Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Aaron Nola, Kyle Schwarber face off Sunday in first battle of 2014 draftees

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 9:05 AM
CHICAGO --- Aaron Nola on Tuesday became the fifth 2014 draftee to debut in the major leagues. The list has since grown to six, after Michael Conforto's Friday promotion to the New York Mets. But Sunday afternoon, when Nola makes his first major league road start at Wrigley Field, will signify the... Read more

Nationals do not appear a likely fit for Papelbon

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 2:22 PM
CHICAGO --- Given Jonathan Papelbon's limited no-trade clause and his insistence on remaining a closer, the Washington Nationals - reportedly the latest team to discuss acquiring his services - do not appear a likely fit. The Phillies and Nationals have discussed Papelbon, according to FOXSports.... Read more

Utley continues to progress, nearing rehab assignment

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 11:47 AM
Chase Utley took soft-toss batting practice and fielded ground balls Wednesday afternoon before the Phillies' 5-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays. The swelling in his right ankle, originally sprained during a January workout, is "pretty much out of there," the Phillies' veteran second baseman said. Utley... Read more

Aaron Nola's debut a TV ratings success

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 11:19 AM
Aaron Nola's major-league debut on Tuesday night was the most watched Phillies game on Comcast Sportsnet since June of 2014, the station said in a statement. Tuesday's game drew a 4.9 rating, which is equal to 145,000 households. Nola's debut peaked at 165,000 households at 9:15 p.m. Oddly, the righthander... Read more

Aaron Nola impresses in major league debut

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 9:03 PM
Cameron Rupp lowered his catcher's mitt as Steven Souza Jr. braced for the 2-2 pitch. For the first time all night, two Tampa Bay Rays were on base, and Aaron Nola was one strike from escaping the jam. Nola, long touted for pinpoint command of his three pitches, delivered a curveball down in the strike... Read more

Maikel Franco (elbow soreness) out of Tuesday's Phillies' lineup

Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 2:04 PM
Maikel Franco stretched with his teammates before batting practice, per usual, on Tuesday afternoon and shagged fly balls in the outfield while his fellow position players took their hacks. But for the first time since his May 15 promotion from triple-A Lehigh Valley, Franco did not play. The Phillies'... Read more

David Buchanan sent to minors after first win of season

Monday, July 20, 2015, 11:03 PM
David Buchanan went almost a full year without a win in the majors. He was winless in 15 straight starts. The rut finally ended in Monday’s 5-3 win over Tampa Bay. And Buchanan was honored by being optioned to triple A. To the the victor goes the minors. “Those kind of things are above... Read more

Chad Billingsley headed to disabled list

Monday, July 20, 2015, 5:04 PM
Chad Billingsley’s season could be over as the Phillies will place the pitcher on the 15-day disabled list. Billingsley was removed from Saturday night’s start after five shutout innings. He told interim manager Pete Mackanin that he was feeling discomfort in his shoulder. The pitcher... Read more

Aaron Nola set for major league debut

Monday, July 20, 2015, 4:45 PM
Aaron Nola boarded a bus on Friday morning with the rest of his triple-A Lehigh Valley teammates. He then was told he was needed at the front desk of the team's hotel in Rochester, N.Y. "Why would they want to see me?" Nola said he thought. Waiting there was IronPigs manager Dave Brundage, who told... Read more

Jesse Biddle named International League pitcher of the week

Monday, July 20, 2015, 11:26 AM
Jesse Biddle was awarded the International League's pitcher of the week award on Monday, three days after his best start of the season. The lefthander pitched seven shutot innings on Friday night for triple-A Lehigh Valley. Biddle struck out seven and walked one. He threw 61 of his 100 pitches for... Read more
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