Player News - Phillies

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Phillies pitching prospect Mark Appel has been placed on Triple-A Lehigh Valley's disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

Appel's velocity had been down of late, and now we know why. The former No. 1 overall pick posted a 1.64 ERA in April for Lehigh Valley but an 8.27 ERA in May, so the shoulder could have been bothering him for a few starts.
May 27 - 10:10 AM

Maikel Franco (ankle) is back in the Phillies' lineup Friday.

Franco had to be pulled from Wednesday game after spraining his right ankle, but he's ready to roll after Thursday's off day. Franco is batting third and playing third base against Jon Lester and the Cubs.
May 27 - 10:05 AM

Maikel Franco (ankle) said that he expects to play against the Cubs on Friday.

Franco was forced out of Wednesday's showdown with the Tigers due to a right ankle sprain. He seemed unconcerned after the game and called the sprain "minor." Fantasy owners should check to make sure he is in the lineup on Friday, but early indications are that this should not be considered a serious injury.
May 25 - 5:11 PM

Jeanmar Gomez earned his 17th save of the season in Wednesday afternoon's 8-5 defeat of the Tigers.

Gomez retired Cameron Maybin, J.D. Martinez, and Miguel Cabrera in order in the bottom of the ninth inning to preserve Philly's three-run lead. The 28-year-old right-hander has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2016 fantasy season so far, boasting a 2.45 ERA in 25 2/3 frames. He is 17-for-18 in save opportunities.
May 25 - 4:34 PM

Aaron Nola surrendered four earned runs over six innings but picked up a win Wednesday versus the Tigers.

Nola struck out six and issued only one walk, flashing exceptional breaking stuff all afternoon, but the sometimes-dangerous Tigers offense tagged him for seven hits (including five singles in Detroit's three-run fifth). Nola stands 4-3 with a stellar 3.14 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and 70/12 K/BB ratio in 66 innings this season. He gets the Nationals in Philly next.
May 25 - 4:31 PM

Maikel Franco was lifted from Wednesday's game against the Tigers with a right ankle sprain.

Franco suffered the sprain in the top of the seventh inning, appearing to jam his foot on a slide into second base. He subsequently limped off the field. No timetable for his return has been set forward as of yet. If it isn't serious, Franco could come back in short order, but these things sometimes have a tendency to linger.
May 25 - 4:11 PM

Maikel Franco was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Tigers with an apparent foot injury.

Franco appeared to jam something while sliding into second base in the top of the seventh inning. He limped off the field. Look for an update shortly.
May 25 - 3:34 PM

Phillies 1B prospect Rhys Hoskins belted a walk-off grand slam in Tuesday's win for Double-A Reading.

It was his only hit of the night. Hoskins got off to a slow start but has looked better over his last nine games, hitting .353 with nine RBI during that span. Hoskins has done a lot of swinging and missing this year—he's tied for fourth in the Eastern League with 48 strikeouts—but he's offset his low contact rate by producing solid power numbers. The 23-year-old is fifth in the league in homers (eight) and seventh in RBI (30).
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 1:56 PM

Phillies OF prospect Roman Quinn matched a career-high with four hits Tuesday in a win for Double-A Reading.

He also reached base on a walk while scoring four of Reading's 11 runs in a come-from-behind win over Erie. All four hits were singles. Quinn has swung a hot bat recently, hitting .393 with 12 runs scored during his seven-game hitting streak. The 23-year-old now ranks second in the Eastern League in steals (21) behind Harrisburg outfielder Rafael Bautista.
Source: MILB.com
May 25 - 1:44 PM

Cesar Hernandez is not in the Phillies' starting lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers.

Hernandez was dropped from the second spot to the seventh spot in the Philadelphia batting order on Tuesday night and went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. He's slashing just .248/.301/.301 in 43 games this season. Andres Blanco will start at second base and hit seventh Wednesday versus Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez.
May 25 - 10:06 AM

Cody Asche (oblique) went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI on Tuesday night at Double-A Reading.

Asche had been held hitless since moving his minor league rehab assignment from High-A Clearwater to Reading on Sunday. The third baseman turned corner outfielder has been on the disabled list this entire season because of a Grade 1 strain of his right oblique. He should be cleared to rejoin the Phillies on June 1, when his 20-day rehab window will officially close, but there's no reason to have him rostered in a standard mixed fantasy league.
Source: Philly Voice
May 25 - 9:36 AM

Jeremy Hellickson struck out seven and allowed three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers.

The Tigers struck with a run in the first, but Hellickson settled in for a while before coughing up a couple more tallies in the sixth. It was a good showing in what was a tough matchup, but he was easily out-distanced by Justin Verlander. The Phillies' righty will carry a 3.97 ERA into next week's start versus the Nationals.
May 24 - 10:02 PM

Cesar Hernandez has been dropped to seventh in the order for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

Hernandez has mostly batted second recently, but he owns an underwhelming .252/.301/.305 batting line through 42 games. Freddy Galvis will get a chance in the No. 2 spot versus Justin Verlander.
May 24 - 3:31 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin confirmed that Odubel Herrera was pulled from Monday's game against the Tigers for lack of hustle.

Herrera didn't run out a ball to the pitcher in the seventh inning and Mackanin said that he "didn't like it." Fortunately, his exit wasn't injury-related, but Mackanin wanted to teach a lesson to the dynamic 24-year-old.
May 23 - 10:51 PM

Vincent Velasquez was knocked around for three runs on nine hits and two walks over just four frames in Monday's loss to the Tigers.

Velasquez pitched out of trouble a couple times, including a bases-loaded situation in the first inning. However, the Tigers took him deep three times, knocking him out of the game with back-to-back blasts by J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera to lead off the fifth. Velasquez has flashed his enormous upside this season but has also mixed in some clunkers, which isn't a surprise for a 23-year-old with limited big league experience. He'll get the Cubs this weekend.
May 23 - 10:42 PM


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