Player News - Phillies

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Zach Eflin (knees) began a throwing program on Wednesday.

Eflin had a patellar tendinopathy on both knees in August after dealing with pain in his knees he says since Little League. "All of a sudden to go out there and do what I love with no pain, It’s an unbelievable feeling," Eflin said. "I never thought that this day would come that I would be pain-free throwing. I thought that I would always go through it, that it was always something I could deal with it. I’m really, really excited to see what my body can handle when it’s healthy." Eflin will compete in spring training for a spot in the Phillies' rotation.
Dec 4 - 9:57 AM

Phillies non-tendered INF/OF Cody Asche.

Asche was designated for assignment earlier in the day on Friday, and unable to find a trade partner the Phillies cut bait with the utility man. The 26-year-old hit a disappointing .213/.284/.350 with four homers and 18 RBI in 218 plate appearances in 2016. There's enough talent here that another team may be willing to take a shot on him as a free agent.
Dec 2 - 9:18 PM

Phillies designated INF/OF Cody Asche for assignment.

Asche has shown flashes for the Phils but is a .240/.298/.385 hitter over parts of four seasons in the majors. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver claim David Rollins.
Dec 2 - 3:10 PM

Phillies claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Rangers.

Rollins has now been claimed off waivers three times in the last couple weeks. The lefty will compete for a spot in the Phillies' bullpen in spring training, assuming he's not designated for assignment before then.
Dec 2 - 3:07 PM

Phillies hired former Twins general manager Terry Ryan to serve as a special assignment scout.

Ryan turned in over 17 years (in two different stints) as Twins general manager prior to receiving the boot in 2015. The man who initially brought him into the fold in Minnesota back in the 1980's was Andy McPhail, who now serves as Phillies team president. In a statement, Phillies GM Matt Klentak said, "While we have made significant investments in our analytical endeavors over the past year. It is important to remember that quality talent evaluation is essential to making quality baseball decisions."
Nov 30 - 4:26 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that there is mutual interest between the Phillies and free agent catcher A.J. Ellis.

Stark says it would be a "catcher, leader, unofficial coach" type of role for the 35-year-old backstop, who was dealt from the Dodgers to the Phillies this past August for Carlos Ruiz. Ellis batted just .216/.301/.298 overall in 2016, though he did finish strong in his 35 plate appearances down the stretch with Philadelphia.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 29 - 7:22 PM

Cedric Hunter has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for amphetamine.

Hunter appeared in 13 games with the Phillies this past season and batted .294/.324/.433 with 10 homers and 53 RBI over 98 games at the Triple-A level. The 28-year-old is currently a free agent and will get a late start on the 2017 season wherever he lands.
Nov 23 - 3:14 PM

Phillies released RHP David Buchanan.

Buchanan was designated for assignment last week. The 27-year-old made 35 starts with the Phillies between 2014-2015 while putting up a 5.01 ERA, but he spent the entire 2016 season in the minors.
Nov 23 - 1:19 PM

Rangers claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Cubs.

Rollins was just claimed off waivers from the Mariners last week, but now he's on the move again. The 26-year-old lefty owns a 7.60 ERA over 31 appearances in the majors and will provide bullpen depth for his new team.
Nov 22 - 2:50 PM

Phillies designated RHP David Buchanan for assignment.

Buchanan put up a 5.01 over 35 starts for the Phillies from 2014-15 but spent all of 2016 in the minors. He seems unlikely to garner any interest on waivers.
Nov 18 - 4:46 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of OF Nick Williams from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

One of the top outfield prospects in the game, Williams batted a disappointing .258/.287/.427 with 13 homers in his first taste of Triple-A this past season. The upside is still very high, and he has plenty of time at 23 years of age.
Nov 18 - 4:44 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of 2B Jesmuel Valentin from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Valentin, 22, batted .269/.341/.395 with nine homers between Double- and Triple-A in 2016. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 18 - 4:41 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Alberto Tirado from High-A Clearwater.

Tirado, who turns 22 next month, held a 3.90 ERA but struck out a whopping 102 batters over 64 2/3 frames while splitting his time between the rotation and the bullpen at Low- and High-A. He needs to throw more strikes before he'll get a sniff of the majors.
Nov 18 - 4:39 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Nick Pivetta from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Pivetta held a 3.27 ERA over 27 starts between Double- and Triple-A this past season. He'll return to the minors to start 2017.
Nov 18 - 4:35 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Ricardo Pinto from Double-A Reading.

Pinto, 22, held a 4.10 ERA and 101/51 K/BB ratio across 156 Double-A innings in 2016. He might return there to start 2017.
Nov 18 - 4:33 PM


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