Player News - Phillies

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Jeremy Hellickson surrendered four runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Marlins.

Hellickson's horrible strikeout rate didn't hurt him in the early going, but it's taking a serious toll now; he ends May 1-3 with a 7.04 ERA after going 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in April. We wouldn't expect a big rebound.
May 29 - 11:56 PM

Michael Saunders went 0-for-4 against the Marlins on Monday, dropping his average to .226.

Now that Howie Kendrick is back, Saunders can no longer count on simply being penciled in against right-handers. He's hitting just .226/.270/.402 while also playing below average defense in the outfield. The Phillies would prefer he step it up and hopefully give himself some trade value in July, but Kendrick looks like the better player right now.
May 29 - 11:53 PM

Phillies activated INF/OF Howie Kendrick from the 10-day disabled list.

Kendrick ended up missing six weeks with an oblique strain. He'll start in left field and bat second in his return Monday, but will function in a roving utility role moving forward.
May 29 - 3:09 PM

Odubel Herrera is out of Monday's lineup against the Marlins.

The struggling outfielder will sit out Tuesday, as well, in order to clear his head. Aaron Altherr will make the start in center field.
May 29 - 3:07 PM

Daniel Nava (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Nava suffered a left hamstring strain last weekend, but it shouldn't be long before he rejoins the Phillies. The 34-year-old was batting .305/.425/.458 with two homers over 29 games prior to the injury.
May 29 - 10:06 AM

Phillies optioned RHP Zach Eflin to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Eflin was hammered for seven runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Reds and now owns a 6.13 ERA through eight starts this season. Nick Pivetta and Ben Lively are the most likely alternatives to take his spot in the rotation.
May 29 - 9:26 AM

Howie Kendrick is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday.

Where, or how much, he'll play upon his return remains up in the air. His injury allowed Aaron Altherr to seize a starting job in the Phillies' outfield and he has turned into perhaps their best hitter. Look for Kendrick to function in some sort of utility role.
May 28 - 5:02 PM

Zach Eflin fell to 0-3 on the season after yielding seven earned runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Reds.

Eflin surrendered nine hits, including four home runs, in the ugly home outing at Citizens Bank Park. He walked one and struck out three. The right-hander now owns a 6.13 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through eight starts in 2017.
May 28 - 4:39 PM

Hector Neris snared a win by tossing a scoreless ninth inning in Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Reds.

Neris was brought in to pitch the top of the ninth in a tie game. He issued one base-on-balls and struck out two batters. The Phillies scored a run in the bottom of the inning to credit Neris with his second win of the season. The Phillies' primary closer has four saves with a 3.09 ERA in 22 games. He has 24 strikeouts and six walks in 23 1/3 innings.
May 27 - 7:48 PM

Jerad Eickhoff allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings while taking a no-decision against the Reds on Saturday.

He gave up a two-run blast to Zack Cozart in the first inning, then kept the Reds off the board until the sixth inning when he allowed his third and final run. He surrendered eight hits and one walk while notching four strikeouts in the contest. Eickhoff has yet to win a game through 10 starts this season. He has five losses and a 4.74 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 57 innings. His fantasy owners should see better results in wins and ERA moving forward.
May 27 - 7:44 PM

Tommy Joseph hit a solo home run and delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Reds on Saturday.

His single to center field scored Aaron Altherr with the winning run in dramatic fashion. He homered off veteran Bronson Arroyo earlier in the game. Joseph was brutally bad in the month of April but has turned his season around of late. For the season he is batting .255/.313/.476 with eight home runs and 24 RBI. That slash line is very close to the .257/.308/.505 line he yielded in his promising rookie campaign a year ago.
May 27 - 7:39 PM

Cesar Hernandez went 2-for-4 and smacked a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Reds.

His first-inning longball off starter Bronson Arroyo was the first of three solo dingers the Phillies would launch against Arroyo in the game. Hernandez has a .293 batting average with five home runs and 12 RBI. His 35 runs scored rank seventh in the majors.
May 27 - 7:32 PM

Cesar Hernandez (groin) returned to the Phillies' starting lineup on Saturday.

Hernandez sat out Friday's game due to a minor groin injury, but he's right back in there and atop the Phillies' lineup for Saturday's showdown against Bronson Arroyo and the Reds.
May 27 - 12:58 PM

Aaron Altherr went 1-for-3 with an RBI double as the Phillies fell to the Reds on Friday night in Philadelphia.

Altherr's run-scoring double got the Phillies on the board in the ninth inning. The 26-year-old has developed into one of the most potent bats in this Phillies' lineup, slashing .296/.389/.584 with eight homers and 26 RBI.
May 26 - 10:00 PM

Aaron Nola struggled in Friday's loss to the Reds, surrendering five runs on six hits over his six frames.

The right-hander walked two and struck out five on the night. Nola struggled to keep the ball in the yard in this one, with Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler each clubbing solo homers against him. Now 2-2 on the season, Nola will carry a 4.34 ERA and 1.38 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Marlins in Miami.
May 26 - 9:58 PM


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