Archive: August, 2013
NEW YORK — The Phillies have decisions to make on numerous prospects this winter, and they will use the Arizona Fall League for further evaluation on players like Kelly Dugan and Aaron Altherr.
Both are outfielders enjoying fine seasons that have reinstated their prospect status. Dugan, who turns 23 in three weeks, has 20 homers between single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading. He is batting .292 with an .870 OPS. Altherr is hitting for improved power at Clearwater with 12 homers, 36 doubles and six triples.
If they are not added to the 40-man roster this winter, they are eligible for selection in December's Rule 5 draft.
When the pitcher on the TV began to speak, the visiting clubhouse at Citi Field became quieter. Although the pitcher was wearing a different uniform than them, nearly every Phillies player was completely bummed out to hear that Mets All-Star pitcher Matt Harvey had a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.
"It sucks for the game," Michael Young said.
Harvey is likely headed for Tommy John surgery in the near future, although the Mets plan to wait 2-3 weeks to reexamine his arm once swelling subsides.
READING -- Maikel Franco celebrated his 21st birthday in style. The Inquirer’s No. 1 Phillies prospect, Franco hit a game-tying two-run home run with two outs in the ninth inning and Kelly Dugan won the game with a solo shot in the 10th as Reading beat the visiting Richmond Flying Squirrels, 7-6 on Monday.
Besides helping Reading come back from a 6-1 deficit, Franco reached two milestones. It was his 30th home run of the season, 16 with Clearwater and now 14 with Reading.
In addition he now has exactly 100 RBIs, including 48 for Reading.
NEW YORK — History will reflect this was not the greatest of weeks for a man named Casper Wells. There could be an explanation, albeit a frightening one.
Wells was placed on the disabled list Monday morning with what the Phillies described as "vision problems" just two days after he was the losing pitcher and struck out four times in an 18-inning defeat. Interim manager Ryne Sandberg said Wells has played with blurred eyesight.
The Phillies sent Wells to an eye specialist in Philadelphia.
Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown, who left Saturday’s 12-7 marathon 18-inning loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the third inning due to soreness in his right Achilles, says he is feeling better and hopes to return soon.
Brown wasn’t in the lineup in today’s series finale at Citizens Bank Park after x-rays showed he has inflammation of the Achilles.
“My Achilles has been a little sore the past couple of days and I think I am available to pinch hit today and we will see what happens,” Brown said before this afternoon’s game.
Casper Wells will never forget his first pitching experience with the Phillies. Wells was the losing pitcher in Saturday’s 12-7 loss in 18 innings to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The time of game was 7 hours and 6 minutes, the longest in both Phillies and Arizona history.
Wells, a pitcher in college at Towson University, had thrown a scoreless inning on June 28 with the Chicago White Sox in a 19-10 loss to the Cleveland Indians..
With the score 7-7 against the Diamondbacks, Wells retired the first two batters he faced but walked the speedy Tony Campana, who then scored on Adam Eaton’s double to break the tie.
Late Thursday night Phillies righthander Jonathan Pettibone said he was going to be shut down for an indefinite period with inflammation in his right shoulder.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said before tonight’s game with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park that Pettibone isn’t likely to pitch this season.
“He has some inflammation in his rotator cuff and they want to shut him down for about 3-6 weeks from throwing which would make his season basically over,” Amaro said.
When the Vet fell in 2004, there may have been a chest full of precious Phillies and Eagles memories left inside.
Former Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas went on 94 WIP to make an important historical announcement about Veterans Stadium:
“[The Phillies] did have an awesome… we used to share like the shower and rest room area at the Vet, and they had an awesome collection of porn."