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Odubel Herrera had all of his tools on full display in Friday's 4-3 victory over the Royals, going 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and a stolen base.

Hererra started the game with a bang, blasting a leadoff home run off of Ian Kennedy. He later singled, swiped a base and scored his second run of the contest. The Phillies' leadoff man is having a terrific season at the dish, slashing .306/.396/.439 with nine homers, 30 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
Jul 1 - 10:17 PM

Jeremy Hellickson pitched well in Friday's victory over the Royals, allowing just one run on five hits over six strong innings of work.

The right-hander walked one and racked up six strikeouts on the evening. The only blemish on his night was an RBI single off the bat of Cheslor Cuthbert in the second inning. With the victory, he improves to 6-6 on the season to go along with a 4.06 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He'll look to replicate this fine effort when he takes on the Braves at home on Wednesday.
Jul 1 - 10:17 PM

Phillies pitching prospect Matt Imhof had his right eye surgically removed on Tuesday after suffering an injury in a freak accident last week.

Awful. Imhof was struck in the face by a resistance band that was anchored to a wall and was told by doctors that his eye was "crushed like a grape." They attempted to reconstruct the eye, but removing it gave Imhof the best chance to "live a normal life," according to the pitcher. It appears that Imhof may try to continue his career, although it's unclear when he might be able to pitch again.
Jul 1 - 10:59 AM

Cody Asche had three hits and three RBI as the Phillies edged the Diamondbacks 9-8 on Wednesday.

The last of those hits was a single to help fuel the rally in the 10th. Asche is hitting .289 with an .815 OPS since coming off the disabled list on June 2, helping to stabilize the Phillies outfield. He'll continue to play left against righties.
Jun 29 - 7:56 PM

Zach Eflin yielded four runs -- three earned -- in six innings Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Eflin has been effective in three straight starts after getting bombed by the Blue Jays in his major league debut, but he's totaled just nine strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings to date. He's going to have to pick that up.
Jun 29 - 7:53 PM

Brett Oberholtzer tossed a scoreless 10th inning for his first career save Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Jeanmar Gomez pitched the ninth and got the win. Oberholtzer, the long man in the Phillies pen, has a 5.22 ERA in 39 2/3 innings.
Jun 29 - 7:52 PM

Phillies prospect right-hander Mark Appel had surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

Appel is done for the year, but he's expected to be ready for spring training next year. The 2013 No. 1 overall pick had a 4.46 ERA and 34/20 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings with Triple-A Lehigh Valley before hitting the disabled list with a right shoulder strain in late May. His stock continues to fade.
Jun 29 - 2:11 PM

Phillies prospect outfielder Nick Williams was benched Tuesday for not hustling.

Williams was previously benched for two games earlier this month for not running hard on a pop-up. Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage said the continued discipline is about "teaching him how to play the game right." It's unclear if he'll return to the lineup Wednesday. Williams, who was acquired in the Cole Hamels deal last year, is batting .285/.329/.460 with seven homers, 36 RBI, and five steals over 67 games this season in Triple-A.
Jun 29 - 9:28 AM

Ryan Howard snapped a 3-3 tie with a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning of Tuesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Howard finished the game 0-for-3, but did manage two walks. His second free pass of the evening would be the key one, as he drew it against Brad Ziegler with the bases loaded to push the Phillies to a 4-3 advantage in the top of the ninth inning. They would win by that final score. Veteran slugger Howard is hitting just .151/.211/.349 this season and lost his starting job to Tommy Joseph earlier this month.
Jun 29 - 2:34 AM

Jerad Eickhoff turned in a decent performance in Tuesday's no-decision against the Diamondbacks, surrendering two runs on seven hits over five-plus innings.

The Phillies held a scant 2-1 advantage heading into the sixth inning, but Eickhoff coughed up a game-tying solo homer to Yasmany Tomas to lead off the frame. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out six and walked three on the evening. He will carry a 3.38 ERA and 1.24 WHIP into an Independence Day home date with the Braves next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 29 - 2:18 AM

Phillies RHP prospect Adonis Medina took a no-hitter into the ninth inning Monday in a win for Low-A Williamsport.

Auburn DH Blake Perkins ended Medina's no-hit bid by lacing a single to right field with one out in the ninth inning. The right-hander finished with four strikeouts and one walk while throwing 60 of his 99 pitches for strikes. The 19-year-old has yet to allow a run in three starts this year. The season just started but Medina's 0.57 WHIP is third-lowest in the New York-Penn League.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 28 - 1:52 PM

Vincent Velasquez pitched five scoreless innings and struck out seven as the Phillies shut out the Diamondbacks 8-0 on Monday.

It was a surprise that the Phillies let Velasquez return from his biceps strain so soon, but it was a minor injury. He's still likely to be shut down at some point in the second half in order to prevent him from racking up too high of an innings count.
Jun 28 - 1:10 AM

Peter Bourjos went 3-for-5 and scored twice against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

One of the Phillies' corner outfielders finally got hot, and Bourjos has assumed the second spot in the order as a result of his recent success. That doesn't make him a strong pickup in shallow mixed leagues, but he might eke out some value in deeper leagues.
Jun 28 - 1:08 AM

Tommy Joseph fanned four times as part of an 0-for-5 night against the Diamondbacks on Monday.

The Phillies never should have let Ryan Howard take Joseph under his wing. Following a fast start, Joseph's average now sits at .234, with a .714 OPS. He should continue to start over Howard, but he doesn't look like a mixed-league option right now.
Jun 28 - 1:06 AM

Phillies prospect left-hander Matt Imhof suffered a "significant injury to his right eye" during a freak training accident last week.

The news was confirmed by Imhof's agent, Adam Karon. Imhof, the Phillies' second-round pick from 2014, was going through his routine stretching regimen after a game when a piece of equipment malfunctioned and he was struck in the eye. The 22-year-old has undergone surgery and is likely to require further procedures. The injury could be career-threatening.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 5:56 PM


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