Wednesday, May 6, 2015

J.P. Crawford homers in season debut

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 3:30 PM
J.P. Crawford's season debut proved to be worth the wait. The Phillies top prospect went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run on Wednesday afternoon for the single-A Clearwater Threshers. Crawford, 20, missed the first month of the season after straining his left oblique late in spring training. The shortstop... Read more

Reading not happy about slide that ended Alonso's season

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 1:48 PM
Double-A Reading manager Dusty Wathan is not happy after a slide took out Carlos Alonso and ended the second baseman's season. Alonso, 27, was covering second on a double-play turn on April 24 against Harrisburg. Reading led, 7-3, in the sixth inning. Harrisburg base runner Stephen Perez slid past... Read more

J.P. Crawford makes season debut at Clearwater

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 1:04 PM
J.P. Crawford, the Phillies top prospect, made his season debut on Wednesday after missing the season's first month with a strained oblique. The shortstop batted leadoff and was used as a designated hitter for high-A Clearwater again the Brevard County Manatees, Milwaukee's affiliate. "One of my... Read more

Phillies chat with Matt Breen

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 4:15 AM
Join the Inquirer's Matt Breen as he takes your questions about the Phillies in a live chat at noon Wednesday. Read more

Slumping Chase Utley out of Tuesday's lineup

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 3:23 PM
ATLANTA - Chase Utley, mired in a prolonged slump, is out of Tuesday night's Phillies lineup against the Braves. Utley, 36, is hitting a woeful .103 on the season. He was 0 for 4 with a run scored in Monday's 6-2 win in which the Phillies recorded a season-high 14 hits. Amazingly, he still leads the... Read more

Phillies prospect Ben Lively named pitcher of the week

Monday, May 4, 2015, 1:30 PM
For the second time in three weeks, a member of double-A Reading's pitching staff was named the Eastern League's pitcher of the week. Ben Lively, who the Phillies acquired this offseason from Cincinnati for Marlon Byrd, received the award on Monday after making two starts last week. The righthander... Read more

Top prospect Crawford set to come off disabled list this week

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 2:56 PM
MIAMI - A left oblique strain cost J.P. Crawford the first three-plus weeks of his second full professional season, but the Phillies' top prospect is set to return to the field this week. The Phillies are targeting Wednesday as Crawford's day to come off the disabled list and make his season debut... Read more

Chad Billingsley to make major league return Tuesday

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 4:20 PM
MIAMI --- Chad Billingsley, who has made just two starts since 2012, will make his major-league return Tuesday for the Phillies against the Atlanta Braves. Billingsley, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2013 and a flexor tendon operation last June, signed with the Phillies in January to a... Read more

Phillies option David Buchanan to triple A

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 4:11 PM
MIAMI - The Phillies optioned struggling righthander David Buchanan to triple-A Lehigh Valley and recalled lefthanded reliever Elvis Araujo from double-A Reading. Buchanan, who after a strong spring began the season as the Phillies' No. 3 starter, was 0-5 with an 8.76 ERA. "Performance," general... Read more

Chad Billingsley builds up to 99 pitches in rehab start

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 12:39 PM
Chad Billingsley threw 99 pitches, his most since April 2013 Tommy John surgery, in his fourth rehab start with triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday morning. The 30-year-old righthander is close to joining the Phillies rotation. He has said he wants to build up to 100 pitches before returning. Billingsley's... Read more
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