-old outfielder entered yesterday hitting .133 (4-for-30) with a double, one walk and five strikeouts, numbers that were similar to his production during spring training. The Phillies gave Sizemore $2 million guaranteed to re-sign with the club early in the offseason, but it's hard to come up with a reason why he shouldn't be the odd man out if the Phillies decide to add Brown to the active roster by Wednesday, when his 20-day rehab assignment for an Achilles' tendon injury is set to expire.
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April 28, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Columnist
AS GOOD AS it was, you ain't seen nothin' yet. If you thought the diving stop and throw up the middle Saturday night is the best that Freddy Galvis has to offer, think again. That wasn't even his best play in the past 6 months. "No, it was not my best," Galvis admitted yesterday. "I had one that was better, playing winter ball in Venezuela this year. " That's saying something, because Saturday's play might have been Galvis' signature moment. This was Jeter, diving into the stands; Ozzie, barehanded up the middle.
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April 27, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
It took all of two dismal weeks of this baseball season in Philadelphia for last summer's favorite question to resurface: When will the Phillies promote Maikel Franco? It's a natural question, of course. The organization's closest prospect is off to a hot start down the road in triple A while the big-league club entered the weekend producing runs at the league's worst rate and committing fielding errors at its highest rate. But there doesn't appear to be any rush to call up Franco, nor should there be, no matter how low the team's anemic offense dips.
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April 26, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
As transitions go, this was somewhat of a significant moment for the Phillies. It was not as if we did not know that the second really-good-but-not-great era in franchise history was over. The previous two seasons, the first road trip this season, and all those empty blue seats at Citizens Bank Park provided ample evidence that it was, and has been, for a while. It is notable, however that for the first time since the Phillies won the 2008 World Series, they sent out a lineup, for Thursday's series finale against the Miami Marlins, without a player from that championship team.
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