Player News - Phillies

Date: Team: Pos:

Aaron Nola (elbow) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday against the Blue Jays.

It will be his first live appearance since last July 28. Nola got off to a terrific start in 2016 before being diagnosed with a low-grade sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and a flexor sprain in his forearm. The young right-hander says he feels 100 percent now.
Feb 27 - 9:57 AM

Nick Williams singled in two runs, walked and stole a base after coming off the bench in the Phillies' 10-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Williams was a big disappointment last year after emerging as a top prospect in 2015, but he has the tools to rebound in Triple-A this season. He'll compete with fellow prospects Roman Quinn and Dylan Cozens for any spots in the Philadelphia outfield that might open up over the course of the year.
Feb 26 - 5:17 PM

Phillies GM Matt Klentak feels Daniel Nava has a good chance to make the team's Opening Day roster.

"He can play the corner outfield spots, first base, and he’s a switch-hitter, so he’s got a shot," said Klentak. Nava will compete with Aaron Altherr, Chris Coghlan and Tyler Goeddel for one of the Phillies' final bench spots this spring. Including the Phillies, Nava has now been with five teams over his last three seasons.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 25 - 8:39 PM

Maikel Franco was credited with two homers Saturday to lead the Phillies past the Yankees 6-5.

The second homer should have been a double, but the center fielder thought the ball was trapped under the fence, didn't get the call right away and picked up the ball to throw it back in. Regardless, it was a nice day for the 24-year-old Franco. He hit cleanup today, too, with the Phillies playing all of their regulars. If he's picked over Tommy Joseph for that lineup spot, it'd help his fantasy value.
Feb 25 - 4:15 PM

Rhys Hoskins homered and doubled in two at-bats off the bench Saturday against the Yankees.

Hoskins hit .281/.377/.566 with 38 homers in Double-A last year, putting him in prime position to capitalize if Tommy Joseph can't establish himself as a quality regular first baseman this year. Hoskins will bide his time in Triple-A to start the year.
Feb 25 - 4:12 PM

Hector Neris took a blown save after giving up a run in the ninth Saturday against the Yankees.

He got the win after the Phillies scored in the bottom of the ninth. Still, Neris didn't do his job in this one. Neris was the Phillies' best reliever last year, but the team has already indicated that Jeanmar Gomez will re-assume the closer's role to open this season. That still leaves Neris one of the most intriguing setup men for fantasy purposes.
Feb 25 - 4:10 PM

Howie Kendrick is batting second on Saturday as the Phillies deploy a probable Opening Day preview in their Grapefruit League home opener against the Yankees.

Kendrick is set to open the season as the Phillies' everyday left fielder and should be able to generate plenty of fantasy value if he remains in a premium lineup spot. Michael Saunders is hitting fifth on Saturday with Tommy Joseph slotted behind him in the sixth spot.
Feb 25 - 8:18 AM

Cameron Perkins went 2-for-2 with a homer off the bench Friday against the Yankees.

Perkins, 26, went unpicked in December's Rule 5 draft after hitting .292/.329/.419 with eight homers and 11 steals in 408 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season. He's more of a solid Triple-A player than a legitimate prospect, but he has the contact ability to perhaps be of use as a pinch-hitter. The Phillies won't carry him out of spring training, though, and it's hard to see how he has a future in the organization, given the likelihood of a Nick Williams-Roman Quinn-Dylan Cozens outfield in Triple-A this year.
Feb 24 - 3:53 PM

Dylan Cozens had a two-run homer and a two-run single as the Phillies topped the University of Tampa 6-0 on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Cozens is coming off a huge season in Double-A, in which he hit 40 homers and drove in 125 runs. There's still plenty of skepticism about him as a prospect, largely because he struck out 32 percent of the time last year, but he'll be one to watch in Triple-A this year. Between injuries and trade possibilities, the Phillies could have a corner outfield spot open at some point come July or August.
Feb 23 - 4:00 PM

Roman Quinn went 2-for-3 with a homer and a steal against the University of Tampa on Thursday.

Quinn seemed a lot more interesting for fantasy purposes six months ago, before the Phillies committed to Odubel Herrera going forward and brought in Michael Saunders and Howie Kendrick for the outfield corners. Quinn needs some Triple-A time anyway, so that he's been blocked for now isn't a big problem. Still, center field is now spoken for in Philly and it doesn't seem all that likely that Quinn will have the bat to be a regular in a corner.
Feb 23 - 3:58 PM

Victor Arano was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Arano received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will require at least four weeks of rest. He'll try to rehab the injury for now, but Tommy John surgery could be a possibility if he doesn't see improvement. The 22-year-old posted a 2.26 ERA and 95/19 K/BB ratio over 79 2/3 innings between High-A and Double-A last season.
Feb 22 - 12:02 PM

Jake Thompson (wrist) threw a bullpen session indoors on Wednesday.

Thompson entered camp with right wrist soreness, but it shouldn't take him long to catch up to the other pitchers. The 23-year-old made 10 starts as a rookie last season while putting up a 5.70 ERA. Barring an injury, he's likely to see more time in the minors to begin 2017.
Feb 22 - 11:37 AM

Zach Eflin (knee) threw a successful bullpen session on Monday in Phillies camp.

Eflin tossed 40-45 pitches and felt great. He had to be scratched from a live batting practice session last Friday due to knee soreness, but it was called "very mild" at the time and he seems to be over it already. The talented 22-year-old right-hander is competing for a spot in the Philadelphia rotation this spring.
Feb 20 - 12:51 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday that he would consider Adam Morgan and Alec Asher options to pitch out of the bullpen if they don't crack the Opening Day rotation.

Barring injury, the rotation appears to be set with Jeremy Hellickson, Clay Buchholz, Jerad Eickhoff, Vince Velasquez and Aaron Nola, which means that the only options for guys like Morgan and Asher are to pitch out of the pen or in the rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Morgan appeared in 23 games (21 starts) for the Phillies in 2016, registering a 6.04 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 95/29 K/BB ratio across 113 1/3 innings.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 19 - 4:41 PM

Zach Eflin (knee) is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session on Monday.

Eflin was scratched from throwing a live batting practice session on Friday due to "very mild" knee soreness. The young right-hander has dealt with chronic tendinitis in both of his knees and had surgery on each last fall in an effort to correct the issue. It doesn't sound like a major setback at this stage, but it's worth keeping an eye on this spring.
Feb 18 - 8:35 AM


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