Player News - Phillies

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Darnell Sweeney went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Saturday's win over the Padres.

Sweeney jumped on a Colin Rea offering in the second inning for his second homer of the season. A part of the Chase Utley deal, the 24-year-old is 3-for-13 with a pair of homers and three RBI in his first eight games with the Phillies. He hit .271/.332/.409 with nine homers and 32 steals over 116 Triple-A games and while he has yet to successfully steal a base at the major league level, his speed gives him some value in NL-only formats.
Aug 29 - 10:19 PM

Phillies optioned RHP Nefi Ogando to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Ogando was only in the majors for two games and did not make an appearance. The 26-year-old right-hander has a 3.05 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 51/30 K/BB ratio in 59 innings this season between Double-A and Triple-A.
Aug 29 - 10:19 PM

Adam Morgan pitched well enough for the win in Saturday's contest with the Padres, allowing two runs (none earned) on four hits over six innings.

Morgan struck out three without walking a batter. A Cameron Rupp fielding error in the fourth led to two runs, which did not count against the 25-year-old southpaw's 4.03 ERA. In addition to the earned run mark, he's also pitching to a 1.21 WHIP and 35/14 K/BB ratio across 67 innings. He'll take those numbers to Fenway for a dance with the Red Sox in his next scheduled start.
Aug 29 - 10:08 PM

Cameron Rupp homered and drove home four runs on Friday, leading the Phillies to a 7-1 victory over the Padres.

He got the Phillies on the board with an RBI ground out in the fourth inning, then capped off the scoring with a three-run blast off Odrisamer Despaigne in the eighth inning. Rupp finished the night 1-for-3 plus a walk and is now hitting .255/.316/.417 with seven homers and 23 RBI on the year.
Aug 28 - 10:22 PM

Aaron Nola was outstanding in Friday's victory over the Padres, scattering two hits and a pair of walks over seven innings of one-run ball.

Nola punched out six on the impressive evening. The only blemish on his night was a solo homer off the bat of Justin Upton in the fourth inning. It's the second straight brilliant outing for the young hurler who spun eight shutout innings against the Marlins his last time out. He'll look to further improve upon his 3.26 ERA and 1.07 WHIP when he takes on the Mets in New York on Wednesday.
Aug 28 - 10:19 PM

Phillies pitching prospect Alec Asher will be called up to make his major league debut on Sunday versus the Padres.

He's taking the rotation spot of Jerome Williams, who will head to the bullpen. Acquired last month from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels deal, Asher has put up a 3.97 ERA and 109/40 K/BB ratio over 133 2/3 frames between Double- and Triple-A. He has the ceiling of a mid-rotation starter.
Aug 28 - 4:08 PM

Phillies recalled RHP Nefi Ogando from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Ogando has put up a 3.05 ERA with 51 strikeouts over 59 relief innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. The 26-year-old will be making his major league debut when he gets into a game.
Aug 28 - 2:59 PM

Phillies placed LHP Elvis Araujo on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin.

Araujo suffered the injury during an appearance Thursday. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be sidelined.
Aug 28 - 2:57 PM

Phillies catching prospect Jorge Alfaro (ankle) made his return to game action by catching three innings with the Gulf Coast League Phillies on Thursday.

It's his first game since he suffered a significant ankle injury back in mid-June. Acquired from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade, Alfaro will likely play some fall and/or winter ball in order to make up for lost time. He should begin 2016 at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, with a major league debut likely later in the season.
Aug 28 - 10:06 AM

Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said Thursday that he plans to play Aaron Altherr more going forward.

All five of Altherr's starts to this point have come against left-handers, but Mackanin will start giving the 24-year-old starts versus righties, as well. The means less playing time for Cody Asche and/or Domonic Brown. "Possibly less. Not eliminating them, but less," Mackanin said. "We want to see [Altherr]. He had a heck of a good year in the minor leagues, and we like what we see." Altherr is an intriguing deep league option if he can find regular playing time. He hit .293/.367/.487 with 14 home runs, 67 RBI and 16 stolen bases between Double- and Triple-A this season and has a couple longballs in his first seven games with Philly.

Ken Giles pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings out of the pen for the Phillies on Thursday.

The Phillies asked for a lot out of Giles in a tie game, and they got it, though they went on to lose anyway. He could be unavailable Friday after throwing 30 pitches tonight, perhaps setting up a save chance for Jeanmar Gomez.
Aug 27 - 11:55 PM

Darin Ruf hit his sixth homer Thursday off the Mets' Jon Niese.

That's the good news. However, he also struck out three times as part of a 1-for-6 night. The last strikeout ended the game and came on one of the very worst swings of 2015, as he took a half-cut at a slider that started about a foot out of the strike zone and ended up about two feet away from his bat. That'll leave a longer lasting impression than the homer.
Aug 27 - 11:48 PM

Elvis Araujo was forced to leave Thursday's contest against the Mets with a strained left groin.

The left-hander faced just one batter, to whom he issued a walk, before the injury struck. The severity of the injury isn't yet known, but a trip to the disabled list could be in the cards.
Aug 27 - 11:24 PM

Jerad Eickhoff gave up four runs (three earned) over six innings, taking the loss Wednesday against the Mets.

The Mets jumped on Eickhoff for three runs in the first inning, sparked by a misplay in center field by Odubel Herrera, but the youngster rebounded with four straight scoreless innings. He gave up six hits and a walk while striking out six. Eickhoff has looked solid in his first two big league starts, carrying a 2.25 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP and an 11/2 K/BB ratio in 12 innings. He'll start against the Mets again next week at Citi Field.
Aug 26 - 10:46 PM

Cameron finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

Rupp hit a two-run double in the eighth inning as the Phillies attempted to erase a six-run deficit. Getting a majority of the starts behind home plate lately, the 26-year-old is riding a nine-game hitting streak. He's batting .254/.313/.402 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 208 plate appearances, emerging as the superior option -- both offensively and defensively -- over veteran Carlos Ruiz.
Aug 26 - 10:43 PM


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