Sunday, March 29, 2015

Phillies send Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to minor leagues

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 9:32 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the highest-ticketed foreign free agent in Phillies history, will start his second-straight season in the minor leagues. The Phillies signed Gonzalez in August 2013 after he defected from Cuba to a three-year, $12 million contract. The 28-year-old struggled... Read more

Zach Eflin excited to pitch for Phillies on Monday

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10:34 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Zach Eflin had to step outside Frenchy's beachfront restaurant on Friday evening. His phone was buzzing, and a band was playing inside. The call was from Joe Jordan, the Phillies director of player development. The pitching prospect had no idea why Jordan was calling. Jordan told... Read more

Former Phillies prospect Drabek switching teams again

Friday, March 27, 2015, 6:50 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. --- A day after earning a save against his former organization, Toronto Blue Jays righthander Kyle Drabek was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox. Drabek, 27, is the former touted starting pitching prospect the Phillies traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in the December 2009... Read more

Zach Eflin to start Monday vs. Pirates

Friday, March 27, 2015, 5:08 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies will get a look at their third pitching prospect in less than a week when Zach Eflin pitches on Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Eflin, 20, was acquired this winter as part of the deal that sent Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles. Eflin made 24 starts last season at... Read more

Nola pitches three scoreless innings in Grapefruit League debut

Friday, March 27, 2015, 2:17 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. --- Aaron Nola, the Phillies' top pitching prospect, pitched three scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut Friday afternoon against the New York Yankees. Nola gave up five hits, including two doubles, but struck out four while walking none. The 21-year-old righthander relied... Read more

Nola no longer starting Friday, 'hopefully' he will pitch

Friday, March 27, 2015, 12:34 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Paplebon will start instead of Aaron Nola on Friday, the Phillies announced a half hour before the first pitch against the visiting New York Yankees. The team said the change was made due to the threat of inclement weather. Thunderstorms are in the forecast throughout the... Read more

Crawford frustrated but staying positive after first pro injury

Friday, March 27, 2015, 11:04 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. --- The Phillies' top prospect was turning double plays during pre-game infield practice Tuesday when he felt a sharp pain. When he felt it again in the minor league game, J.P. Crawford took himself out. A left oblique strain, the first injury of Crawford's young professional career... Read more

Cody Asche scratched from lineup with back tightness

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 11:31 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Cody Asche was scratched from Thursday afternoon's lineup after feeling tightness in his back during the Phillies morning stretch at Bright House Field. Asche was replaced with Andres Blanco, who is batting ninth against the Toronto Blue Jays. Asche, 24, has 10 hits this spring... Read more

Phillies help Army officer from Fox Chase surprise family

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 10:56 AM
The Phanatic was dancing with a fan late in Wednesday’s game, when the public address announcer asked the mascot to reveal who his dance partner was. The man - Lt. Shaun Wixted - took off the Mexican hat and poncho. The Army officer and West Point graduate had been stationed in Kuwait for a... Read more

Top prospect Crawford sidelined with injury

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 8:21 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Shortstop J.P. Crawford, the Phillies' top prospect, sustained a left oblique strain and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks. Crawford, 20, was expected to start this season in either single-A Clearwater or double-A Reading. He hit .275 with seven doubles, eight home runs and 29... Read more
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