Player News - Phillies

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Cameron Perkins went 2-for-2 with a homer off the bench Friday against the Yankees.

Perkins, 26, went unpicked in December's Rule 5 draft after hitting .292/.329/.419 with eight homers and 11 steals in 408 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season. He's more of a solid Triple-A player than a legitimate prospect, but he has the contact ability to perhaps be of use as a pinch-hitter. The Phillies won't carry him out of spring training, though, and it's hard to see how he has a future in the organization, given the likelihood of a Nick Williams-Roman Quinn-Dylan Cozens outfield in Triple-A this year.
Feb 24 - 3:53 PM

Dylan Cozens had a two-run homer and a two-run single as the Phillies topped the University of Tampa 6-0 on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Cozens is coming off a huge season in Double-A, in which he hit 40 homers and drove in 125 runs. There's still plenty of skepticism about him as a prospect, largely because he struck out 32 percent of the time last year, but he'll be one to watch in Triple-A this year. Between injuries and trade possibilities, the Phillies could have a corner outfield spot open at some point come July or August.
Feb 23 - 4:00 PM

Roman Quinn went 2-for-3 with a homer and a steal against the University of Tampa on Thursday.

Quinn seemed a lot more interesting for fantasy purposes six months ago, before the Phillies committed to Odubel Herrera going forward and brought in Michael Saunders and Howie Kendrick for the outfield corners. Quinn needs some Triple-A time anyway, so that he's been blocked for now isn't a big problem. Still, center field is now spoken for in Philly and it doesn't seem all that likely that Quinn will have the bat to be a regular in a corner.
Feb 23 - 3:58 PM

Victor Arano was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Arano received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will require at least four weeks of rest. He'll try to rehab the injury for now, but Tommy John surgery could be a possibility if he doesn't see improvement. The 22-year-old posted a 2.26 ERA and 95/19 K/BB ratio over 79 2/3 innings between High-A and Double-A last season.
Feb 22 - 12:02 PM

Jake Thompson (wrist) threw a bullpen session indoors on Wednesday.

Thompson entered camp with right wrist soreness, but it shouldn't take him long to catch up to the other pitchers. The 23-year-old made 10 starts as a rookie last season while putting up a 5.70 ERA. Barring an injury, he's likely to see more time in the minors to begin 2017.
Feb 22 - 11:37 AM

Zach Eflin (knee) threw a successful bullpen session on Monday in Phillies camp.

Eflin tossed 40-45 pitches and felt great. He had to be scratched from a live batting practice session last Friday due to knee soreness, but it was called "very mild" at the time and he seems to be over it already. The talented 22-year-old right-hander is competing for a spot in the Philadelphia rotation this spring.
Feb 20 - 12:51 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday that he would consider Adam Morgan and Alec Asher options to pitch out of the bullpen if they don't crack the Opening Day rotation.

Barring injury, the rotation appears to be set with Jeremy Hellickson, Clay Buchholz, Jerad Eickhoff, Vince Velasquez and Aaron Nola, which means that the only options for guys like Morgan and Asher are to pitch out of the pen or in the rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Morgan appeared in 23 games (21 starts) for the Phillies in 2016, registering a 6.04 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 95/29 K/BB ratio across 113 1/3 innings.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 19 - 4:41 PM

Zach Eflin (knee) is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session on Monday.

Eflin was scratched from throwing a live batting practice session on Friday due to "very mild" knee soreness. The young right-hander has dealt with chronic tendinitis in both of his knees and had surgery on each last fall in an effort to correct the issue. It doesn't sound like a major setback at this stage, but it's worth keeping an eye on this spring.
Feb 18 - 8:35 AM

Freddy Galvis (groin) is participating in workouts fully.

Galvis had to pull out of playing for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic due to groin tightness, but he's expected to be fine. "Freddy looks good," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "We’re just being cautious."
Source: CSN Philly
Feb 17 - 5:46 PM

Zach Eflin didn't throw live batting practice as hoped Friday due to "very mild" knee soreness, according to Phillies manager Pete Mackanin.

Eflin has dealt with chronic tendinitis in both knees for years, and he had the problem addresses with surgeries on both knees last fall. He said he felt "great" when he reported to camp, but the righty has encountered his first setback. It could be minor, but it's obviously something to monitor.
Source: CSN Philly
Feb 17 - 5:44 PM

Cesar Hernandez told reporters Thursday that he wants to steal 30-40 bases in 2017.

Hernandez went 17-for-30 in stolen base attempts last season while slashing .294/.371/.393 over 622 plate appearances. 30-40 steals sounds like a real reach, but 25 might be doable if he really puts his mind to it. The 26-year-old second baseman added 15 pounds of muscle over the winter to help his durability.
Feb 16 - 9:16 AM

Aaron Nola (elbow) threw his first official bullpen session of the spring on Wednesday.

Nola was shut down early last season with a right elbow sprain, but he's feeling 100 percent this spring after going through rest and rehab. Obviously the real test will be game action, but the Phillies like what they see so far. "We're cautiously optimistic," said Phillies manager Pete Mackanin. "He feels great. He feels like he's 100 percent and he looks like he's 100 percent. The test for him is going to be during the course of the season, if he holds up. I'm hoping he does. We know how good he can be." Nola could prove to be a major fantasy bargain if he gets back to where he was early last season.
Feb 15 - 3:04 PM

Phillies prospect right-hander Victor Arano will undergo tests on his elbow.

Arano has been dealing with elbow tenderness and inflammation since the Arizona Fall League, so he's getting it checked out. The 22-year-old posted a 2.26 ERA and 95/19 K/BB ratio over 79 2/3 innings between High-A and Double-A last season. He's a promising relief prospect.
Feb 15 - 10:45 AM

Michael Saunders will not play for Canada in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Saunders was previously expected to play for Canada, but now he'd prefer to be in camp with his new team. The 30-year-old projects to be the primary right fielder for Philadelphia.
Feb 15 - 10:34 AM

Brock Stassi will see time in the outfield during spring training.

That's in addition to his usual position of first base. Stassi, 27, batted .267/.369/.437 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI over 117 games last season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He hits from the left side of the plate and could have a legitimate shot to win a spot on Philadelphia's bench.
Feb 15 - 9:16 AM


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