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Franco assigned to minor league camp

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 12:43 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Third baseman Maikel Franco, the Phillies top prospect, has been assigned to minor league camp. This is no surprise. Franco, 21, would have had to make a strong impression in order to stay on the big league roster. He split last season at Clearwater and Reading, combining for 31... Read more

Hamels encouraged after pitching BP

Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9:57 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Cole Hamels was encouraged after throwing batting practice for the first time this spring on Saturday morning. Hamels threw two different innings, consisting of 15 pitches each. Following the first 15 pitches he rested and then resumed to throw his final 15 pitches at Bright House... Read more

Galvis has MRSA; Ruf out 4-6 weeks

Friday, March 21, 2014, 5:02 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have confirmed that Freddy Galvis does have MRSA and that Darin Ruf will be out 4-6 weeks with a grade 1/2 left oblique strain. Before Friday’s 2-2 tie with the Boston Red Sox at Bright House Field, general manager Ruben Amaro said Galvis was being tested for... Read more

Amaro updates Galvis' condition

Friday, March 21, 2014, 12:59 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. just updated the situation on infielder Freddy Galvis after the team earlier stated that he has a staph infection. Now there is some uncertainty. “Freddy I believe has at least a staph infection and will be in the hospital a couple... Read more

Renovation of 'Theme Tower' begins

Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:32 AM
Construction started this week on an advertising board known as the "Theme Tower" outside Citizens Bank Park, and the project will be completed by the Phillies' home opener April 7. The tower, long controversial because it blocked views of Center City from the stadium's seats, will be lowered by more... Read more

Phillies roster projection (Ver. 2.0)

Friday, March 21, 2014, 9:53 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies lost two bench players in two days to injury. They do not know how much time Darin Ruf will miss with a strained muscle in his rib cage. The same can be said for Freddy Galvis, who was hospitalized with a staph infection stemming from an abscess removal. Such... Read more

Galvis out with staph infection

Friday, March 21, 2014, 9:50 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies announced this morning that infielder Freddy Galvis is in the hospital with a staph infection. Earlier in the week Galvis had an abscess removed from his left knee. How long Galvis will be sidelined is not yet known, but it’s likely he won’t be available... Read more

Ruf discusses oblique injury

Friday, March 21, 2014, 9:05 AM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies first baseman-outfielder Darin Ruf says he will likely get an MRI on his left oblique injury later today and hopes he will heal quickly. For now, however, there is obvious discomfort. “It hurts when I cough, and sneeze and laugh and stuff like that so it doesn’t... Read more

Sandberg continues to be impressed with Buchanan

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6:52 PM
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Even on a day in which he served consecutive home runs on back-to-back pitches, righthander David Buchanan continued to show positives for the Phillies. Buchanan allowed two runs in four innings during Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field. The... Read more

Darin Ruf suffers rib cage injury

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 1:16 PM
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Minutes after Phillies batting practice began Thursday at Oscola County Stadium, Darin Ruf felt a twinge in his rib cage and retreated to the visiting clubhouse with assistant athletic trainer Shawn Fcasni. Ruf, a bench hopeful, was later diagnosed with a strained left oblique... Read more
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