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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the "word for now seems to be that it's unlikely" Cole Hamels would approve a trade to the Astros.

Heyman says that Houston "would love" the southpaw, but "there still is no reason to believe its feeling is reciprocated by Hamels." The left-hander could always change his mind, of course, and it also might wind up being a moot point if another teams offers a better trade package. The Astros certainly appear to be in the market for a big arm this month.
Jul 3 - 9:01 AM

Cody Asche belted his fourth home run of the season in a losing effort against the Brewers on Thursday.

Now serving as the Phillies' primary left fielder, Asche had himself quite a night at the dish, going 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI, and he also drew a walk. For the season, he's slashing .254/.289/.362 with four long balls and 11 RBI.
Jul 2 - 10:46 PM

Chad Billingsley was hit hard in his return to the Phillies starting rotation on Thursday, allowing six runs on 10 hits over his five innings of work.

The veteran right-hander walked three and struck out one on the evening. The Brewers jumped on him early and often in this one, pushing three runs across in the first inning and never looking back. While Billingsley has been awful this season, as evidenced by his 7.71 ERA and 8/6 K/BB ratio in 21 innings, the Phillies don't have any better options so he'll get the ball again on Tuesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Jul 2 - 10:43 PM

Phillies activated RHP Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list.

He'll take Aaron Harang's spot in the starting rotation. If Billingsley wins Thursday against Milwaukee, it will be his first victory in the majors since April 10, 2013. He went 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA during a three-game rehab stint with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Jul 2 - 1:46 PM

Phillies placed RHP Aaron Harang on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis.

This has "phantom injury" written all over it. Harang has imploded over his last eight starts, losing all eight with a 6.94 ERA. His outing Wednesday against the Brewers may have been his worst yet. He scattered 14 hits and eight runs over five brutal innings. The Phillies activated Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list in the corresponding roster move.
Jul 2 - 1:42 PM

Aaron Harang was torched in a loss on Wednesday, allowing eight runs in five innings versus the Brewers.

Harang gave up 14 hits, which included four doubles and a two-run Adam Lind home run. The right-hander had a great first two months of the season, but fell back to earth in June and it is continuing in July. Over his last six starts, Harang has an 8.55 ERA. Overall, he carries a 4.08 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP and a 73/27 K/BB ratio in 106 innings. He'll try to rebound in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
Jul 1 - 10:16 PM

Maikel Franco doubled three times, walked, and knocked in a pair of runs in five plate appearances in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers.

Franco hit RBI doubles in the seventh and ninth innings, but the Phillies' pitching staff put the game too far out of reach for the third baseman's effort to matter. Franco hasn't slowed down since his promotion in May, batting .305/.349/.557 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI.
Jul 1 - 10:11 PM

Cole Hamels pitched effectively against the Brewers, giving up only two runs in seven innings, but was left with a no-decision in Tuesday's loss.

Both runs scored in the first inning on Aramis Ramirez's two-out, two-run single. Hamels was solid the rest of the way, giving up only five hits and a walk overall while striking out seven. The lefty owns a 3.22 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and a 113/35 K/BB ratio over 106 1/3 innings. Hamels will make an afternoon start in Atlanta next.
Jun 30 - 11:58 PM

Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said Tuesday that he "would like to think that Cesar (Hernandez) has proven that he deserves a chance to be the everyday second baseman."

Hernandez, 25, entered Tuesday batting .277/.365/.365 on the season and .328/.394/.406 in June. Chase Utley, meanwhile, is on the disabled list with an ankle injury and sports an ugly .179/.257/.275 line this season. It's hard to believe the Phils would bench Utley even given his struggles, and Mackanin did note that he didn't "want to get ahead of myself." However, if Hernandez keeps performing, it's possible. Notable is that the Phillies have a $15 million club option for 2016 on Utley that automatically vests if he reaches 500 plate appearances.
Jun 30 - 8:31 PM

Sean O'Sullivan didn't have anything working in a loss to the Brewers on Monday, surrendering six runs on 12 hits in five innings.

O'Sullivan limited the Brewers to only three runs through five innings, but things fell apart in the sixth inning when he allowed four straight hits before departing. Justin De Fratus came in and allowed two more hits before plugging the leaky ship. Along with the 12 hits, O'Sullivan walked one and struck out three. His ERA moves up to 5.76 with a 1.58 WHIP and a 33/18 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings. Not that fantasy owners care, but he'll take the ball next in Atlanta to face the Braves this weekend.
Jun 29 - 10:54 PM

Cesar Hernandez's bat continued to stay hot as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run, and a stolen base in Monday's loss to the Brewers.

Fresh off a four-hit performance on Sunday, Hernandez logged his fifth multi-hit performance in seven games on Monday. He knocked in the Phillies' first run in the first inning with an infield single and later came around to score on a balk. Hernandez is batting .277/.365/.365 with 25 runs scored, 16 RBI, and seven stolen bases and is now getting regular at-bats while Chase Utley is sidelined. It's not known yet when Utley returns, so those in daily leagues might find utility in Hernandez as a cheap source of stolen bases.
Jun 29 - 10:49 PM

The Phillies will activate Chad Billingsley (lat) from the disabled list Thursday against the Brewers.

Lat and shoulder injuries have sidelined Billingsley for the last six weeks. He went 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA in three rehab starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. With Billingsley back in the rotation, left-hander Adam Morgan is likely headed to Triple-A.
Jun 29 - 1:07 PM

Jonathan Papelbon kept the Nationals off the board in the ninth inning to earn his 14th save as the Phillies won the second game of Sunday's doubleheader 8-5.

Papelbon got two quick outs, but Yunel Escobar kept hope alive with a single. Clint Robinson flied out to end the contest without any further damage. Papelbon had a shaky June and Sunday's save was only his third since May 21, but has otherwise been terrific. He's perfect in 14 save chances overall with a 1.82 ERA and a 33/7 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. Papelbon's fantasy value will receive a nice bump if he is traded to a contending team.
Jun 28 - 9:50 PM

Severino Gonzalez yielded four runs in 5 1/3 innings but got the win as the Phillies defeated the Nationals in the back end of Sunday's doubleheader.

Gonzalez wasn't stellar by any means, but the Phillies staked him to an 8-3 lead after four innings which made it hard to lose. He gave up six hits and a walk while striking out seven innings. With six starts under his belt, he has an 8.28 ERA with a 1.76 WHIP and a 25/5 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after the game, but will likely get the call once there's another opening due to scheduling issues, injuries, or a trade.
Jun 28 - 9:46 PM

Cesar Hernandez singled four times in as many at-bats, helping the Phillies in a win over the Nationals in the back end of Sunday's doubleheader.

It's the second four-hit game of Hernandez's career, with the other occuring on September 28, 2013. The Phillies, despite scoring eight runs, only brought him home once, at the end of their four-run second inning. Hernandez has been hitting well as of late, logging multi-hit efforts in three of his last five games. With Chase Utley on the shelf, he should be a regular in the lineup. He's hitting .271/.361/.361 in 163 plate appearances.
Jun 28 - 9:38 PM

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