Player News - Phillies

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Tommy Joseph went 2-for-3 and scored a run against the Red Sox on Saturday.

He missed a few games after getting hit in the hand with a pitch last week. He is batting .260 with two longballs in 50 spring at-bats. He will be the Phillies starting first baseman this year after sharing time at the position with Ryan Howard last year. Joseph hit .257/.308/.505 with 21 home runs and 47 RBI in 347 plate appearances in 2016.
Mar 25 - 5:50 PM

Alec Asher started versus the Red Sox on Saturday and allowed two runs in three innings.

He now owns an unwieldy 7.80 ERA across 15 innings this spring. The 25-year-old was destined for the Triple-A rotation regardless of his results in camp and he hasn't done anything to change management's mind. He started five games for the Phillies last year and notched a 2.28 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings.
Mar 25 - 5:45 PM

Indians returned LHP Hoby Milner to the Phillies.

Milner was selected with the No. 15 pick in the Rule 5 draft, but was unable to make the Tribe's Opening Day bullpen. The 26-year-old southpaw registered a 9.00 ERA and 1.71 WHIP over seven innings in Cactus League play.
Mar 24 - 6:28 PM

Jeremy Hellickson went 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run Friday against the Yankees.

This will go down as Hellickson's longest start of the spring, as the Phillies will back off him a bit next week in advance of his Opening Day start. He lowered his spring ERA from 7.50 to 5.92.
Mar 24 - 5:45 PM

Michael Saunders was removed from Friday's game as a precaution after being hit in the right hand by a pitch.

Saunders simply has a bruise and will be fine. He's batting .213 with one homer this spring.
Mar 24 - 3:39 PM

Michael Saunders departed Friday's game against the Yankees after being hit on the right hand by a pitch.

Saunders went to first base after being plunked but was then removed. The Phillies should have an update on the outfielder before long, but Saunders will likely be sent for X-rays.
Mar 24 - 2:37 PM

Phillies optioned RHP Jake Thompson to Triple-A Lehigh Valley; re-assigned RHP Dalier Hinojosa, INF Hector Gomez and C Logan Moore to minor league camp.

Thompson was already on the outside looking in for a rotation spot when he arrived to camp, and he fell further behind when he got a late start due to a sore wrist. The good news is he's healthy now and there should be an opportunity for him in the Phils' rotation at some point this season.
Mar 24 - 9:18 AM

Phillies optioned OF Tyler Goeddel to Double-A Reading.

The Phils kept Goeddel around all season last year after picking him in the Rule 5 Draft even though he batted just .192/.258/.291, but now they can send him down without losing him. The 24-year-old could use some more seasoning.
Mar 24 - 9:16 AM

Aaron Nola struck out six batters but gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Twins on Thursday.

The light-hitting Tommy Field took Nola deep in the third inning. Nola is sporting an unsightly 6.62 ERA this spring, but he's struck out 19 over 17 2/3 frames and most importantly not shown any signs of last year's elbow issues. Overall, that's encouraging.
Mar 23 - 5:36 PM

Odubel Herrera smacked his first homer of the spring and also added a single in Thursday's loss to the Twins.

Herrera was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to some cramping, but clearly he's fine. He took Nick Tepesch deep in the first inning and then showed off his trademark bat flip that we've all come to know and love. Herrera has eight hits in 22 at-bats this spring and will open the season as the Phillies' No. 3 hitter.
Mar 23 - 5:26 PM

Vincent Velasquez gave up five runs -- four earned -- and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Yankees.

Greg Bird's homers accounted for all of those runs. Velazquez has a 3.07 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings this spring. We don't like his chances of staying healthy enough to make 30 starts, but he should be an asset in mixed leagues early on.
Mar 22 - 4:49 PM

Jeanmar Gomez pitched a perfect ninth inning Wednesday in a loss to the Yankees.

Gomez has allowed just one run -- that coming way back on Feb. 28 -- in 8 2/3 innings this spring, so any chance of him losing the closer's gig prior to Opening Day would seem to be gone. We'd still be surprise if he lasted as long in the ninth as he did last year.
Mar 22 - 4:46 PM

Maikel Franco went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Wednesday against the Yankees.

Franco started out great, hitting three homers in his first two games, but he's down to .208/.250/.453 for the spring. He's hit .156/.208/.244 in 45 at-bats this month. The Phillies seem to be leaning towards hitting Franco cleanup, but they could flip him and likely No. 6 hitter Tommy Joseph with no repercussions.
Mar 22 - 4:44 PM

Odubel Herrera was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup for precautionary reasons.

Herrera is dealing with some cramping, so the Phillies didn't want to take any chances. He should be back to normal soon.
Mar 22 - 8:45 AM

Odubel Herrera went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the Phillies' 9-5 victory over the Twins on Tuesday.

Herrera was making his first appearance for the Phillies since returning from the WBC. The team plugged him right into the third spot in the lineup, which is where he figures to hit during the regular season. It should enhance his chances of finishing as a top-25 fantasy outfielder this year.
Mar 21 - 5:00 PM


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