Player News - Phillies

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Nick Pivetta allowed three earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a win over the Marlins.

Pivetta gave up solo homers to Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich, and Yelich scored in the bottom of the third when the Phillies right-hander uncorked a wild pitch. But the Philadelphia offense provided 10 runs of support on a whopping 20 hits in the afternoon victory. Pivetta stands 3-5 with a 5.45 ERA through his first 13 major league starts.
Jul 19 - 4:29 PM

Maikel Franco finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and a walk in the Phillies' 10-3 defeat of the Marlins on Wednesday.

Franco contributed a run-scoring sac fly to the Phillies' two-run first inning and added a two-run double in the top of the ninth. The 24-year-old third baseman had a disappointing first half, but he's primed to produce better numbers down the stretch. Franco went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double on Tuesday.
Jul 19 - 4:01 PM

Howie Kendrick (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Reading.

And it sounds like he might only play a game or two in the minors before the Phillies activate him off the disabled list. Kendrick is one of the few attractive trade chips for the rebuilding Phils, and the deadline is under two weeks away. The versatile veteran was batting .349/.403/.476 with two homers and eight stolen bases in 33 games when he landed on the disabled list June 28 with a left hamstring strain.
Jul 19 - 10:15 AM

Vince Velasquez (elbow) tossed six strong innings, allowing two runs -- one earned -- against the Marlins on Tuesday.

Making his first start since May 30, the right-hander showed few ill effects of the right flexor strain that kept him on the sidelines. He allowed just four hits, including a Giancarlo Stanton solo homer, and walked one while striking out four. The 25-year-old struggled mightily in 10 starts prior to hitting the disabled list, to the extent that the coaching staff and front office thought about using him out of the bullpen instead, so while Tuesday's start is just one outing, it's one to grow on. Velasquez will look to sustain that success Monday against his former club, the Astros.
Jul 19 - 2:02 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers, Rays and Yankees are "among the many teams in the mix" for Pat Neshek.

Rosenthal notes that talks are "fluid" and there's "no clear leader" at this point. The Nationals and Red Sox have also been connected to the side-arming reliever. An impending free agent, Neshek boasts a 1.21 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 40/5 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 relief innings this season.
Jul 18 - 9:57 AM

Howie Kendrick (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment by the end of this week.

Kendrick has been cleared to resume all baseball activities after missing the last three weeks with a strained left hamstring. "I feel better," Kendrick said. "I’m not quite there yet, but I feel better." The Phillies would like to deal Kendrick prior to the trade deadline, so they figure to push him to make it back for a few games before the end of the month.
Jul 18 - 9:33 AM

Phillies optioned RHP Mark Leiter to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Leiter holds a 4.08 ERA over 15 appearances -- three starts -- for the Phillies this season. He's clearing out for the return of Vincent Velasquez, who will be activated from the disabled list to start Tuesday.
Jul 17 - 11:41 PM

Jerad Eickhoff surrendered five earned runs over six innings Monday in a no-decision against the Marlins.

Miami wound up winning this one in extras. Eickhoff struck out eight batters, but he issued four walks and yielded six hits -- including three home runs. The right-hander is 1-7 with a 4.83 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 16 starts this season.
Jul 17 - 11:16 PM

Phillies placed OF Aaron Altherr on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 15, with a strained right hamstring.

Altherr suffered the injury in Friday's loss to the Brewers. The Phillies figure to go with multiple options in the outfield during his absence, including Daniel Nava, Cameron Perkins, and Ty Kelly.
Jul 17 - 3:00 PM

Phillies activated 2B Cesar Hernandez from the 10-day disabled list.

Hernandez, out since June 10 with a strained left oblique, went 1-for-7 with nine walks over four rehab game with High-A Clearwater. The 27-year-old has had an underwhelming year, but he could be a trade candidate this month.
Jul 17 - 2:58 PM

Phillies prospect Adonis Medina threw six scoreless innings on Sunday for Low-A Lakewood.

Medina didn't walk anyone, allowed just three hits and struck out seven. It's been a solid -- if not spectacular -- year for the right-hander, and with a plus fastball and two solid off-speed pitches, he has the stuff to pitch in a rotation someday. The command needs work, but that's made progress. If you're patient, he has a chance to pitch in the back of a rotation in the next few years.
Jul 17 - 2:29 PM

Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford doubled and tripled on Sunday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Crawford now has his average up to .218, and while that doesn't seem impressive, when you consider it was in the .170 range not all that long ago, it is. He has an OPS of 1.111 since the start of July. Again, we need to see him continue this run to move him back up to the top of the prospect lists, but even the coldest of hearts have to admit this is a very impressive run.
Jul 17 - 1:08 PM

Cesar Hernandez (oblique) is set to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

Hernandez made it through his final minor league rehab game on Sunday without issuing, going 1-for-1 and drawing six walks for High-A Clearwater. He has been on the shelf since June 10 due to the oblique issue.
Jul 16 - 9:30 PM

Nick Williams went 2-for-4 with a grand slam in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Brewers.

This was a low-scoring game up until the sixth inning, when Williams connected for the big grand slam off of Tyler Webb to give the Phillies a 5-2 lead. This was the 23-year-old rookie's second home run since being called up on June 30. Through the first 11 games of his big league career, Williams has done a nice job, slashing .306/.359/.528 with four extra-base hits.
Jul 16 - 5:58 PM

Odubel Herrera went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles -- including an RBI two-bagger -- in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

Herrera is now up to 27 doubles on the season. His career-best of 30 set as a rookie in 2015 figures to fall by the wayside soon enough. Overall, the outfielder is hitting .258/.293/.402 with six homers and 30 RBI across 333 at-bats. While those numbers are relatively muted, Herrera has been swinging a hot bat of late, having cranked three homers and three doubles in his last four games.
Jul 16 - 5:57 PM


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