Player News - Phillies

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Vince Velasquez surrendered four runs through 4 2/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

That ends a stretch of three straight quality starts. Velasquez gave up two homers tonight after allowing just one in his first four starts. He's really just a streaming option in mixed leagues at the moment.
Apr 24 - 11:12 PM

Jorge Alfaro went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Tuesday, lowering his average to .170.

One wonders if the Phillies will regret dumping Cameron Rupp with Alfaro (.484 OPS) and Andrew Knapp (.580 OPS) having combined for 39 strikeouts and 16 hits to date. Alfaro has big power and a big arm behind the plate, but he's still lacking as an all-around player. The Phillies are likely better off playing Knapp.
Apr 24 - 11:06 PM

Scott Kingery struck out all four times he was up Tuesday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

Kingery is in a 2-for-24 slump that's lowered his average to .216, and he has struck out 25 times in 82 plate appearances. The Phillies will keep looking to find starts for him, but he's not forcing them to play him right now.
Apr 24 - 11:03 PM

Odubel Herrera is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler is going right-handed heavy against southpaw Robbie Ray. Aaron Altherr will start in center field while Scott Kingery will play right. J.P. Crawford is also sitting Tuesday, with the switch-hitting Pedro Florimon getting the start at shortstop.

Trevor Plouffe will make a $1.5 million salary with the Phillies if he's called up to the majors.

The deal also includes incentives worth $150,000. Plouffe latched on with the Phillies on Monday after opting out of his minor league deal with the Rangers earlier this month. The 31-year-old struggled with the Athletics and Rays last season, but makes for useful depth at the Triple-A level.
Apr 24 - 12:31 PM

Phillies signed INF Trevor Plouffe to a minor league contract.

Plouffe opted out of his minor league deal with the Rangers earlier this month and needed just a couple weeks to catch on in another organization. The 31-year-old will provide organizational depth at the corner infield spots.
Apr 23 - 10:39 PM

Rhys Hoskins went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts on Sunday in an extra-innings win over the Pirates.

Hoskins hit was a single, and he also reached via walk. His line now sits at a sparkling .323/.483/.615. If you don't believe in Hoskins by now, you probably never will.
Apr 22 - 5:34 PM

Nick Pivetta pitched a strong 6 1/3 innings against the Pirates on Sunday, but earned a no decision.

Pivetta allowed just two runs in his six-plus innings, and was able to strike out seven. After struggling in his first start, Pivetta has been excellent, and his ERA is now down to 2.57 to go along with 28 strikeouts in as many innings. There just might be something here. The 25-year-old right-hander will look to keep this going against the Braves on Saturday.
Apr 22 - 5:29 PM

Aaron Altherr hit a walk-off single to give the Phillies a 3-2 victory over the Pirates on Sunday in 11 innings.

Altherr had two other hits in the game, but the big one was an RBI single off of Richard Rodriguez to give the Phillies the win, and a four-game sweep of the Pirates over the weekend. Altherr has gotten off to a slow start on his season, but he's shown flashes of late, and should soon his .157/.283/.333 line rise over the next few weeks.
Apr 22 - 5:23 PM

Phillies activated RHP Tommy Hunter from the 10-day disabled list.

Hunter has been out all season with a strained right hamstring, but he made a couple scoreless rehab appearances and is ready to roll. The veteran reliever will help set up.
Apr 22 - 10:04 AM

Maikel Franco is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

He is taking a seat in favor of Scott Kingery, who will handle the hot corner. Franco is batting only .194/.235/.226 over his last eight games.
Apr 22 - 9:48 AM

Phillies optioned LHP Hoby Milner to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Milner only allowed runs in two of his 10 appearances, but a poor showing his last time out against the Braves didn't help. The expectation is that Tommy Hunter will be promoted in his place, but an official move won't come until Sunday. Milner likely hasn't seen the last of Philadelphia this year.
Apr 21 - 8:05 PM

Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored in a 6-2 win over the Pirates on Saturday.

He belted a three-run jack off reliever Michael Feliz in the sixth inning and followed that with an RBI-single to right in the eighth frame. Hoskins broke into the league by hitting 18 dingers in his first 50 major league games last year. He is not quite matching that homer pace this year but his overall numbers are much better. He is slashing .328/.488/.639 with four homers, 19 RBI and 15 runs scored in 20 games. He's even pitched in three stolen bases already.
Apr 21 - 7:59 PM

Aaron Nola earned a win over the Pirates by holding them to two runs in seven innings while recording nine strikeouts on Saturday.

He gave up a solo homer to Sean Rodriguez leading off the first inning. The second run came on a fluke play when his defense let a routine pop-up fall in for an RBI single. Nola yielded six knocks and did not issue a free pass. The strikeouts were nice to see because his K rate was quite low entering the game compared to previous seasons. He improves to 2-1 with a sterling 2.30 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. Still just 24 years old, Nola could be developing into an ace before our eyes.
Apr 21 - 7:52 PM

Hector Neris closed out the game to earn a save against the Pirates on Saturday.

The Phillies brought him in to get the last out of the eighth inning and he stayed in to finish off the ninth as well. He's now saved four games in five chances. He has a 4.00 ERA with nine strikeouts in nine innings pitched.
Apr 21 - 7:44 PM


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