Player News - Phillies

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Cesar Hernandez had a nice night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Braves, reaching base four times and scoring the Phillies' lone run.

Hernandez went 1-for-2 and drew three walks, serving as a terrific catalyst atop the Phillies lineup. The only issue was that the hitters behind him failed to drive him in. Hernandez is having a nice season offensively, slashing .289/.341/.375 with two homers, 26 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
Jul 29 - 11:02 PM

Vincent Velasquez pitched well in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday, allowing two runs on seven hits over his six frames.

The hard-throwing right-hander walked two and struck out five. With scouts and talent evaluators from many clubs on hand, Velasquez didn't do anything to hurt his trade stock. He sits at 8-3 on the season with a 3.32 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 108/36 K/BB ratio over 97 2/3 innings. Should he remain with the Phillies, his next start will come on Thursday against the Giants.
Jul 29 - 10:57 PM

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that the Rangers and Phillies are "pretty deep" in trade talks involving right-hander Vincent Velasquez.

Salisbury notes that the Rangers have also expressed interest in Jeremy Hellickson, though he appears to be a fallback option if they can't obtain Velasquez. The Rangers had several scouts on hand Friday, watching Velasquez pitch well in a loss to the Braves.
Source: CSN Philly
Jul 29 - 10:45 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are "all over" Vincent Velasquez, but a trade is "unlikely."

Rosenthal says the Rangers have done extensive background work on Velasquez and other cost-controlled starters. However, a trade for Velasquez, not surprisingly, looks like a big long-shot. The Phillies have the young right-hander under control through 2021.
Jul 29 - 5:39 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Blue Jays are "considering many starting options," with Jeremy Hellickson, Rich Hill and the Rays' starters on their radar.

Cotillo adds that the Blue Jays are looking at potential bullpen options, as well. Hellickson seems like a poor fit back in the American League and at Rogers Centre, but he has pitched well lately. Hill is still dealing with a blister issue and is next start remains up in the air.
Jul 29 - 1:16 PM

Aaron Altherr made his 2016 debut in style Thursday, finishing 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the Phillies 7-5 win over the Braves.

After missing nearly four months due to a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist, Altherr wasted no time making his presence felt Thursday. The 25-year-old singled in his first at-bat, hit a two-run home run later and added another single for good measure. The dual threat had five homers and six steals in 39 games with the Phillies last year, and now healthy, Altherr is an intriguing player in NL-only and deep mixed leagues.
Jul 28 - 11:24 PM

Tommy Joseph hit a solo home run and scored twice in Thursday's win over the Braves.

Joseph followed Maikel Franco's three-run dong in the first inning with a solo shot of his own, as the Phillies got to Braves starter Matt Wisler early and often. The homer was Joseph's 14th in 57 major league games this year. The Phillies didn't need much convincing to cast Ryan Howard aside, and the 25-year-old has proven plenty worthy of taking over at first base. Joseph is hitting .262/.294/.524 overall.
Jul 28 - 11:14 PM

Maikel Franco hit a three-run home run in Thursday's win over the Braves.

Franco destroyed a hanging slider from Braves starter Matt Wisler in the first inning, part of a five-run frame for the Phillies. The third baseman finished 1-for-5 in the game. That's been a bit of a theme for Franco this year, as he's now got 19 homers and 58 RBI to go with a more pedestrian .259/.314/.463 line overall.
Jul 28 - 11:08 PM

Jeanmar Gomez allowed a run on two hits and a walk but limited the damage Thursday, earning his 27th save against the Braves.

Things got dicey when, protecting a three-run lead, Gomez gave up a leadoff single and a walk to start the ninth, but he coaxed a ground ball double play to quell the rally. A run-scoring single brought the tying run to the plate, but Gomez froze Jace Peterson to end the threat and the game. The right-hander is now 27-for-30 in save chances and owns a 2.83 ERA and 1.13 WHIP overall, numbers that could get him dealt to a reliever-needy contender before Monday's trade deadline.
Jul 28 - 11:04 PM

Aaron Nola started strong and held on to earn the win Thursday, allowing three runs on eight hits over five innings against the Braves.

Nola was staked to a seven-run lead and seemed as though he would have no problem holding it, relatively breezing through four scoreless innings, but the Braves hit him early and often in a three-run fifth inning. He managed to stop the bleeding, but it would be the end of the line for Nola, who is still searching for a former dominance. The win improved him to 6-9 with a 4.78 ERA through 20 starts, and he'll try to make it a winning streak when he faces the Giants on Wednesday.
Jul 28 - 11:01 PM

Phillies activated OF Aaron Altherr from the 60-day disabled list.

Altherr is finally ready to join the Phils after missing the first four months of the 2016 season with a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. The dynamic 25-year-old batted .341/.481/.463 with one homer and two stolen bases on his 13-game minor league rehab assignment and could carry deep mixed league value down the stretch.
Jul 28 - 2:17 PM

Phillies placed OF Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain.

That will obviously kill off any trade value he might have had. Bourjos suffered the injury on Tuesday night while robbing Ichiro Suzuki of a base hit and could be sidelined until September. Aaron Altherr has been activated in a corresponding roster move.
Jul 28 - 2:15 PM

Phillies C prospect Jorge Alfaro matched a season-high with four hits Wednesday in a win for Double-A Reading.

He plated three runs as the Fightin Phils rolled to an easy 11-3 victory over visiting Binghamton. All of his hits were singles. Alfaro's big night came on the heels of a 3-for-20 slump that dropped his average from .297 to .287. Alfaro leads all Eastern League catchers in home runs (12) and RBI (53) this season. The 23-year-old was acquired from Texas last summer in the Cole Hamels trade.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 28 - 11:30 AM

Zach Eflin surrendered seven earned runs over five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mets.

Miami jumped all over Eflin and kept it rolling against the Philadelphia bullpen, racking up a total of 11 runs on 16 hits and seven walks. Eflin yielded nine of those hits and four of those walks. It was a much different picture than his last outing, a three-hit shutout against the Pirates. The young right-hander will try to bounce back next week against the Giants.
Jul 27 - 3:14 PM

Phillies LHP prospect Ranger Suarez completed a seven-inning no-hitter Tuesday in a win for Short-Season Williamsport.

Suarez retired 20 consecutive batters after allowing a leadoff walk in the first inning. It was Williamsport's first no-hitter since 2013. 47 of the left-hander's 67 pitches went for strikes as Suarez improved to 4-0 on the year. Opponents have hit just .217 against Suarez this year with 26 strikeouts in 143 at-bats. The 20-year-old from Venezuela owns the ninth-lowest ERA in the New York-Penn League this season (2.09).
Source: MILB.com
Jul 27 - 2:42 PM


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