Phillies Rumors & News

  • Poor pitching, no offense, same story: Phillies lose again to Marlins

    CSN Philly "What was more disturbing, the way Cole Hamels pitched or the way the Phillies’ offense was manhandled by a soft-tosser who was pondering retirement a few months ago? On Derby Day, let’s make it a daily double. Both circumstances were pretty troubling. The Miami Marlins made easy work of the..." May 03

  • Ozuna's third double keys Marlins walk-off win over Phillies

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Marcell Ozuna still hasn't hit his first homer, but the Marlins won't mind if he keeps having games like Friday. The third of Ozuna's three doubles came in the ninth inning off Phillies' reliever Ken Giles and sent the Marlins to a series-opening 4-3, walk-off win at Marlins Park. Ozuna became..." May 02

  • Chad Billingsley to make major league return Tuesday "Chad Billingsley, who has made just two starts since 2012, will make his major-league return Tuesday for the Phillies against the Atlanta Braves. Billingsley, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2013 and a flexor tendon operation last June, signed with the Phillies in January to a..." May 02

  • Howard sets record on eve of gaining full no-trade rights

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard set a Phillies team record Friday night by playing in his 1,299th career game at first base. He passed Fred Luderus, who played for the Phils from 1910 to 1920. Since making his big-league debut in 2004, only five active players, Albert Pujols, Mark Teixeira, Adrian Gonzalez, Adam..." May 02

  • Villanueva gives Cards a steady hand

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals were looking for a pitcher to establish himself as a viable rotation replacement player on Thursday. And they found one. It just wasn’t the one they were considering. Rookie lefthander Tim Cooney started in place of injured Adam Wainwright against the Philadelphia Phillies at..." May 01

  • Bourjos' speed boosts Cardinals in come-from-behind win

    Fox Sports Midwest "The Cardinals know full well the value Peter Bourjos' speed can bring off the bench both on the basepaths and in the outfield late in tight games. The lightning-fast centerfielder showed he's also capable of providing a jolt to the lineup, especially when he's hitting the ball. Bourjos..." April 30

  • Phillies GM hints Jays calling about Hamels "The Philadelphia Phillies’ general manager strongly suggested that the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in left-hander Cole Hamels in an unusually candid interview. “I guarantee I’ll get more grey hairs from my daughter driving than any trade talks with Mozeliak, Anthopoulos and Cherington,”..." April 30

  • Cardinals spoil Phillies rookie's MLB debut in 11-5 win

    Viva El Birdos "Sometimes a pitcher will make his MLB debut and due to an unfamiliarity with the pitcher's repertoire and style, he'll dominate the opposing offense. That was not the case tonight. Not even close. With an unimpressive 4.59 ERA (4.60 FIP) in AA last year and 17 IP with a 4.58 K/9 in AAA so far..." April 29

  • Report: Phillies Scouting Red Sox High-A Club; Could Have Eyes On Manuel Margot

    NESN "The Cole Hamels trade rumors aren’t going away anytime soon, especially given the recent pitching struggles of the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox lost again Tuesday night after a disastrous start from right-hander Clay Buchholz. The Boston rotation has been one of the worst in baseball to start..." April 29

  • Hamels dominates, Phillies beat Cardinals 4-1

    Delco Times "Finally, Cole Hamels got a few runs to work with. The Phillies put some key hits in the right places and the lefty won for the first time in seven starts dating to last September in a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. “You just know that you don’t have to be as..." April 28

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    Phillies @Phillies

    OF Domonic Brown has returned from his rehab assignment, reinstated from the 15-day DL and optioned to @IronPigs.

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    Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

    Brown said he will join Phils on Wed. Not so fast. Ryno said no serious talks about it, but "I don't know that he's ready" for ML pitching.

  • Howard powers Phillies past Braves

    Delco Times "yan Howard went 3-for-4, including a first-inning home run, as the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves, 5-4, Sunday afternoon. Jerome Williams picked up the win after pitching into the seventh inning." April 27

  • Phillies hoping to deal Jonathan Papelbon to Red Sox

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "The Phillies are trying to convince the Red Sox to trade for closer Jonathan Papelbon, according to the Boston Globe. Such a deal could make sense for Boston considering that current closer Koji Uehara has lost a bit of velocity and owns an uncharacterstic 4.15 ERA with two runs and five hits..." April 27

  • The market for Cole Hamels is getting bigger

    Hardball Talk "Over the winter and during spring training, many columns were filed criticizing Phillies GM Ruben Amaro for not trading ace Cole Hamels. Amaro was being too unrealistic, they said. The risk of Hamels getting injured was too high to not sell now, they wrote. Amaro, often criticized beyond what..." April 27

  • Gillick hopes somebody will notice Howard heating up

    Delco Times "The Phillies head out of town for 10 days, and this season the long road trips will create a sense of wonder as to whether the team will return with all of their veterans still on the roster. The Detroit Tigers’ continued closer troubles quickly brought Jonathan Papelbon’s name back into the..." April 27

  • Miller stays hot, lineup tweaks pay off as Braves take out Phillies

    Fox Sports South "With the first two spots in the lineup struggling, Fredi Gonzalez revamped his lineup and the results paid off -- for nearly everyone involved. Dropped down to eighth after hitting leadoff for 11 games, Eric Young Jr. delivered the go-ahead double in a three-run seventh as the Braves broke out..." April 26

  • Phillies' Domonic Brown feels 'outstanding' with Lehigh Valley IronPigs, nearing return "With his left Achilles tendinitis a thing of the past, Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is in the final stages of his rehab assignment with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. While he said he feels "outstanding" health-wise, there's one last battle to get past. "Some at-bats you feel locked in and..." April 25

  • Phillies 1, Braves 0

    CSN Philly "Aaron Harang spun a two-hitter through eight innings Friday night at Citizens Bank Park against the Atlanta Braves, but it was only good enough for a no-decision. Instead, the Phillies needed to cash in on errors by the top fielding team in baseball to eek out a 1-0 victory. Ben Revere got..." April 25

  • Papelpon wont be happy if he's not traded

    Hardball Talk "There’s no denying Jonathan Papelbon is a fierce competitor. The five-time All-Star signed a $50 million contract with the Phillies back in 2011 because he felt he had a good chance to win baseball games and compete for a World Series. But if you have listened closely to the Phillies’..." April 24

  • Marlins end tumultuous trip with laugher in Philly

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "For all the hand-wringing, soul-searching and "palace intrigue," the Marlins concluded a tumultuous three-city trip Thursday as they began it, by winning a series. They actually returned home on a winning streak after David Phelps flummoxed the Phillies for seven shutout innings on the way to..." April 24

  • Phillies lack of fundamentals frustrating manager Ryne Sandberg

    Newark Star-Ledger "More alarming than the 14 run differential against the Miami Marlins that led to the Phillies back-to-back losses this week, at least to Ryne Sandberg, is the team's lack of sound fundamentals. Against Miami in the past two games alone, the Phillies committed five errors. No play seems to..." April 24

  • Phillies' flubs help Marlins end skid

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "For a rare night, karma took a seat in the Marlins' dugout. They scored first with the aid of an error and took the lead for good on a balk. Two more errors produced four important add-on runs as boos rained late Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park. Most important, the Marlins got the quality..." April 23

  • Sandberg won't move struggling Utley out of 3-spot

    CSN Philly "When Ryan Howard was in the cleanup spot earlier this season killing rallies, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg alleviated the situation by moving him down in the order to seventh. Howard has since batted fifth, sixth and seventh, hitting his first home run of the season Tuesday night out of the..." April 23

  • Howard hits first homer as Phillies sink Marlins "Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna halfheartedly leaped in front of the center-field wall, to no avail. Ryan Howard rounded first base as Dan Haren's belt-high splitter found a home in the Citizens Bank Park bushes. Howard's first home run of the season - a two-run shot in the sixth inning -..." April 22

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    Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

    Phillies place RHP Sean O’Sullivan on 15-day DL with left knee tendinitis, recall RHP Hector Neris from Lehigh Valley. McGowan starts Thu.

  • With Span back and Strasburg sharp, Nationals look like they’d expected in 4-1 win

    Washington Post "When Denard Span took center field Sunday afternoon, flanked by Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth, the Nationals’ projected starting outfield materialized for the first time this year. When Span led off the bottom of the first, the top of the Nationals’ order took a more familiar shape. The..." April 20

  • MLB sets attendance record for first 2 weekends of season

    The Score "Baseball is proving, yet again, that it's not a dying sport. The first chunk of the 2015 season provided concrete evidence that America's pastime is alive and well. Major League Baseball games across the sport's 30 parks drew 1.5 million fans during each of the first two weekends for the..." April 20

  • Joe Buck has a truly awful suggestion about how to improve MLB broadcasts "Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver's seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night's..." April 20

  • Ben Revere provides spark as Phillies beat Nationals

    CSN Philly "Ben Revere began the day scratching his head about not being in the starting lineup for the third day in a row. He ended it with a big smile on his face after coming off the bench and making four important offensive plays to help the Phillies rally for a 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals on..." April 19

  • GM: Phillies’ Asking Price For Cole Hamels Hasn’t Dropped ‘One Bit’

    NESN "The Philadelphia Phillies still aren’t blinking. One major league general manager who recently inquired about Phillies ace Cole Hamels told The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo that Philadelphia’s asking price for the left-hander still hasn’t dropped despite him struggling in two of his three..." April 19

  • Bryce Harper homers, Max Scherzer cruises as Nationals handle Phillies again, 7-2

    Washington Post "Washington Nationals hitting coach Rick Schu has a phrase he uses when right fielder Bryce Harper tries to do too much at the plate. Schu calls it “raging out at the ball,” and it often includes lots of motion from the lower half of Harper’s body that prevents his head from staying still. Solid..." April 18

  • Ruben Amaro on Andy Oliver's decision to elect free agency: "I think it was a very foolish move on his part"

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies made a pair of selections in this past winter’s Rule 5 draft. They took second baseman Odubel Herrera from the Rangers and converted him to a center fielder, and they took left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver from the Pirates. Oliver was competing for a spot in the Phillies’ bullpen and..." April 18

  • Nationals make most of opportunities, beat Cole Hamels and Phillies, 5-2

    Washington Post "After scoring two runs in four of the season’s first five games, the Washington Nationals managed two runs in a matter of moments Thursday night in a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. And they came in almost comedic fashion in the sixth inning. With Jayson Werth on second and Bryce Harper..." April 17

  • Mets tied for first after sweeping Phillies

    New York Post "On the day the Mets put David Wright on the disabled list — from general manager Sandy Alderson to manager Terry Collins on down — they claimed they wouldn’t feel sorry for themselves, wouldn’t let a pity party derail their momentum. Then they went out and built on that momentum with a fourth..." April 16

  • Mets win Matt Harvey's wild return to Citi, but David Wright hurt in 'weird' game

    New York Daily News "This particular Harvey Day started with fans chanting Matt Harvey’s name before he’d even thrown a pitch. But the lingering image of the Mets’ 6-5 victory Tuesday night over the Phillies was not from Harvey’s return to the Citi Field mound. It came afterward in the Met clubhouse, where David..." April 15

  • Jacob deGrom solid as Mets shut out Phillies, 2-0, in home opener

    New York Daily News "Jeurys Familia let out a little roar and David Wright smiled to himself. In the excitement at Citi Field, nobody seemed to notice. A record crowd had jumped to its feet to celebrate Familia finishing off a double-play and it was anticipating the closer getting the final out of the Mets’ 2-0 win..." April 14

  • Baseball’s new metal detectors won’t keep you safe. They’ll just make you miss a few innings.

    Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14

  • Nationals squander another lead late but rally in 10th to beat Phillies

    Washington Post "The first week of the Washington Nationals’ season has been an adventure. But the concerns about the inconsistent bullpen and the meager lineup were covered up, at least momentarily, when novice first baseman Ryan Zimmerman made a diving play to his right with two Phillies on base and the..." April 13

  • Herrera’s first career hit lifts Phils over Nats

    Courier-Post "Odubel Herrera had to wipe shaving cream from his dreadlocks, a small price to pay after lining a walk-off double for his first major league hit. Herrera drove in the winning run in the 10th inning, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-2 comeback victory over the Washington Nationals on..." April 12

  • Phils prospect Valentin suspended following domestic arrest

    CSN Philly "Jesmuel Valentin, an infield prospect in the Phillies’ minor-league system, has been placed on Major League Baseball’s restricted list following a domestic violence incident in the Clearwater area last weekend, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday. “He was arrested,” Amaro said. “Major..." April 12

  • Phillies wait out Gio Gonzalez, ride four-run seventh to win against Nationals

    CSN Philly "Crooked numbers will be hard to come by for the 2015 Phillies, but through four games they’ve used two big innings to pull off a pair of wins over two teams many have picked to play meaningful baseball in October. The Phils on Friday night began a grueling 10-game stretch against dominant..." April 11

  • MLB, union prohibit players from daily fantasy games "Major League Baseball and the players' association have agreed to a deal that forbids players from playing in daily fantasy baseball games that involve a prize, but still allows them to endorse these companies. Earlier this week, at the IMG World Congress in California, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 11

  • Big third inning carries Red Sox over Phillies, 6-2

    CSN New England "The Red Sox seemed to bleed the Philadelphia Phillies to death Thursday night, taking full advantage of six walks and three errors by the home team while pounding out 11 hits -- all but one of them singles -- in an easy 6-2 victory. Justin Masterson pitched six strong innings, stumbling only in..." April 10

  • Finding the trade fit between Phillies and Padres

    CSN Philly "Just before first pitch between the Phillies and Red Sox Wednesday night, Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. went on WIP with Jim Jackson for his first weekly segment of the regular season geared toward fan interaction. One comment made by Amaro stuck out — his disclosure that he has “fielded plenty of..." April 10

  • Jonathan Papelbon: I Want To Go Into Hall Of Fame As Member Of Red Sox

    NESN "Jonathan Papelbon’s life, career and reputation changed forever after the 2011 season. Papelbon left the Boston Red Sox to sign a four-year, $50 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. It’s been a bumpy ride ever since despite the veteran closer still getting the job done between the..." April 10

  • Through the gloom, Phillies deliver an entertaining win over Red Sox

    CSN Philly "There is an unmistakable feel of gloom around this Phillies team. Nothing was done in the offseason to improve an 89-loss club and it’s not difficult to imagine the team pushing triple digits this season. But even as good seats go empty at Citizens Bank Park and fans count the hours until the..." April 09

  • Mario Hollands undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "According to Jim Salisbury of, Phillies left-hander Mario Hollands underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday. The procedure was called a success, as most athletic procedures are in the hours after they’re completed. Hollands is going to miss the entire 2015..." April 09

  • MLB Has Started Issuing Warnings To Those Violating Pace-Of-Play Rules "This offseason, MLB instituted a handful of new rules aimed at speeding up games. Less than a week into the season, the league seems to be making an effort to stay on top of the enforcement of these new rules. The new rules require batters to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box..." April 09

  • Red Sox rout Phillies on Opening Day

    Boston Herald "To say Clay Buchholz outdueled Cole Hamels in the Red Sox’ season opener yesterday would imply that the Philadelphia Phillies ace brought a sword to the fight. Buchholz won this one in a landslide, leading the Red Sox to an 8-0 win on their first-ever interleague Opening Day. The..." April 07