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Phillies manager Pete Mackanin confirmed that Odubel Herrera was pulled from Monday's game against the Tigers for lack of hustle.

Herrera didn't run out a ball to the pitcher in the seventh inning and Mackanin said that he "didn't like it." Fortunately, his exit wasn't injury-related, but Mackanin wanted to teach a lesson to the dynamic 24-year-old.
May 23 - 10:51 PM

Vincent Velasquez was knocked around for three runs on nine hits and two walks over just four frames in Monday's loss to the Tigers.

Velasquez pitched out of trouble a couple times, including a bases-loaded situation in the first inning. However, the Tigers took him deep three times, knocking him out of the game with back-to-back blasts by J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera to lead off the fifth. Velasquez has flashed his enormous upside this season but has also mixed in some clunkers, which isn't a surprise for a 23-year-old with limited big league experience. He'll get the Cubs this weekend.
May 23 - 10:42 PM

Tommy Joseph doubled and ripped a solo homer in Monday's loss to the Tigers.

Joseph's dinger in the sixth inning tied the game before the Tigers went back ahead for good the next inning. Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 with a couple strikeouts in the same game, and you've got to wonder how long it will be before the Phillies give Joseph a shot as their everyday first baseman.
May 23 - 10:32 PM

Odubel Herrera left Monday's game against the Tigers in the seventh inning for an undisclosed reason.

It appears that Phillies manager Pete Mackanin might have pulled him for not hustling on a ground out to the pitcher. Herrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI single before exiting.
May 23 - 9:48 PM

Phillies signed OF Osmel Aguila to a minor league contract.

Aguila will report to extended spring training before joining a minor league affiliate. The 27-year-old was a .280/.384/.447 hitter in Cuba's Serie Nacional.
May 23 - 5:55 PM

Cameron Rupp went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Braves.

Rupp connected for his solo shot against Braves starter Casey Kelly in the second inning. He has himself a baby five-game hitting streak working and has five hits over his last eight at-bats. The 27-year-old backstop owns a just-fine .274/.296/.432 triple-slash with nine doubles, two homers and 10 RBI across 95 at-bats.
May 22 - 6:09 PM

Jerad Eickhoff was a man possessed in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Braves, firing seven scoreless innings.

Eickhoff scattered five hits, walked one and struck out three on the afternoon. He finished his seven innings having thrown just 85 pitches (57 strikes). For the season, this was his third outing of seven innings and his second of seven shutout innings. He will carry a 3.86 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 43/11 K/BB ratio (53 2/3 innings) into his next scheduled outing, a road showdown with the Cubbies.
May 22 - 6:00 PM

Ryan Howard is expected to be on the bench Sunday against right-hander Casey Kelly.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin plans to stick with Howard against righties for now despite his .161/.233/.381 batting line, but he'll give him a day off Sunday. If Howard's struggles continue, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Phils eventually give Tommy Joseph everyday at-bats at first base. "I might give Joseph a start [Sunday] just to clear Howie's head just a little bit," Mackanin said. "Then when we go to Detroit, we have the DH, so both of them can play, and we will go from there."
May 22 - 9:43 AM

Adam Morgan registered a quality start Saturday, allowing two runs over six innings in a loss to the Braves.

Morgan gave up just four hits and two walks on the afternoon, with a fateful fourth inning accounting for all the damage against him. Even though he was saddled with the loss, it was a good showing after he was knocked around by the Reds his last time out. The southpaw dropped to 1-2 with a 5.61 ERA and 1.40 WHIP through five starts, and things don't get much easier Friday when Morgan draws the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
May 21 - 6:08 PM

Odubel Herrera (back) returned to the Phillies lineup on Friday, going 0-for-3 with a walk in a losing effort.

Herrera sat out Wednesday's game due to discomfort in his back, but it appears to be a minor issue. He's off to a terrific start this season, slashing .327/.438/.449 with four long balls and six stolen bases.
May 21 - 10:10 AM

Aaron Nola took the loss Friday against the Braves after giving up five runs (two earned) over seven innings.

An error by Maikel Franco in the seventh inning opened the door for three runs to cross the plate. Nola gave up seven hits (including a pair of home runs) and a pair of walks while striking out six batters. The loss dropped him to 3-3 on the year, but he still owns an excellent 2.85 ERA and 64/11 K/BB ratio in 60 innings through nine starts. He has gone seven innings in seven of them.
May 20 - 10:49 PM

The Phillies have promoted shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Crawford earned the promotion after batting .265/.398/.390 with three homers and five stolen bases over 166 plate appearances at Double-A Reading. The top prospect should make his major league debut at some point this season, although the Phillies obviously have no reason to rush the 21-year-old.
May 20 - 10:42 AM

Jeanmar Gomez nailed down his 16th save of the season Wednesday in the Phillies' 4-2 defeat of the Marlins.

Gomez retired all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning, striking out Giancarlo Stanton to end it. Gomez leads the major leagues in saves (by a three-save margin) and the Phillies can take over sole possession of first place in the National League East if Washington loses Wednesday night. What in the world is going on?
May 18 - 3:54 PM

Jeremy Hellickson limited the Marlins to two runs over six innings Wednesday for his fourth win.

Hellickson gave up two runs in the top of the first inning but settled in from there, yielding only five total hits and issuing just one walk over his six solid frames. He struck out four. Hellickson, 29, now stands 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 50/13 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings this season for the surprising Phils. He will take on the Tigers next in a road start at Comerica Park.
May 18 - 3:45 PM

Phillies activated RHP Michael Mariot from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Mariot is recovered from the ankle sprain he suffered late in spring training, but the Phillies don't have a spot for him right now in their major league bullpen. The right-hander will get a look at some point.
May 18 - 1:34 PM


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