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Cliff Lee (elbow) pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a pair of singles, in his spring debut Thursday against the Astros.

No radar gun reports from Lee's outing, but CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury said he "looked sharp" and he came out of it feeling fine. Since all of the reports have been good so far, his stock is on the way back up.
Mar 5 - 4:25 PM

Odubel Herrera went 3-for-4 with three steals and two runs scored to lead the Phillies to a 3-1 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

Herrera, a .321 hitter in Double-A in the Rangers system last year, is probably the best bet of any Rule 5 pick to stick this spring. He'll likely be a reserve outfielder initially, but with the Phillies in transition and certainly open to selling off veterans, he should get an opportunity to start if he hits.
Mar 4 - 3:48 PM

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Chad Billingsley (elbow) is not expected to be game-ready for the Phillies until late April.

Billingsley is behind the other pitchers in camp after being limited to just two starts over the last two seasons following Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries. He'll be a part of the rotation once healthy, but the Phillies will need one of David Buchanan or Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to hold down a spot for a few weeks.
Mar 3 - 9:26 PM

David Buchanan gave up a run and five hits over two innings in his start versus the Yankees on Tuesday.

A better first baseman than Ryan Howard might have had a chance at two of the hits that led to a run in the first. Much like the departed Kyle Kendrick, Buchanan will give up plenty of balls in play in front of a mediocre Phillies defense. He might be good enough to last in the rotation all season long, but it's unlikely he'll offer fantasy value at any point.
Mar 3 - 5:33 PM

Ryan Howard said Tuesday that he cut sugar from his diet over the winter and has lost 15-20 pounds.

This comes a few days after Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said that Howard showed up to camp in the best shape "since I've known him." It's no secret that the Phillies would like to move on from him, so it appears that he has used the constant speculation about his future as motivation. It might not result in better numbers at the plate, but it's something. As of now, Howard still projects to get most of the playing time at first base for the Phillies this season.
Mar 3 - 3:03 PM

Jerome Williams came out of the bullpen to pitch in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.

Williams was originally scheduled to start the game, but David Buchanan pitched instead. However, it appears that Williams is fine and the Phillies simply decided to flip-flop the order at the last mintue.
Mar 3 - 1:40 PM

Jerome Williams was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League start against the Yankees.

No word on the reason for the change, but Williams wasn't present when lineups were announced. David Buchanan made the start instead. The Phillies should pass along an update soon.
Mar 3 - 1:13 PM

Jerome Williams will start in the Phillies' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday against the Yankees.

Others scheduled to pitch include David Buchanan, Joely Rodriguez, Jeanmar Gomez, Mario Hollands, Sean O'Sullivan, and Luis Garcia. The Phillies re-signed Williams to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million following a successful two-month stint with the club at the end of last season. In 57 1/3 innings, the right-hander posted a 2.83 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio. Williams likely will be traded at some point during the season.
Mar 3 - 10:40 AM

Aaron Harang has been scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League start against the Yankees, citing mechanical issues as per Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal.

Montemurro noted that Harang had put an ice pack on his back, but the pitcher himself said the reason for the scratch was mechanical. CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports Kevin Slowey will start in Harang's place. Harang more or less has a spot sealed up in the Phillies' rotation and should be handled with extreme caution in fantasy leagues given his mediocre repertoire and the peripherals he put up last season (161/71 K/BB ratio in 204 1/3 innings).
Mar 3 - 8:54 AM

Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports that "there are no signs of any progress" in trade talks between the Red Sox and Phillies involving Cole Hamels.

Mastrodonato's report says that Charley Kerfeld, a special assistant to the general manager in Philly, was at the Red Sox' spring training complex Monday talking to Red Sox coaches and watching live batting practice. However, Mastrodonato was told by two sources that it's not a sign trade talks between the two clubs are heating up. The Red Sox want Hamels, but the Phillies aren't backing down from demanding Blake Swihart or Mookie Betts in return.
Mar 2 - 7:16 PM

Chase Utley won't appear in any spring games this week due to lingering ankle soreness.

Utley suffered a mild right ankle sprain during a workout in January and the Phillies are easing him along in camp. The 36-year-old second baseman is not yet in danger of missing any regular-season action. He should only need around 40-50 at-bats in the Grapefruit League.
Mar 2 - 11:49 AM

Chase Utley will not play in the Phillies Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees on Tuesday.

The Phillies insist that the veteran infielder is fine and that they're simply being cautious as Utley recovers from a mild ankle sprain he incurred while working out in January. The 36-year-old Utley has still been participating in workouts and has been taking batting practice, and should appear in game action before the end of the week.
Source: CSN Philly
Mar 1 - 8:22 PM

In Sunday's lone spring game, Aaron Altherr went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a steal as the Phillies lost to the University of Tampa 6-2.

The Phillies were up 2-0 following fine performances from Paul Clemens and Rule 5 pick Andrew Oliver, but Phillipe Aumont gave up a run in the sixth and Nefi Ogando and Hector Neris combined to allow five in the seventh, leading to a somewhat embarrassing loss. The good news was that Ruben Amaro's nephew, Andrew, had a single and a bases-loaded walk for the Spartans. The Phillies didn't use any probable regulars in the contest.
Mar 1 - 5:08 PM

Jonathan Pettibone (shoulder) said he's probably a few weeks away from throwing to live hitters in batting practice.

Pettibone is recovering from shoulder surgery in June, and as such he remains a few weeks behind his peers. Pettibone, 24, threw just nine innings this past season, but he had a 4.04 ERA in 18 starts for the Phillies in 2013. Given how weak the back end of the Phillies rotation appears, the right-hander could find his way into the rotation once healthy.
Feb 28 - 5:30 PM

Cliff Lee (elbow) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday against the Astros.

The 36-year-old southpaw came into camp a bit behind schedule but felt good after throwing live batting practice on Wednesday. As long as he makes it through the spring healthy and exhibits normal velocity, he'll make for a very popular rebound candidate in fantasy drafts.
Feb 27 - 10:09 PM


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