Player News - Phillies

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Howie Kendrick went 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit RBI single in Sunday's 11-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

Kendrick did not start the contest -- he is dealing with hamstring tightness -- but did come on to pinch hit in the seventh inning, when he hit an RBI single to tie the game at 1-1. The veteran second baseman has appeared in just 32 games this season due to various roadblocks on the health front.
Jun 25 - 8:15 PM

Aaron Altherr went 3-for-5 with a triple in Sunday's 11-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

The triple was Altherr's second of the season. He has picked up six hits in his last 14 at-bats and is slashing a cool .284/.353/.529 with 12 homers and 39 RBI in 65 games this season.
Jun 25 - 8:11 PM

Jeremy Hellickson surrendered just one run on three hits over six innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's 11-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

In terms of runs, Hellickson allowed just a Paul Goldschmidt RBI single in the fourth inning. That had him on the hook to take a tough-luck loss, but the Phillies managed to tie the game at 1-1 in the seventh to make it a bullpen game. Hellickson struck out seven without walking a batter in the crisp outing. Next up on the docket, a road start against the Mets. The veteran right-hander will carry a 4.40 ERA and 1.26 WHIP into that affair.
Jun 25 - 8:03 PM

Phillies released RHP Jeanmar Gomez.

The Phils designated their former closer for assignment last week and have now officially given him a pink slip. Gomez holds an ugly 7.25 ERA this season, but he should be able to land on his feet somewhere.
Jun 25 - 2:39 PM

Phillies released OF Michael Saunders.

The Phillies are on the hook for what remains of Saunders' $9 million salary, but he is now free to sign elsewhere for the veteran minimum. He's hit only .205/.257/.360 this season.
Jun 25 - 2:38 PM

Cameron Perkins was hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout in Saturday's loss in Arizona.

Perkins was in the leadoff spot on Saturday, but he didn't do anything to set the table. The rookie's average tumbled to .105, as he how has just two singles over 19 at-bats (.105) while driving in two runs. The good news is he isn't striking out, but he also hasn't drawn a walk in his time up with the big club.
Jun 25 - 2:05 AM

Ben Lively allowed five runs - four earned - and seven hits with no walks or strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a loss at Arizona on Saturday.

Lively cracked a two-run homer off of his counterpart Robbie Ray, but Odubel Herrera didn't help him out with a costly error and Lively managed just 50 strikes on 79 pitches in a shaky outing. He had a quality start and a no-decision against Arizona in the first meeting June 18, but was unable to replicate those results. He hasn't won since his debut June 3, a span of five outings.
Jun 25 - 2:02 AM

Jerad Eickhoff (back) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

The Phillies haven't given a timetable for Eickhoff's return but they should have a better idea of where he stands after Sunday's pen session. Eickhoff landed on the DL with an upper back strain earlier this week. Mark Leiter has taken his spot in the starting rotation.
Jun 24 - 8:06 PM

Mark Leiter notched a win in his first major league start by throwing six scoreless innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Leiter came into this one with a 4.74 ERA and a 12/14 K/BB ratio in 19 innings as a reliever. He did a great job tonight, but we're skeptical of his ability to make it through major league lineups three times in a night. Stay away.
Jun 24 - 12:55 AM

Maikel Franco hit his ninth homer Friday against the Diamondbacks.

Franco is hitting .302 with two homers, four doubles and seven walks in his last 11 games. It's not quite Aaron Judge territory, but it's the best stretch he's had so far this year.
Jun 24 - 12:49 AM

Howie Kendrick was able to come off the bench Friday and doubled in his only at-bat against the Diamondbacks.

Kendrick didn't start because of hamstring tightness. It sounds like he'll be in there Satursday.
Jun 24 - 12:47 AM

Howie Kendrick was scratched from the Phillies' lineup on Friday due to hamstring tightness.

The veteran utilityman is considered day-to-day. Andres Blanco is starting at second base for the Phillies against Patrick Corbin and the Diamondbacks.
Jun 23 - 8:57 PM

Phillies placed RHP Casey Fien on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 21, with a right rotator cuff strain.

Fien evidently must have hurt himself in the midst of allowing five runs over two-thirds of an inning on Wednesday. He figures to be sidelined for a while.
Jun 23 - 4:13 PM

Phillies recalled RHP Mark Leiter from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Leiter will make his first major league start on Friday versus the Diamondbacks. He held a 5.40 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 11/11 K/BB ratio over 16 2/3 relief innings earlier this season for the Phils and can be ignored for fantasy purposes.
Jun 23 - 4:11 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Nationals have shown interest in Pat Neshek.

Neshek, who is headed for free agency in 2018, acknowledged that it's likely he'll be traded before the July 31 deadline. Nobody is more desperate for a closer than the Nationals and Neshek would seem to be a perfect fit. It's rare for teams to trade within the division but perhaps the two sides would make an exception. The Nats have also expressed interest in White Sox closer David Robertson and Padres lefty Brad Hand.
Jun 22 - 11:22 PM


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