Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stephen Shackleford sets Reading saves record

Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 12:52 AM
READING - Streaks of chocolate syrup drizzled the front and back of Stephen Shackleford’s jersey. His red hat was coated in whipped cream. It was the aftermath of a sweet celebration on Tuesday night to mark the pitcher’s 25th save of the season, a single-season record for double-A Reading... Read more

Maikel Franco exits Tuesday's game with wrist injury

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 9:53 PM
PHOENIX --- Maikel Franco's promising rookie season hit a snag Tuesday night at Chase Field. The Phillies' 22-year-old third baseman was forced from the game in the first inning after he was hit on the left wrist by a fastball from Arizona Diamondbacks righthander Jeremy Hellickson. Franco was diagnosed... Read more

Adam Loewen pitches in first major league game since 2008

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 2:36 AM
PHOENIX --- Four days after learning of his promotion from triple A, Adam Loewen made his first major league pitching appearance in a whopping 2,592 days. The pitcher-turned-outfielder-turned-pitcher again left Monday night's outing with "nothing but positive feelings," he said. Loewen was charged... Read more

Maikel Franco hits longest Phillies home run in three seasons

Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 2:01 AM
PHOENIX --- Maikel Franco has launched some long home runs in his first few months as the Phillies everyday third baseman. But not like the one he hit Monday night. Franco crushed a ball over the centerfield wall in the sixth inning of the Phillies' 13-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase... Read more

Phillies acquire infielder Tyler Pastornicky from the Rangers

Monday, August 10, 2015, 3:15 PM
PHOENIX --- The Phillies on Monday bolstered their organizational infield depth by acquiring Tyler Pastornicky in a trade with the Texas Rangers for cash considerations. Pastornicky, 25, will report to triple-A Lehigh Valley, which opens a three-game series Tuesday night in Syracuse, N.Y. The former... Read more

Jerad Eickhoff, Andrew Knapp earn honors

Monday, August 10, 2015, 1:10 PM
Jerad Eickhoff’s dominant first week in the Phillies system and Andrew Knapp’s torrid stretch were both rewarded on Monday. Eickhoff, a righthanded pitcher at triple-A Lehigh Valley, was named the International League’s pitcher of the week. Knapp, double-A Reading’s catcher... Read more

Phillies prepare for another meeting with Zack Greinke

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 8:06 PM
Zack Greinke’s season has been nothing short of masterful. He enters Thursday's start against the Phillies as the major-league leader in ERA (1.41), quality starts (20), opponent batting average (.186), and WHIP (0.83). The righthander strung together 45.2 scoreless innings last month, the longest... Read more

Phillies chat with Matt Breen

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 2:23 AM
Join the Inquirer's Matt Breen as he answers all your Phillies questions in a live chat, beginning at 1 p.m. Read more

Chase Utley looks strong in rehab game with double A Reading

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 8:55 PM
TRENTON - The hardest part of the rehabilitation process, Chase Utley said, is staying patient. The 36-year-old second baseman has been on the disabled list since June 23. "Obviously, you want to be out there," Utley said Tuesday night after playing in a rehab game with double-A Reading. Utley played... Read more

Chase Utley to begin rehab assignment on Sunday

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 11:20 PM
Chase Utley’s road back to the Phillies will continue on Sunday afternoon in Allentown. The second baseman will begin a rehab assignment with triple-A Lehigh Valley at Coca-Cola Park. The IronPigs play Norfolk at 1:35. Utley has been on the disabled list since June 23 with inflammation in his... Read more
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