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Mario Hollands (elbow) will undergo another ultrasound on his common flexor tendon this week.

Hollands was hoping to have more clarity on his injured elbow after a meeting with Dr. James Andrews, but Andrews had trouble getting a clear reading on Hollands' MRI Monday. The Phillies' team physician has already recommended season-ending surgery to repair the strain in his elbow. Either way, Hollands won't be back with the Phillies any time soon.
Apr 1 - 7:40 PM

Chase Utley homered twice off Julio Teheran as the Phillies smoked the Braves 9-2 on Wednesday.

Utley also homered twice Sunday before taking Monday off. It's quite an outburst from a guy who mustered 11 homers in 589 at-bats last year and hasn't reached 20 since way back in 2009. Of course, Utley remains one of the NL's top second basemen when healthy. It just doesn't result in nearly as much fantasy value as it used to.
Apr 1 - 4:19 PM

Cole Hamels yielded two runs -- one earned -- over six innings Wednesday against the Braves.

Hamels rebounded from a poor start to his spring with a couple of strong outings to close it out, leaving him with a 4.15 ERA. He'll face the Red Sox on Opening Day.
Apr 1 - 4:16 PM

Phillies reassigned OF Brian Bogusevic to minor league camp.

Bogusevic slugged .611 in 36 spring at-bats, but the strong showing wasn't enough for him to land a bench spot. Bogusevic last saw major league competition with the Cubs in 2013.
Apr 1 - 9:14 AM

Ken Giles (back) saw a doctor after experiencing back pain during Tuesday's Grapefruit League appearance.

After the doctor's visit, Giles said that his injury wasn't serious. The 24-year-old is uncertain as to when he'll be able to start pitching again, but this doesn't appear to be a major issue.
Apr 1 - 8:56 AM

Phillies reassigned RHP Phillippe Aumont to minor league camp.

As Aumont was out of options, his reassignment means that he cleared waivers. This is at least somewhat surprising, as the 26-year-old was once a relatively highly touted prospect and boasted a 10.6 K/9 in the minors last season. Despite the arm talent, he's yet to sip more than a few cups of coffee at the major league level.
Apr 1 - 8:52 AM's Todd Zolecki reports that Sean O'Sullivan "is the in-house favorite" to be the Phillies' No. 5 starter.

O'Sullivan was sent to minor league camp a couple weeks ago but is now back with the big leaguers, allowing four runs over four innings in a start versus the Blue Jays Tuesday. Many figure the Phils will find someone outside the organization, although general manager Ruben Amaro was being coy Tuesday, saying he didn't have interest in any of the recently released pitchers. O'Sullivan has a career 5.91 ERA over 231 1/3 frames in the majors and would be a candidate for worst starter in the big leagues should he make the rotation. Philly hopes to get Chad Billingsley (elbow) back by the end of April, so they might not need a No. 5 starter for more than a couple turns.
Mar 31 - 8:53 PM

Grady Sizemore got the start in right field Tuesday and went 3-for-4 against the Blue Jays.

The Phillies didn't initially include Sizemore when talking about the right-field mix to replace Domonic Brown, mostly because he doesn't have the arm for the spot, but it looks like they might have softened on their stance, probably after taking a harder look at their other options. Certainly, the decision to shove Ben Revere to left was bad news for Sizemore -- he appeared in line to get plenty of time there before Odubel Herrera impressed in center -- and Sizemore will need to get starts in right every once in a while if he's going to have much of a role for the Phillies. He's just a fringe NL-only guy at the moment.
Mar 31 - 4:58 PM

Ken Giles was lifted from Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after experiencing pain in his back.

The discomfort was in the mid-to-lower part of the 24-year-old right-hander's back. Giles had a terrific rookie season in 2014 and had been pitching well this spring. He expects to be fine for Opening Day.
Mar 31 - 4:24 PM

Ken Giles left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game with an apparent injury.

There should be an update out of Phillies camp shortly. Giles has been a popular name in drafts this spring with Jonathan Papelbon being dangled in trade talks. The 24-year-old right-hander posted an exceptional 1.18 ERA and 64/11 K/BB ratio in 45 2/3 innings last season.
Mar 31 - 4:10 PM

Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Domonic Brown (Achilles) would begin the season on the DL.

Brown was diagnosed with tendinitis of the left Achilles a little over a week ago and has been making slow progress toward recovery. This leaves the team in a state of flux, as their current outfield options to replace Brown are the likes of Jeff Francoeur and Darin Ruf. Brown's timetable for return has still not been set.
Mar 31 - 12:51 PM

Phillies released RHP Kevin Slowey.

In his last two outings, Slowey had allowed nine runs over three innings. He was also part of a benches-clearing incident on Monday. Slowey should be able to latch on with another club, as he's a veteran arm who began Spring Training with a 2.08 ERA in two starts and three relief appearances.
Mar 31 - 12:00 PM

Kevin Slowey was pounded for six runs -- five earned -- in two innings by the Pirates on Monday.

Slowey also played a role in the benches-clearing incident in the game, apparently because he quick-pitched Sean Rodriguez, who took exception. Slowey, who opened the spring with a 2.08 ERA in two starts and three relief appearances, has put his roster spot in jeopardy by allowing nine runs -- seven earned -- in three innings his last two times out.
Mar 30 - 5:02 PM

Freddy Galvis went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer versus the Pirates on Monday.

It was his first extra-base hit in 59 at-bats this spring. If Odubel Herrera were a right-handed hitter, he'd probably bat second for the Phillies. However, he's yet another lefty, so the Phillies aren't going to sandwich him in between Ben Revere and Chase Utley at the top. For that reason, Galvis could find himself in the spot, despite his pathetic .259 OBP in 514 major league at-bats. It'd make him more valuable in NL-only leagues for however long it lasts.
Mar 30 - 4:58 PM

Jonathan Pettibone is scheduled to face live hitters Tuesday for the first time since undergoing surgery last June to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.

Pettibone has already completed 10 bullpen sessions without issue. The 24-year-old right-hander will hang back at extended spring training when camp breaks, but he could be an option for the Phillies' starting rotation at some point in May. It's a very weak group of starters beyond Cole Hamels.
Mar 30 - 11:20 AM

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