Player News - Phillies

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Maikel Franco (shoulder) remains out of the Phillies' starting lineup on Wednesday.

Franco hasn't appeared in a game since toppling into a camera well last Tuesday, but he hit in the cage on Monday and should be ready to return before the end of this week. Carlos Santana will start at third base and bat cleanup Wednesday versus the Mets and right-hander Noah Syndergaard. Rhys Hoskins is at first base and hitting second.
Sep 19 - 2:01 PM

Aaron Nola fanned nine over 5 2/3 innings and allowed two runs in a no-decision Tuesday as the Phillies downed the Mets 5-2.

Nola embarrassingly served up a home run to pitcher Steven Matz, and the longball has been an issue for him lately with eight allowed across his last four starts. He didn’t give up a single one over his four outings prior to that. However, he mostly held the Mets in check and certainly had no trouble getting swings and misses. Nola gets the Braves on the road next.
Sep 18 - 11:44 PM

Hector Neris notched his first save since June in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

Neris was asked to protect a three-run lead and did so without a sweat, getting a pair of strikeouts and inducing a groundout. His first save in the majors in three months comes after he gave up three runs versus the Mets on Monday. Neris has overall been dominant since being recalled last month, posting a 2.57 ERA and 29/4 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. The Phillies have recorded three saves this month and they've gone to three different relievers. Neris is worth a pickup if you're desperate for saves, but there's no guarantee he'll get more opportunities.
Sep 18 - 11:41 PM

Jorge Alfaro ripped a three-run home run in the Phillies' comeback win over the Mets on Tuesday.

The Phils were blanked for five innings by starter Steven Matz and trailed 2-0 going into the sixth. However, they quickly fattened up on the Mets' bullpen, plating five runs in the sixth, with the big blow being Alfaro's blast off of Drew Smith. Alfaro also added a single and a stolen base. The 25-year-old has pretty much been splitting the catching duties with Wilson Ramos for the last month and is only fantasy relevant in deeper two-catcher formats at this point.
Sep 18 - 11:34 PM

Odubel Herrera is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mets.

Roman Quinn gets the start in center field and will hit third. Nick Williams is also on the bench, with Aaron Altherr in right field.
Sep 18 - 2:41 PM

Wilson Ramos is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mets.

Ramos and Jorge Alfaro have been alternating starts of late. Alfaro will catch Aaron Nola and hit eighth against lefty Steven Matz.
Sep 18 - 2:39 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera (calf) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Mets.

Not a big surprise. Cabrera suffered a Grade 1 calf strain in Monday's game and could very well be done for the year. There should be more clarity on his status soon, but fantasy owners should get a backup plan in place. J.P. Crawford will start at third base Tuesday while Scott Kingery is at shortstop.
Sep 18 - 2:37 PM

Phillies activated LHP Aaron Loup from the 10-day disabled list.

The Phillies now have 40 active players. Loup has been out for nearly a month with a left forearm strain, but he's ready to help out as the Phillies play out the string. The southpaw allowed two runs in two innings over four appearances after being acquired from the Blue Jays on July 31.
Sep 18 - 1:49 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera suffered a Grade 1 calf strain in Monday's loss to the Mets.

Cabrera will be evaluated further on Tuesday. A Grade 1 strain is the least severe, but any sort of calf strain this late in the year certainly has the potential to be a season-ender. Fantasy owners don't need to wait around on Cabrera.
Sep 17 - 10:43 PM

Jake Arrieta surrendered four earned runs over five innings Monday in a no-decision against the Mets.

New York wound up winning the game 9-4 as the Phillies continued their late-season tailspin. Arrieta has been a big part of that fade, as he now holds a 4.67 ERA in 61 2/3 innings (11 starts) since the All-Star break. He posted a 3.23 ERA across 103 innings (18 starts) in the first half. The veteran right-hander faces a tough road matchup against the Braves next time out.
Sep 17 - 10:27 PM

Maikel Franco (shoulder) hit in the batting cage Monday and is expected to be ready to play again in 3-4 days.

Franco's right shoulder is still sore following his fall into a camera well last Tuesday. He's been limited to just six games and two starts this month because of wrist and shoulder injuries.
Sep 17 - 5:21 PM

Maikel Franco (shoulder, neck) remains out of the Phillies' lineup Monday against the Mets.

Franco has now missed five straight starts since banging up his right shoulder and neck when he flipped over the third base railing last Tuesday. The Phillies are going with Asdrubal Cabrera at third base and J.P. Crawford at shortstop once again.
Sep 17 - 3:17 PM

Cesar Hernandez went 1-for-5 with a homer in a loss to the Marlins on Sunday.

Hernandez got the Phillies off to a strong start, taking Jose Urena deep in the first inning. That gives Hernandez homers in back-to-back games, and improves his total to 13 on the season. He's also stolen 18 bases in 23 attempts, but his average is a disappointing .257 in 147 games played this year. Still, the power and speed combo from a middle-infielder make Hernandez a solid fantasy player.
Sep 16 - 5:04 PM

Nick Pivetta struck out eight, but allowed three runs in five innings in a loss to the Marlins on Sunday.

Pivetta was cruising through this one over the first three innings, with all eight strikeouts coming in that time frame. Things unraveled a bit in the fourth, allowing a two-run homer to Pete O’Brien and an RBI double to Bryan Holaday in the fifth to end his day. There was more good than bad for the right-hander, but the end result is another mediocre start from the right-hander. Pivetta now has an ERA of 4.67 with an 181/47 K/BB ratio over 154 ⅓ innings. He starts on Friday against the Braves.
Sep 16 - 4:55 PM

Maikel Franco (shoulder, neck) remained out of the Phillies' lineup Sunday.

Franco hasn't played since banging up his right shoulder and neck on a fall last Tuesday. Asdrubal Cabrera is at third base and J.P. Crawford is at shortstop.
Sep 16 - 11:34 AM


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