Player News - Phillies

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Vince Velasquez fanned nine but couldn’t get through the fifth on Tuesday, giving up two runs – one earned – over 4 1/3 frames in a loss to the Braves.

Failing to pitch deep into a game is nothing new for Velasquez, of course, although he had gone at least six his last two times out. A throwing error by Nick Williams led to an unearned run and the righty’s exit in the fifth. Velasquez now boasts a 64/19 K/BB ratio across 51 2/3 frames but also a 4.18 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He gets the Dodgers next.
May 22 - 11:33 PM

Rhys Hoskins went 0-for-4 with a couple strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Braves.

He wasn't the only one, as the Phillies managed just seven hits and one run against Brandon McCarthy and the Braves' bullpen. Hoskins homered over the weekend in St. Louis, but that's the only hit he's had in 19 at-bats over his last five games. He's still sporting a healthy .373 OBP, but his average is down to .237.
May 22 - 11:19 PM

Nick Pivetta blanked the Braves for seven innings in the Phillies' 3-0 victory Monday.

At this point, it seems safe to say that Pivetta has overtaken Punto as the best Nick P in Phillies history. He's 4-2 with a 3.53 ERA in 10 starts this year. His K:BB ratio is exactly 5:1 after he struck out seven and walked one tonight (60/12 K/BB in 53 IP).
May 21 - 10:09 PM

Hector Neris needed eight pitches to throw a perfect ninth and earn his ninth save Monday against the Braves.

Gabe Kapler is getting more creative with his pen, but he hasn't given up on Neris, who earned his first save since giving up three runs in blowing a game against the Mets 10 days ago. He's a subpar 9-for-12 in save chances this year, though he's given up runs in just four of his 20 appearances.
May 21 - 10:08 PM

Nick Williams went 2-for-4 and homered Monday in the victory over the Braves.

Williams got the start over Aaron Altherr in this one, but he didn't actually help his cause over Altherr, since Altherr hit a two-run homer in his lone at-bat off the bench. Those two homers accounted for all of the Phillies' scoring tonight. Williams has been performing better in limited action this month, going 10-for-32 with two homers. That's raised his OPS from .532 to .685.
May 21 - 10:03 PM

Maikel Franco went hitless in a third straight start Monday and is in a 3-for-30 slump.

Franco still has 29 RBI in 40 games this year, but his OPS is back down to .734 now after a strong first 10 days of May. Still, he shouldn't have to worry much about playing time as long as J.P. Crawford is out, and even with his slump, he still has 130 points of OPS over Scott Kingery.
May 21 - 10:01 PM

Roman Quinn will be sidelined 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery Monday to repair a torn ligament in his right middle finger.

Quinn has spent all of this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, batting .289/.340/.444 with two homers and 12 steals. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2016 and obviously won't be an option for the Phillies for a while.
May 21 - 7:04 PM

Pat Neshek (shoulder, forearm) made 30 flat-ground throws Monday.

It's his first time he's thrown in a few weeks after he was diagnosed with a right forearm strain. Neshek had already been dealing with a strained right shoulder. He'll continue throwing on flat ground for now and has a ways to go.
May 21 - 5:36 PM

Jerad Eickhoff (lat) felt a twinge in the tips of his right middle and index fingers when throwing curveballs during his latest rehab start.

Eickhoff has been out all season with a strained lat but now has a new ailment to deal with. He's being re-evaluated before the Phillies determine what his next step is. With Eickhoff likely out for a while longer, it gives Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez more leash in the rotation.
May 21 - 4:34 PM

Jorge Alfaro (knee) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return to action Sunday against the Cardinals.

Alfaro was limited to pinch-hitting duties on Saturday after banging his right knee during Friday's game, but fortunately it wasn't anything serious. The 24-year-old backstop is batting .255/.315/.382 with four homers and 10 RBI through 32 games this season.
May 21 - 8:56 AM

Rhys Hoskins hit his sixth home run of the year in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

A Jack Flaherty fastball caught a little too much of the plate -- one of the few mistakes the young righty made on the afternoon -- and Hoskins deposited it into the visiting bullpen in left field in the fourth inning. It was his only hit in four at-bats, and his sixth homer this year. The power hasn't been as prominent as it was during a cameo at the end of last year, but his on-base skills have helped keep him productive for the Phils. The 25-year-old is hitting .250/.389/.453 with 27 RBI and 25 runs scored through 44 games.
May 20 - 7:36 PM

Aaron Nola allowed four runs over six innings Sunday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Nola gave up seven hits and a walk in his six innings of work, snapping a five-start winning streak with the loss. To put it in contrast, he'd allowed just two runs in his previous three starts combined before letting in four Sunday. That speaks to how good he's been on the whole through 10 starts, owning a 2.37 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 57/14 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings. He'll try to get a new streak going Saturday against the Blue Jays.
May 20 - 7:25 PM

Seranthony Dominguez nailed down his first major league save by retiring all six batters he faced in Saturday's win over the Cardinals.

Dominguez breezed through the eighth inning and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler decided to send him back out for the ninth to protect a one-run lead, which he was able to do when he got Matt Carpenter to fly out to the warning track to end it. The young fireballer probably has the best stuff in the Phils' bullpen and now looks firmly in the mix for saves, although it's hard to trust Kapler to use him or anyone else regularly in save opportunities at this point.
May 20 - 11:07 AM

Odubel Herrera hit a two-run home run and drove in three runs to help the Phillies edge the Cardinals 7-6 on Saturday.

Herrera extended the Phillies' lead, and ensured he'd reach base in his 45th-straight game, with a two-run jack in the third inning. The homer was his seventh of the year, giving him 30 RBI and 24 runs scored. His line is robust, as one would expect from a guy who's reached base in 45 straight games dating back to last year, sitting at .353/.420/.558 after Saturday's game.
May 19 - 8:20 PM

Scott Kingery had an RBI triple and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Cardinals.

Kingery's run-scoring triple in the eighth inning tied the game, and he came in to score the winning run later in the frame. The 24-year-old generated a lot of buzz with a big spring, breaking camp with the club, but he's found the MLB game less friendly. Through Saturday, Kingery is hitting .219/.268/.344 in 39 games.
May 19 - 8:12 PM


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