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Jake Diekman was ejected from Saturday night's game against the Nationals.

Diekman pitched one inning, allowing two runs on one hit and one strikeout before being ejected. He has 61 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings this season but a 4.53 ERA.
Jul 12 - 11:17 PM

Domonic Brown was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Nationals with an illness.

It's not clear whether he'll be able to return Sunday for the Phillies' final game before the All-Star break. Brown is batting just .225/.277/.328 with six home runs and 46 RBI in 90 games this season.
Jul 12 - 4:21 PM

Jimmy Rollins homered twice and knocked in three runs in a 6-2 win over the Nationals on Friday night.

Rollins connected for a two-run shot off Jordan Zimmermann in the third inning and later added a solo blast against Craig Stammen in the seventh. It was his first multi-hit homer game since August 1, 2012, also against the Nationals. While the 35-year-old has seen his batting average drop off in a big way since the start of the season, he's now up to 11 home runs on the year. He hit just six of them in 160 games last year.
Jul 11 - 10:19 PM

A.J. Burnett improved to 6-8 after holding the Nationals to two runs over 7 2/3 innings on Friday night.

Burnett gave up five hits (including a solo homer to Bryce Harper) and four walks while striking out six. The final run scored after he was replaced by Ken Giles in the eighth. The veteran right-hander has seven straight quality starts to his credit and will complete the first half with a 3.83 ERA and 108/57 K/BB ratio over 131 2/3 innings of work. He could find a new home via trade shortly after the All-Star break.
Jul 11 - 10:19 PM

Grady Sizemore went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored in his Phillies' debut on Friday against the Nationals.

Sizemore, who signed a minor league deal with the Phillies last month, batted leadoff and played center field in his debut. He's expected to play a few times a week, likely filling in at all three outfield positions. The 31-year-old hit just .216 with a .612 OPS before the Red Sox cut him loose, so we aren't expecting much at this point, but he could be worth a flier in NL-only formats.
Jul 11 - 10:18 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners recently scouted Marlon Byrd.

The M's are in the market for a right-handed power bat, and Byrd certainly fits the profile. The 36-year-old has slugged 18 homers and driven in 52 runs this season while sporting a .261/.313/.481 batting line. He's in the first year of a two-year, $16 million contract with the Phillies. CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury has reported that the Mariners (along with the Royals, Blue Jays and Rays) are on Byrd's no-trade list. However, The Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton says that Byrd has indicated a willingness to waive the no-trade clause to go to a contender.
Jul 11 - 11:26 AM

Jonathan Papelbon said Wednesday that it would be a "no-brainer" to waiver his no-trade clause in order to be dealt to a contender.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said that Papelbon has "never expressed to me that he's been unhappy," but he's not surprised the closer is willing to be dealt. "Why wouldn't players want to play on a contending team?" the GM added. "It's really rather simple." Papelbon is owed about $19 million through the end of next season and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016, so the Phils will surely have to eat some money in order to make a trade happen. However, Papelbon probably does look attractive to a contender with a 1.24 ERA and 22 saves in 24 opportunities.
Jul 11 - 9:28 AM

Phillies transferred LHP Cliff Lee from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

It's a paper move, as Lee will be eligible to return on July 18 and is slated to rejoin the Phillies' rotation on July 19. The veteran left-hander allowed three earned runs over four innings Wednesday at High-A Clearwater in his second rehab start. He'll make one more rehab appearance before returning.
Jul 10 - 8:48 PM

Phillies optioned RHP David Buchanan to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Cliff Lee (elbow) will be ready to rejoin the rotation after the All-Star break, so Buchanan's time in the Phillies' rotation is over. He put up a 4.40 ERA but did go out with a bang, tossing seven innings of one-run ball Thursday.
Jul 10 - 8:46 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of OF Grady Sizemore from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

They had to prior to the All-Star break or Sizemore was likely to opt out of his contract. The 31-year-old batted .289/.360/.378 with one homer over 10 games for Lehigh Valley to earn the promotion. He hit only .216/.288/.324 for the Red Sox before being released, however, and is no safe bet to turn it around in Philly. Sizemore also isn't guaranteed regular playing time.
Jul 10 - 8:41 PM

David Buchanan limited the Brewers to one run over seven innings Thursday in the Phillies' 9-1 victory.

The Brewers were up 1-0 when Buchanan's afternoon came to an end, but they ended up scoring seven times in the top of the eighth and twice more in the ninth to make it look like a laugher. Buchanan moved to 5-5 with a 4.40 ERA. He's done a better job than expected of keeping the Phillies in games, but we'd still have a hard time trusting him in NL-only leagues.
Jul 10 - 5:47 PM

Ben Revere pinch-ran Thursday and then stayed in to single in his lone at-bat.

Revere is bothered by soreness in the right ankle he originally injured last year. He might start tomorrow anyway. Tony Gwynn Jr. went 0-for-5 as the Phillies' center fielder today.
Jul 10 - 5:43 PM

Ryan Howard had an RBI double and a two-run homer Thursday against the Brewers.

Both hits came off left-handed relievers. The homer came off the league's worst pitcher in Rule 5 pick Wei-Chung Wang, a guy who really should be in A-ball at the moment, but the double was off an excellent southpaw in Will Smith. Howard entered the day with no homers and just two RBI in his previous 20 games.
Jul 10 - 5:41 PM

Cliff Lee (elbow) allowed three earned runs over four innings Wednesday at High-A Clearwater.

Lee needed just 32 pitches to get through the first three frames, fanning two and inducing six groundouts. He then got knocked around in the fourth inning, but some of the blame goes to the High-A Clearwater defenders. The veteran left-hander is on track to return from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break. He has been out since mid-May because of a left elbow strain.
Jul 10 - 10:42 AM

Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford went 1-for-5 with a strikeout for High-A Clearwater.

Crawford has hit .234/.306/.364 with one double and three home runs over 19 games since his promotion. His walk rate has dropped from 13.9 percent in Lakewood to 10.0 percent in Clearwater, and his strikeout rate has spiked from 13.9 to 23.8 percent. Crawford is one of the youngest players in the league, but it would be good to see progress in those departments before the end of the season. Perhaps more troubling, his fielding percentage has dropped as well, and his offensive struggles could be impacting his fielding, or vice versa.
Jul 10 - 8:58 AM


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