Player News - Phillies

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Adam Morgan earned his first career save Wednesday afternoon against the Cardinals.

Morgan entered the game with one out in the top of the ninth inning after Victor Arano gave up a double to Jedd Gyorko. He induced a foul pop-out from Matt Carpenter and then induced a game-ending groundout from Tommy Pham. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler appears to be growing ever more comfortable with a matchups-based approach to save opportunities. Morgan and Arano are in the mix, and so are Seranthony Dominguez and Edubray Ramos. Hector Neris was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier this week.
Jun 20 - 4:22 PM

Jake Arrieta allowed three earned runs over six innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Cardinals.

Philly wound up winning this one 4-3 courtesy of a go-ahead home run by Odubel Herrera in the bottom of the seventh inning. Arrieta fared well against every Cardinals hitter other than Yadier Molina, who hit a solo homer in the top of the second and a two-run shot in the top of the sixth. The 32-year-old right-hander has a 3.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 54/26 K/BB ratio in 79 innings this season, though he's been a little shakier lately. He'll face the Yankees next in what figures to be a tough test.
Jun 20 - 4:19 PM

Odubel Herrera went 3-for-4 with another home run Wednesday in the Phillies' 4-3 defeat of the Cardinals.

Herrera doubled in the first inning, singled in the third inning, and cranked a go-ahead solo homer off Cardinals reliever Sam Tuivailala in the bottom of the seventh. The 26-year-old outfielder has now gone yard in four straight games and has boosted his season slash line to .299/.355/.491. He has 12 total homers and 41 total RBI.
Jun 20 - 4:18 PM

Maikel Franco is starting at third base and batting seventh for the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon against the Cardinals.

Franco is back in an everyday role in Philadelphia with J.P. Crawford out for the next 4-6 weeks due to a broken left hand. Franco has struggled offensively and defensively this season, but he does have good raw power and is capable of providing useful fantasy production when given regular at-bats.
Jun 20 - 10:54 AM

Phillies recalled INF Mitchell Walding from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Walding went 0-for-6 with six strikeouts during a short stay at the major league level a couple weeks ago. The 25-year-old has posted decent numbers this season at Triple-A but probably won't hold any fantasy relevance.
Jun 20 - 10:05 AM

Phillies placed INF J.P. Crawford on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left hand.

Crawford suffered the injury in Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals when he get hit on the hand by a Luke Weaver pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning. He is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. Mitchell Walding has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding 25-man roster move, but Maikel Franco figures to get the bulk of playing time at third base for the next month-plus.
Jun 20 - 10:04 AM

Vince Velasquez was dealt a tough no-decision Tuesday, getting charged with four runs over 6 1/3 innings in the Phillies’ loss to the Cardinals.

Velasquez entered the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead and started the frame with a strikeout, but he was pulled after giving up a single and hitting a batter. Tommy Hunter then proceeded to let both inherited runners score and gave up two more on top of that. Velasquez did whiff eight batters on the night, but he gave up two home runs and issued three free passes. The righty has mostly been excellent over the last month, but he will have a tough two-start week next week versus the Yankees and Nationals.
Jun 19 - 10:48 PM

J.P. Crawford has been diagnosed with a fractured left hand and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Crawford suffered the injury when he was hit on the hand by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday night against the Cardinals. This probably means increased playing time for Maikel Franco, who has been in and out of the Phillies' lineup over the last couple of weeks. Crawford has struggled at the plate this season, but the 23-year-old is a big part of the future in Philadelphia.
Jun 19 - 10:43 PM

Odubel Herrera homered for the third day in a row in the Phillies' loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Herrera mysteriously tried to bunt for a hit in the first inning with two on and nobody out. He had a better plan of attack in his second plate appearance when he took Luke Weaver over the right-field wall. Herrera had been in a horrible slump but has now gone deep four times over his last five contests and has 10 hits over his last six games.
Jun 19 - 10:32 PM

J.P. Crawford was removed from Tuesday's game against the Cardinals after taking a pitch off his left hand.

Crawford ran for himself after the HBP in the bottom of the fourth, but he was replaced at third base by Maikel Franco to begin the top of the fifth. Crawford figures to undergo X-rays, and there should be an update on his status soon.
Jun 19 - 8:45 PM

Nick Williams has been diagnosed with a broken nose.

Williams suffered the injury Monday when he got hit in the face by a ball that ricocheted off the right field wall at Citizens Bank Park. He is expected to avoid the disabled list, but the 24-year-old outfielder probably won't be available for Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals.
Jun 19 - 4:28 PM

Maikel Franco is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Cardinals.

J.P. Crawford will start at third base and hit ninth. Franco has really struggled this month and now finds himself in a timeshare.
Jun 19 - 3:16 PM

Nick Williams told Phillies' manager Gabe Kapler that he was fine after leaving Monday's game after getting hit in the face by a ball that bounced off of the outfield fence.

It's unclear if Williams actually had any X-rays done, or if he was simply referring to the pain that he was experiencing, but it sounds like he's going to be okay. Consider the outfielder day-to-day.
Jun 18 - 11:30 PM

Victor Arano was charged two earned runs on two hits in the top of the ninth inning Monday versus the Cardinals.

Arano got the first save chance for the Phillies since Hector Neris' demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday afternoon and he couldn't seal the deal, though he did strike out three batters. On that third strikeout, the ball went to the backstop, allowing Yadier Molina to score from third base. It went into the book as a wild pitch. Adam Morgan then entered the game and let up a game-tying RBI single to Kolten Wong. Seranthony Dominguez seems to be the best bet for saves in the post-Neris era.
Jun 18 - 11:22 PM

Odubel Herrera hit a three-run homer in the Phillies' defeat of the Cardinals on Monday.

Herrera took Miles Mikolas deep after the first two batters reached in the bottom of the first inning. He added a single in the bottom of the fifth, finishing the night 2-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored. The 26-year-old outfielder fell into a slump toward the end of May, but he has picked it up again in a big way. Herrera is now slashing .293/.351/.464 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI in 68 games this season.
Jun 18 - 11:10 PM


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