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Chad Billingsley will travel to Los Angeles to have his elbow examined next week.

This has all the makings of a season-ending injury. Billingsley has had trouble staying on the field his entire career. He's made just nine starts since 2013 and another Tommy John surgery could put his career in jeopardy. The Phillies knew they were rolling the dice when they signed Billingsley last offseason. Fortunately for Philadelphia, it was only a one-year commitment.
Aug 1 - 11:17 PM

Aaron Nola scattered five hits and two runs over five innings Saturday in a victory over the Braves.

He struck out three without surrendering a walk. The 22-year-old has allowed a home run in each of his three starts this year, though opponents are still hitting just .211 against him in 71 at-bats. Nola will try for his third win of the season Friday at San Diego.
Aug 1 - 10:19 PM

Ryan Howard led the Phillies with three hits Saturday in a blowout win over the Braves.

Howard contributed an RBI single during the Phillies' four-run fourth inning. The former MVP is hitting a robust .313 since the All-Star break. He leads Philadelphia in home runs (18), RBI (60) and strikeouts (101) this season. Despite winning eight of their last nine, the Phillies remain 14 and a half games behind first-place Washington in the NL East.
Aug 1 - 10:14 PM

Matt Harrison has been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism.

The illness might explain Harrison's recent weight loss and lack of velocity. Harrison has only made nine starts over the last three seasons including three this year. He was shipped to Philadelphia Wednesday as part of the Cole Hamels trade. There's no timetable for his return.
Aug 1 - 7:03 PM

Phillies recalled OF Jordan Danks from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The 28-year-old outfielder was hitting .245/.305/.335 with three homers and 33 RBI in 94 games at Triple-A. He'll function as a reserve outfielder and left-handed bat off the bench for the Phillies.
Aug 1 - 9:50 AM

Domonic Brown homered for the second consecutive game as the Phillies topped the Braves 9-3 on Friday.

Brown belted his first long ball of the season on Thursday and felt so good that he decided to repeat the effort on Friday night. It's the first time that he has homered in consecutive contests since early June 2013 when he clobbered 11 in a span of 15 ballgames. He finished the night 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and also swiped his third base of the season.
Jul 31 - 10:35 PM

David Buchanan picked up his second victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Braves to three runs on eight hits over 7 1/3 innings.

He punched out four and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. Buchanan held the Braves scoreless through the first six innings in his return to the big leagues but seemed to tire late. He has a golden opportunity to lock down a spot in the Phillies rotation for the remainder of the season and will look to further improve upon his 6.44 ERA when he takes on the Dodgers on Thursday.
Jul 31 - 10:32 PM

Phillies placed LHP Matt Harrison on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation.

Harrison didn't look right in his three starts since returning from the disabled list, so the Phillies will play it cautiously and shut him down until he's fully healthy. There is no clear timetable for his return to the mound.
Jul 31 - 8:07 PM

Phillies recalled RHP Dalier Hinojosa from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Dalier Hinojosa has spent almost all season at Triple-A, posting a 3.02 ERA while striking out a batter per inning. He'll be used in middle relief.
Jul 31 - 4:17 PM

Phillies recalled RHP David Buchanan from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

He'll start on Friday against the Braves. Buchanan holds a 7.00 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 19/18 K/BB ratio over 36 innings in seven starts for the Phillies this season.
Jul 31 - 4:15 PM

Phillies acquired RHP Alberto Tirado and RHP Jimmy Cordero from the Blue Jays for OF Ben Revere.

The Phillies are getting a couple of really hard throwers here, but both are strictly bullpen guys. Tirado has a 3.23 ERA and a 61/35 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings as an A-ball reliever. Cordero has a 2.70 ERA in 50 innings of relief between high-A and Double-A. Tirado has the better chance of developing into a late-game guy in time.
Jul 31 - 3:57 PM

Phillies acquired C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Jake Thompson, OF Nick Williams, RHP Alec Asher, LHP Matt Harrison and RHP Jerad Eickhoff from the Rangers for LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Jake Diekman and cash.

Alfaro won't necessarily be the best player the Phillies are getting here, but he likely was their top priority, what with Carlos Ruiz's career winding down and no other potential starting catcher in the organization. Alfaro is on the shelf now with an ankle injury and might not be back this year, but he offers quite a bit of offensive potential and plenty of tools behind the plate. His skills haven't made him a major league-quality receiver yet, but he still should get there in time. It'd probably be for the best if he's not needed until 2017, giving him a full year in Triple-A next season.
Jul 31 - 12:23 PM

Rangers prospect Jake Thompson was traded to the Phillies in an eight-player deal.

Thompson was a pretty good prospect when the Rangers got him from the Tigers in the Joakim Soria deal last summer, but his stock soared when he excelled in Double-A after the deal. This year, he's been in more of a holding pattern, amassing a 4.72 ERA and a 78/30 K/BB ratio in 87 2/3 innings back in Double-A. He's just 21 and he has the arm of a possible No. 2 starter if he stays healthy, but he's no longer moving as quickly as it looked like he might a year ago.
Jul 31 - 12:16 PM

Outfielder Nick Williams was traded from the Rangers to the Phillies in the Cole Hamels trade.

This isn't the first year that Williams has put up numbers, but it's the first time he's done so while showing a modicum of plate discipline. He's gone from posting a 110/15 K/BB ratio in 95 games in 2013 and a 140/22 K/BB ratio in 112 games last year to coming in at 77/32 through 97 games this year. He's also hitting .299/.357/.479 with 13 homers and 10 steals in Double-A. If he keeps improving, he could take over as the Phillies' left fielder next summer.
Jul 31 - 12:13 PM

RHP Alec Asher was sent from Texas to Philadelphia in the Cole Hamels deal.

The 23-year-old Asher is 4-10 with a 4.43 ERA and a 97/37 K/BB ratio in 107 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this year. He has the arm to excel in the majors, but hasn't yet come up with consistent enough secondary pitches to dominate minor league hitters. He's still a nice pickup by the Phillies here. Something might click with different coaching, and if it does, he could be one of the team's better starting pitchers come mid-2016.
Jul 31 - 12:09 PM

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