Player News - Phillies

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Odubel Herrera clubbed his third home run of the season in a losing effort against the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon.

Herrera's two-run blast off of Grant Dayton pulled the Phillies to within two runs in the ninth, but that would be as close as they'd get. Herrera, who didn't start in this one, finished the day 1-for-2 and is now hitting .262/.340/.417 with three homers and nine RBI through the first month of the season.
Apr 30 - 7:20 PM

Nick Pivetta limited the damage in his major league debut against the Dodgers on Sunday, allowing two runs on nine hits over his five innings of work.

The rookie right-hander walked one and punched out five on the afternoon. While he allowed a lot of hard contact, he was able to work his way out of trouble in several instances and did enough to keep his team in the game. He's likely heading back to Triple-A after the game, but should get another opportunity the next time the Phillies need a spot starter.
Apr 30 - 7:18 PM

Odubel Herrera is not in the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

He's getting a day off with the Dodgers throwing lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu. Aaron Altherr is in center field, while Daniel Nava is in left field.
Apr 30 - 1:30 PM

Phillies optioned RHP Luis Garcia to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

He's making room for Nick Pivetta, who will start Sunday. Garcia is being demoted in spite of five scoreless relief appearances this season.
Apr 30 - 12:49 PM

Howie Kendrick (oblique) worked out at first base during pre-game on Friday and Saturday.

Kendrick doesn't figure to become a regular at first base, but with Tommy Joseph struggling and Aaron Altherr hitting he could see some starts at first. The veteran is due to come off the disabled list in about a week.
Source: CSN Philly
Apr 30 - 12:35 PM

Aaron Nola felt continued soreness in his lower back following a bullpen session Friday.

The hope had been that Nola would be ready to return to the Phillies' rotation on Monday, but that obviously won't happen now. "After he completed it, he had some symptoms, some soreness or tightness, I guess," manager Pete Mackanin said. "It was decided he will not make his start on Monday. He will be reevaluated to determine his next bullpen. A couple of days ago he said he felt great and then [Friday] not so great. He's improving but he's not 100 percent. There's something bugging him. We're just going to take it day to day. We're being cautious with him this early in the season." With Nola's return date looking uncertain, Nick Pivetta could be in the Philly rotation for a while.
Source: CSN Philly
Apr 30 - 12:27 PM

Phillies recalled RHP Nick Pivetta from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Pivetta will make his major league debut on Sunday against the Dodgers and could make additional starts depending on how Aaron Nola's (back) recovery goes. Fantasy owners can pass on Pivetta.
Apr 30 - 11:56 AM

Andrew Knapp went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's road game against the Dodgers.

Knapp, a California native, was pumped for this start back in the Golden State. He delivered his first Major League homer with a career-high three hits to push his batting average to .304. Knapp won the backup gig behind Cameron Rupp in the spring and he has done nothing to change management's mind. However, he is only worth a look as a low-end No. 2 receiver in deeper NL-only play unless Rupp does down with a long-term injury at some point.
Apr 30 - 2:06 AM

Zach Eflin allowed two earned runs, four hits and no walks with four strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision Saturday at L.A. Dodgers.

Eflin threw 68 of his 103 pitches for strikes and he deserved a better fate. Fantasy owners can send their hate mail to closer Hector Neris, as he served up three consecutive homers en route to a blown save to cost Eflin a victory. Eflin is expected to make his next scheduled start Thursday at Chicago Cubs.
Apr 30 - 2:02 AM

Hector Neris allowed four earned runs while recording just one out Saturday at L.A. Dodgers, blowing his first save chance of the season.

Neris served up back-to-back-to-back homers to Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner, blowing what looked to be an easy save chance. He had converted each of his three save chances, but he has been anything but rock solid. Neris has been dinged for at least one run in four of his past five appearances. It might just be a matter of time before management forces skipper Pete Mackanin to pull the plug on Neris and use Joaquin Benoit for ninth-inning duties.
Apr 30 - 1:57 AM

Jerad Eickhoff gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Dodgers.

Eickhoff entered this once with a nice 25/9 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings, but he struck out three and walked three in this one. Fortunately, just one of the nine hits he allowed went for extra bases, or the game could have gotten out of hand. Eickhoff is now 0-2 with a 3.56 ERA.
Apr 29 - 3:03 AM

Tommy Joseph finished 0-for-4 in Friday's loss, dropping his average to .190.

Joseph has just three extra-base hits and an 18/4 K/BB ratio in his 63 at-bats, opening the door for Brock Stassi to claim more time at first base. Stassi doesn't match Joseph's offensive upside, but he does offer the superior glove.
Apr 29 - 3:00 AM

Jeremy Hellickson limited the Marlins to one run over six innings Thursday to improve to 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA.

He struck out one in this one, and he's fanned only 11 batters in five starts total, though it obviously hasn't hurt him. He's also given up just two homers in 30 innings so far, even though his flyball rate was higher than usual entering today. We still wouldn't trust him as a mixed-league starting pitcher.
Apr 27 - 4:54 PM

Hector Neris needed just seven pitches to pick up his third save of the year Thursday against the Marlins.

Six of those were strikes. Neris protected a 2-1 lead after Joaquin Benoit set him up in the eighth. The Phillies' front office wanted Benoit getting these saves, but Pete Mackanin has gotten his way so far. While no one has named Neris the closer, it's clear he's Mackanin's choice.
Apr 27 - 4:51 PM

Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford went 1-for-4 on Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

That hit saw Crawford's average rise to .100. Yikes. There are only two positives to take away from this start: He's still drawing walks (nine in 17 games) and it's still just April. Those positives aside, this is a borderline disastrous start for one of the top prospects in baseball.
Apr 27 - 2:17 PM


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