July 15, 2016 |
Not surprisingly, Jairo Munoz was scared to death. It was late April, and he felt that telltale twinge of pain in his right elbow after throwing a pitch. Then his arm went dead, and his fastball did, too, and the dismal possibilities scrolled through his mind: that he might have torn a ligament or a tendon, that he might need Tommy John surgery, that his pro baseball career might be finished, that he might have to return to the Dominican Republic and to a life with little hope. And all of this happened just four weeks after a lightning bolt struck the house in which he used to live - the bedroom in which he used to sleep - and burned it to the ground.
March 22, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On the big-boy field, Ken Giles was struggling to find his All-Star form against the team that drafted him, developed him and turned him into the coveted trade chip that returned a slew of Houston prospects in December. Far beyond the leftfield wall, one of the men brought in to replace him, Andrew Bailey, was quietly getting in some rain-delayed work at the minor league complex. For Giles, it was one inning, three hits, two runs allowed, a couple of strikeouts - and no worries.
March 2, 2016
For the first time this spring, the St. Louis Cardinals got to watch what they hope will be their opening day battery work together. Yadier Molina caught his first bullpen session in camp Monday, another step in his comeback from thumb surgery. Ace Adam Wainwright was on the mound. "You want a guy who throws it where he wants to," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. An eight time all-star, Molina is still recovering from his second offseason surgery on his left thumb. He was injured late last season making a tag at the plate.
February 27, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. Andrew Bailey had no plans to play professional baseball when he left South Jersey in 2002. He said he was an average pitcher at Paul VI High School who "didn't really do anything too special. " Bailey, from Haddon Heights, attended Wagner College simply to extend his baseball life a few more seasons, experience New York City, and earn a degree. The small school in Staten Island is not exactly a baseball powerhouse. But Bailey managed to defy the odds. He left college with a blazing fastball and a professional contract.
October 6, 2015 |
Jesse Biddle, the Phillies' former first-round draft pick from Germantown Friends School, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, interim general manager Scott Proefrock said Sunday. Team physician Michael Ciccotti will perform the operation on Oct. 14 in Philadelphia. The typical recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 12 to 18 months. Biddle recently went for a second opinion, which confirmed Ciccotti's diagnosis. The 23-year-old lefthander finished his season with triple-A Lehigh Valley on the disabled list with a shoulder strain.
September 19, 2015 |
Aaron Nola has never had Tommy John surgery. The Phillies righthander has not faced a significant injury. But an article about the elbow surgery's namesake reminded interim general manager Scott Proefrock about Nola. Proefrock said he spent a few days trying to figure out the best plan of action for the remainder of Nola's rookie season. Ruben Amaro Jr. said before his ouster that Nola would be shelved after reaching 185 innings, which would cause the Phillies to end Nola's season early.
July 1, 2015
Once again Phillies righthander Chad Billingsley is returning to the big leagues. Billingsley will start Thursday against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. He missed most of the previous two seasons after Tommy John surgery and additional elbow surgery. Billingsley began this season with triple-A Lehigh Valley. After he made three starts with the Phillies and posted a 6.75 ERA, he returned to the DL May 17 with a right shoulder strain. "I've just got to get back out there again, getting my rhythm, getting a routine and constantly getting back out there," Billingsley said.
May 6, 2015 |
ATLANTA - For three months last summer, Chad Billingsley wasn't much help in the bringing-in-the-groceries-from-the-car department. If he and his wife decided to go on vacation for a weekend, he was going to be hitting up the bellhop for help with the luggage. Handling the TV remote was about his limit. Billingsley underwent surgery on his right flexor tendon (elbow) just over 10 months ago. Two years ago, he had Tommy John surgery. Tonight, he'll take the mound at Turner Field and pitch in his first major league game in more than two years.
April 29, 2015 |
ST. LOUIS - Outside the home dugout at Busch Stadium yesterday afternoon, minutes before the Cardinals took batting practice, a herd of reporters gathered. General manager John Mozeliak announced that longtime ace Adam Wainwright had a complete tear of his left Achilles' and would miss the remainder of the season. Across the way, inside the visiting clubhouse, Ryan Howard felt for his fellow competitor. "You never want to see anyone go down with injury, especially one like that," Howard said.
April 10, 2015
Two days after the Phillies mustered only three hits in an opening-day shutout, manager Ryne Sandberg added two righthanded bats to his lineup. Darin Ruf, whom fans have long clamored to see get more at-bats, made his season debut in left field Wednesday while Jeff Francoeur played opposite him in right. Ruf batted fifth, serving as the righthanded bat behind Ryan Howard, while Carlos Ruiz, typically the Phillies' five-hole hitter, moved to the two-hole. A minor injury to opening-day centerfielder Odubel Herrera shifted Ben Revere from left field back to the position he manned for the Phillies the previous two seasons.