Player News - Phillies

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Jeremy Hellickson was pulled from Thursday's game against the Braves due to a sprained right knee.

It's certainly good news that the injury appears to be minor and doesn't involve his arm at all. The 29-year-old finishes his 2016 campaign with a 12-10 record, 3.71 ERA and 154/45 K/BB ratio over 189 innings. He's positioned to secure a fairly lucrative multi-year contract in the off-season.
Source: CSN Philly
Sep 30 - 12:06 AM

Jeanmar Gomez fell apart in the eighth inning of Thursday's game against the Braves, allowing four runs and recording just one out in taking the loss.

Called on to preserve a 1-1 tie, Gomez instead issued a leadoff walk and, two batters later, gave up an RBI double to give the Braves the lead. The next four batters also reached base -- two on singles, one on a walk and one hit by a pitch -- to mercifully end Gomez' night. The miserable outing was the latest in a frustrating end to a brilliant year for the 28-year-old. Gomez has now allowed runs in six of his last seven appearances, raising his ERA to 4.85 in 68 2/3 innings overall. Even so, his 37 saves this season should earn him a nice raise in his final year of arbitration this winter.
Sep 29 - 11:40 PM

Jeremy Hellickson was forced to leave Thursday's start against in the fourth inning due to an apparent injury.

It's unclear exactly what occurred at this point, but the trainer came out to check on the veteran right-hander mid at-bat in the fourth inning and the decision was made to pull him out. It's a potentially devastating development for Hellickson, who has had a nice bounceback season in 2016 and is headed for free agency this winter. Expect an update from the Phillies on his status shortly.
Sep 29 - 8:23 PM

Phil Klein will start on Saturday against the Mets.

Jake Thompson has been shut down, so the Phillies needed a spot starter in what will be a bullpen game versus the Mets. Klein threw five innings in a spot start last month but hasn't gone more than 1 1/3 frames in September, so he won't be in long Saturday.
Sep 29 - 4:35 PM

Zach Eflin is scheduled to undergo left knee surgery within the next few days.

Eflin's season ended seven weeks ago after he was diagnosed with patellar tendinopathy in both of his knees and a stress fracture in his right foot. He had his right knee surgically repaired on August 19, and now doctors will take care of the other knee. Eflin is aiming to be fully recovered by the start of spring training in February.
Sep 29 - 10:02 AM

Adam Morgan ended his season on a sour note, getting pounded for nine earned runs in five innings of work in a loss to the normally light-hitting Braves on Wednesday.

He made it through the first inning unscathed but the Braves piled it on in the subsequent frames. He gave up 10 hits, walked two and hit one batter. He struck out four. The whipping leaves him with an ugly 2-11 record and 6.04 ERA. His 95/29 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 113 1/3 innings is actually pretty good, so the Phillies will likely give him another chance in the rotation next season despite the nasty ERA this year.
Sep 28 - 10:25 PM

Odubel Herrera went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's lopsided loss to the Braves.

He doubled and scored in the sixth inning when the game was already out of reach. He is having a solid if not great fantasy season. He has a .289 batting average with 15 home runs, 48 RBI and 87 runs scored. His best fantasy attribute is speed, which he has used to steal 25 bases with a handful of games remaining. He is just 24 years old and has the potential to become a mainstay in fantasy starting lineups for the next few years.
Sep 28 - 10:05 PM

Aaron Nola (elbow) has started into a throwing program.

Nola has yet to begin throwing off a mound, but he is able to play catch. His 2016 season was cut short due to a UCL sprain and low-grade flexor sprain in his right elbow. The 23-year-old right-hander has been on the shelf since the end of July. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training in 2017.
Sep 28 - 6:50 PM

Jerad Eickhoff tossed four innings of one-run ball before exiting following a rain delay Tuesday versus the Braves.

It's too bad for Eickhoff's fantasy owners, as he had struck out five while yielding only a Freddie Freeman solo shot before the skies opened up. It was surely set to be the righty's seventh straight quality start. Eickhoff's season will conclude against the Mets on Sunday.
Sep 28 - 1:00 AM

Ryan Howard hit his 15th career grand slam in Tuesday's loss to the Braves.

Howard followed a couple singles and a walk in the first inning with a long one to right field off of Julio Teheran. He also added a single in a later at-bat. Howard's .196/.259/.453 batting line is awfully ugly, but he's still hitting balls over the boards with 24 home runs. It's his highest home run total since 2011.
Sep 28 - 12:47 AM

Roman Quinn left Tuesday's game against the Braves with a strained left oblique.

Quinn was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored before departing in the sixth inning. The injury is almost certainly going to end his cup of coffee with the Phillies, given that oblique strains typically require 3-4 weeks of rest and rehab. Quinn, a highly-regarded outfield prospect, batted .263/.373/.333 with four doubles and five stolen bases over his first 15 major leagues.
Sep 27 - 11:48 PM

Jake Thompson has been shut down for the year.

Thompson allowed three earned runs over four innings Sunday in the Phillies' 17-0 blowout loss to the Mets, leaving him with a 5.70 ERA in 53 2/3 innings for the season. The young right-hander did show some promise in his first taste of the majors -- if you look beyond the ugly overall numbers -- and he should open the 2017 campaign as a member of the Philadelphia starting rotation assuming all goes smoothly next spring. Acquired from the Rangers in last year's Cole Hamels trade, Thompson has a bright future ahead.
Source: Philly Voice
Sep 26 - 8:58 AM

Maikel Franco homered in his third straight game Saturday, and the Phillies outlasted the Mets 10-8.

For the fourth game in a row, Franco had two hits, and for the third straight game one of those hits left the yard. He finished 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored on Saturday, with his three-run jack in the first inning accounting for all his runs driven in. He's finishing a relatively disappointing season on a high note, as the 24-year-old now has 25 homers and 87 RBI to go with a .253/.304/.433 line overall.
Sep 25 - 1:16 AM

Darin Ruf went 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

Ruf swatted a three-run bomb in the fourth inning as the Phillies hung 10 runs on the Mets in the victory. It was Ruf's second homer in as many games after going his first 37 games without one. Ineffectiveness and the emergence of Tommy Joseph have relegated Ruf to a reserve role, and the 30-year-old will need a big spring to earn a spot on the 2017 roster.
Sep 25 - 1:13 AM

Odubel Herrera went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.

Herrera had a triple, his sixth of the season, among his three hits. It was the third time in his last eight games that he's enjoyed a three-hit night, and Herrera has eight multi-hit games this month. The strong finish is very promising from the 24-year-old, who is hitting .290/.365/.428 with 15 homers, 48 RBI, 85 runs scored and 25 steals overall.
Sep 25 - 1:10 AM


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