Player News - Phillies

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Cameron Rupp delivered a go-ahead two-run double in the ninth inning as part of a 3-0 win over the Nationals.

The bases-loaded hit broke a scoreless tie. It was a catchable ball, but Bryce Harper took a strange route. Fortunately for the Phillies, it dropped in and bounced around the warning track. Rupp has now hit safely in seven straight games and owns a .280/.294/.480 batting line overall.
Apr 28 - 9:27 PM

Jeanmar Gomez tossed a scoreless ninth inning Thursday for his seventh save of the season.

Only David Robertson and Kenley Jansen have more saves than Gomez. You know, just like everyone predicted coming into the year. Gomez doesn’t fit the mold of a typical closer, but he hasn’t had any hiccups yet while posting a 1.93 ERA and 11/3 K/BB ratio over 14 innings.
Apr 28 - 9:26 PM

Aaron Nola allowed just two singles over seven scoreless innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Nationals.

Nola had great movement on his pitches and was incredibly efficient, walking one batter and striking out seven while throwing 54 out of 77 pitches for strikes. He didn’t get the win, but the Phillies eventually got the upper hand in the ninth inning to finish off the three-game sweep. The Phillies held the Nationals scoreless over the final 22 innings of the series. With a 3.55 ERA and 37/6 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, Nola continues to impress.
Apr 28 - 9:26 PM

Phillies RHP prospect Zach Eflin earned his third win by delivering 6 1/3 shutout innings Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

It was a nice bounceback effort for Eflin after allowing six hits and five runs in his previous outing. The 22-year-old is undefeated in four starts this year with a 2.05 ERA. He's only walked three batters this season and has held opponents to a brutal .187 average over 91 at-bats. We'd be surprised if Eflin doesn't make his big league debut some time in 2016.
Apr 28 - 12:31 PM

Jeanmar Gomez breezed through a perfect ninth inning in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Nationals to pick up his sixth save.

Gomez had only one career save prior to 2016 and has never posted a full-season ERA under 3.00 in the big leagues; however, he's enjoyed a dream start to the season. He lowered his ERA to 2.08 on Wednesday and now has six saves, which ranks as the seventh-most in the majors. The sustainability of this performance is unclear -- given his history and the fact that he's not really doing anything different -- but he's the clear closer in Philadelphia right now and should be owned in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
Apr 27 - 10:47 PM

Carlos Ruiz continued his mini power surge, connecting with his third homer of the year in the eighth inning against the Nationals on Wednesday.

Ruiz is 37 years old and doesn't play everyday, but he's taken advantage of the playing time he's been given. After hammering a 3-2 pitch from lefty Sammy Solis over the left-field wall in the eighth inning, prompting some "Chooch!" chants, he is now hitting .294/.368/.588 in 38 plate appearances. The Phillies won't be afraid to give him additional opportunities to start if he continues to swing the bat well.
Apr 27 - 10:41 PM

Jeremy Hellickson tossed seven scoreless innings on Wednesday to pick up his second win, allowing two hits and striking out eight Nationals.

Hellickson still has home-run issues that will plague his fantasy potential; however, he’s been a pleasant surprise in many ways. He has struck out 28 batters in just 26 innings. His ERA is now a palatable 3.81, which is paired with a 3.75 FIP. And his changeup/curveball combination has been a dynamic way to compensate for his continued velocity decline. The right-hander is next scheduled to square off against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Apr 27 - 10:31 PM

Charlie Morton needs surgery for a torn hamstring and is done for the remainder of the season.

Brutal news for the 32-year-old right-hander, who was off to a promising start this season in Philadelphia. He tore his left hamstring Saturday while trying to beat out a bunt and will undergo surgery May 2. Adam Morgan is expected to take his spot in the starting rotation, though we'll likely see several different names there over the course of the summer.
Apr 27 - 12:24 PM

Vincent Velasquez registered his third win of the month Tuesday, allowing three runs over six frames in a 4-3 victory over the Nationals.

Velasquez wasn't electric as he's often been in the early going, striking out just four while walking three and yielding five hits. However, he did enough and proved to be much more efficient than Max Scherzer, who threw 114 pitches to Velasquez's 86 in the same six innings. Velasquez gets the Indians the next time out.
Apr 26 - 11:35 PM

Jeanmar Gomez converted his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Nationals.

Gomez made Philly fans a little nervous when a two-out Anthony Rendon single brought up Bryce Harper as the go-ahead run, but he got Harper to ground out to end it. The veteran right-hander isn't a great bet to continue producing as the Phillies' closer, but he's been good so far with a 2.25 ERA and five saves in five chances.
Apr 26 - 11:32 PM

Andres Blanco went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Tuesday's victory over the Nationals.

Blanco's shot to right-center field off of Scherzer in the first inning put the Phillies out in front early, and they went back ahead on a Maikel Franco RBI double in the seventh. Blanco has quietly been a pretty productive extra guy for the Phillies the last few years and is off to a .346/.433/.577 start this season.
Apr 26 - 11:20 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Tuesday that the MRI on Charlie Morton's strained left hamstring "wasn't as good as we were hoping."

In other words, it's more than just a moderate strain. Morton has already been placed on the disabled list and could miss more than a month. He will be reevaluated later this week. Adam Morgan is probably going to take his spot in the Phillies' rotation.
Apr 26 - 4:16 PM

Adam Morgan was scratched from his scheduled outing Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The Phillies are expected to promote Morgan so he can start Friday's game against Cleveland. He could draw a handful of starts while Charlie Morton works his way back from a hamstring injury. Morgan has posted a 3.57 ERA in his first three starts for Lehigh Valley.
Apr 26 - 3:05 PM

Phillies sent OF Cedric Hunter outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Hunter was optioned to Triple-A last week, but he's now off the 40-man roster after clearing waivers. The 27-year-old will serve as outfield depth in the minors.
Apr 25 - 6:15 PM

Peter Bourjos went 1-for-4 with a triple in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.

Bourjos hit his three-bagger off reliever Michael Blazek in the seventh inning. It was his first triple of the season. Bourjos was hitting ninth in Sunday's contest and is slashing just .196/.212/.333 over 51 at-bats. There is no fantasy upside here.
Apr 24 - 5:30 PM


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