CSN Philly "It started in Milwaukee. There, after losing nine out of 10 games and getting ready to take on the top team in the National League, the Phillies’ hitters got together to hold a meeting. Discussed were how hitters can approach plate appearances and how the team could give the Phillies one last..." July 12
CSN Philly "As baseball’s trade season heats up, Marlon Byrd will be connected to any team looking for a bat. The Phillies’ rightfielder is having an excellent season. He leads the team in homers (18) and slugging (.481) and is second in RBIs (52). Byrd has been down this road before. He was traded from..." July 12
Phillies send Buchanan to AAA. Grady Sizemore called up from AAA.
CSN Philly "The Phillies are still buried in last place in the National League East and they need a high-powered telescope to see the top of the division. So, nobody of sane mind, or at least nobody who has seen this team play for the past year, will be fooled into thinking that a four-game sweep of the..." July 11
CSN Philly "If a contending team wants Jonathan Papelbon, he’s ready to go. His limited no-trade clause will not be an issue. The Phillies’ closer racked up his 22nd save –- and third in as many games -- in the team’s 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night (see Instant Replay). Papelbon..." July 11
Philly.com "There was thought, Ryne Sandberg said, to granting Roberto Hernandez a shot at his first complete game in almost a year. The sinkerballer limited Milwaukee to one run in eight innings Wednesday on 84 pitches. He attacked an aggressive lineup that has occupied first place for 92 straight days only..." July 10
CSN Philly "Domonic Brown says he knew nothing about general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.’s public criticism of the Phillies’ offense on Monday. Amaro’s call-out of the Phillies’ flaccid bat rack included a threat to make changes if certain unproductive hitters didn’t quickly become productive. You didn’t..." July 09
Cole Hamels can be traded to LAD, LAA, STL, WAS, ATL, NYY, BOS, TEX, SD without his permission, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.
CSN Philly "There will come a time in the coming weeks and months when the Phillies will reach an inevitable transition stage. Personnel changes will be made as the Phils try to reverse their losing ways and become a contender again. No matter what changes are made, it seems likely that Cole Hamels will..." July 08
CSN Philly "Cliff Lee is unlikely to return to the Phillies’ starting pitching rotation until after the all-star break. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Lee would pitch Wednesday for Single A Clearwater. Amaro said Lee would probably require one more minor-league rehab start after that, likely five..." July 08
CSN Philly "Cliff Lee’s first rehab start was shortened to two innings Sunday because of rain. Pitching for the Single-A Clearwater Threshers against the Brevard County Manatees in Viera, Florida, Lee pitched two scoreless innings before play was suspended in the top of the third inning. "I felt fine,"..." July 07
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "A.J. Burnett paused on the mound when he took the field for the bottom of the first Sunday afternoon at PNC Park. He came from the visiting dugout in his Philadelphia Phillies gray and red, yet there he was on the scoreboard in Pirates black as part of a tribute video. Even his old Pirates..." July 07
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "When Edinson Volquez returned to the dugout after walking two batters on nine pitches in the first inning, pitching coach Ray Searage had some instructions. "He slowed me down," Volquez said. "I was too fast to the plate and everything was late, with my hands, to get the ball where I wanted...." July 06
CSN Philly "Ryne Sandberg considered calling a team meeting before the Phillies played the finale of a three-game series against Miami on Thursday night. The Phillies had lost six in a row and the manager had a few things he wanted to say to his lifeless, losing team. Ultimately, Sandberg decided..." July 04
Indeed, Aaron Altherr will make his first major-league start tonight. He's in left.
Cliff Lee will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with Class A Clearwater.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Having already set the major league record for most losses of 13 or more innings in a month, the Marlins on Tuesday didn't let it get that far. After coughing up a late two-run lead, Ed Lucas's 11th-inning RBI-single sent the Marlins to a 5-4, walk-off win over the Phillies at Marlins Park and..." July 02
Cliff Lee threw 60 P to hitters today. Next stop could be minor lg start if bounces back OK.
#Dbacks announced they have obtained SS Ronny Cedeno for C Raywilly Gomez. Minor league deal. Cedeno to Reno, with Ahmed now in majors.
Hardball Talk "The Phillies are in the middle of what appears to be their second losing season in a row, and their third without a playoff appearance. The lack of success with this expensive bunch of old and injury-prone players has led fans to believe that a rebuild is the best path forward to reattaining..." June 29
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Talk about picking yourself up and dusting yourself off. On a trip that started with a series split in Washington to fall out of first place and was nearing a close with Saturday’s day-night doubleheader against a Phillies team that just swept them at home, the Braves responded with a sweep of..." June 29
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves have had a week to stew over their sweep at the hands of the Phillies in Atlanta, and they arrived at Citizens Bank Park ready to do something about it. At least, Freddie Freeman did. With the first two pitches that he saw, Freeman drove in four runs – on a three-run home run in..." June 28
CBSSports.com "Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was hit in the helmet with a pitch Thursday night. And now he's been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list, the Phillies have announced. As a corresponding move, Koyie Hill has been summoned from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ruiz, 35, is hitting..." June 27
CBSSports.com "Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle is having a rough season on the mound and it might run deeper than that. He's been placed on the inactive list by the Reading Fightin Phils (Double-A) and then there's this. The 6-foot-5 lefty was the Phillies first-round selection in 2010 out of..." June 27
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Marlins didn't have a good offensive game Wednesday. They had a good offensive inning, scoring all of their runs and tallying four of their six hits in the fourth. That was just enough for starter Henderson Alvarez and three relievers, who overcame a pair of errors as the Marlins nipped the..." June 26
CSN Philly "The Phillies have pegged Friday as the day for Cliff Lee to face hitters in a simulated game, which is essentially batting practice at full speed. Lee, on the disabled list since May 20 with an elbow strain, is ready to graduate to facing some hitters after throwing for almost two weeks on flat..." June 26
Philly.com "On Monday night, soon after Marlon Byrd capitulated for the final out in another Phillies shutout, the rightfielder grabbed a bat and settled into the black leather chair next to his locker. Byrd, hitless in four at-bats, examined the wooden weapon. While seated, he mimicked his stroke, with extra..." June 25
CBSSports.com "Back in February we learned long-time big league right-hander Curt Schilling had been diagnosed with cancer. He has been receiving treatment in the months since, and, on Wednesday, Schilling announced via Facebook that the cancer is officially in remission." June 25
CBSSports.com "Not long after being cut loose by the Red Sox, outfielder Grady Sizemore has caught on with another club. On Tuesday, the Phillies announced that they signed Sizemore to a minor-league contract. Sizemore, 31, batted .216/.288/.324 in 205 plate appearances for the Red Sox this season before..." June 24
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Most of their recent attempts at home cooking left the Marlins wanting to eat out. Back on the road Monday, they whipped up a more palatable result. The offense still is more fizzle than sizzle, but the seven hits sufficed for starter Nathan Eovaldi and four relievers in the 4-0 win over the..." June 24
CSN Philly "The release of Tyson Gillies on Sunday was the latest reminder of just how poor the Phillies' return was in the December 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle. Two of the three players the Phillies acquired have since been released, and Phillippe Aumont has failed three different times to..." June 24
CBSSports.com "The Phillies come into Tuesday with baseball's seventh worst record at 34-41. They're six games back of the NL East lead and 6.5 games back of a wild-card spot with about a half-dozen teams ahead of them. To call getting to the postseason an uphill climb would be an understatement. Rumblings..." June 24
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The balm emanating from a comeback 5-3 win over Philadelphia at Busch Stadium and the conclusion to a successful 7-3 home stand for the Cardinals was diluted late Sunday afternoon with general manager John Mozeliak’s announcement that two Cardinals rotation members were headed for the 15-day..." June 23
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Kolten Wong spent the 2½ weeks after jamming his left shoulder in June trying to fight through discomfort, to mostly negative results. Now Wong will get a chance to rest his shoulder as he heads to the 15-day disabled list, manager Mike Matheny announced after the Cardinals' 4-1 win Saturday at..." June 22
CSN Philly "High-ranking scouts from the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles were on hand to watch A.J. Burnett pitch his first complete game of the season as the sizzling Phillies won again, 5-1, over the St. Louis Cardinals at moth-infested Busch Stadium on Friday night. Burnett is one of those..." June 21
heard phillies are a team that's reached out to grady sizemore. but there are others, as well. seems like a low-risk play.
CSN Philly "Throughout the mostly disappointing first three months of this Phillies season, Ryne Sandberg has frequently said he believes his team has a run of winning baseball in it. The run is officially upon us. Fresh from a three-game sweep in Atlanta, the Phillies rolled in to Busch Stadium on Ryan..." June 20
Baseball America "Yasmani Tomas, one of the top young power hitters in Cuba and a member of the national team, has left the island to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned. The Cuban newspaper Granma also confirmed that Tomas had left the country. Tomas is 23 and has played..." June 20
Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal spoke to Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA. The topic: smokeless tobacco. Tony Gwynn was a personal hero of Clark’s, and Rosenthal asked him if Gwynn’s death — almost certainly caused by smokeless tobacco use — was enough to get the union to either push for or agree to a ban on smokeless..." June 20
CSN Philly "The heat can do funny things to the mind. So on a day when the temperature at Turner Field was 90 degrees and climbing at first pitch, you had to wonder: Is this real, or is it some shimmering mirage meant to tease fans who hope for a meaningful summer of baseball in Philadelphia? The..." June 18
CSN Philly "Baseball is a game of adjustments, they say, and after getting tattooed all season long in the first inning, Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick made an adjustment to his pre-game warmup routine Tuesday night. Instead climbing the bullpen mound about 20 minutes before game time, Kendrick started..." June 18
CSN Philly "Cliff Lee says he has made excellent strides in his recovery from an elbow strain over the last few days. The left-hander was able throw from a bullpen mound Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list and he was pleased with the results. “It feels real good,” said Lee, who..." June 18
CSN Philly "Hard to believe that the Phillies could go 10 straight innings without scoring a run and still come out with a victory Monday night, but that’s the way it was at Turner Field. Ryan Howard homered in the second inning and drove in his team’s second run of the game in the top of the 13th..." June 17
CSN Chicago "Travis Wood pitched hitless ball into the sixth inning, and the Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-0, on Sunday to win a road series for the first time this season. Anthony Rizzo hit his 14th home run, and Starlin Castro added three hits as the Cubs took two of three at Citizens Bank..." June 15
Philly.com "Phillies righthander David Buchanan not only was proud to see history Saturday, but to be part of it. On the day Jimmy Rollins broke Mike Schmidt's team record with his 2,235th career hit, Buchanan was the winning pitcher in a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. Despite..." June 15
CSN Philly "The fireworks have stopped and the champagne glasses have been put away. Jimmy Rollins has overtaken Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt as the Phillies’ all-time leader with 2,235 hits. Now, the question that has quietly lingered in the background becomes louder. How much longer will Rollins be a..." June 15
Chicago Tribune "The loss of Emilio Bonifacio and the presence of lurking scouts will test the Cubs' focus leading up to at least the July 31 trade deadline. And they could learn Saturday whether they could be without the services of closer Hector Rondon for an extended period. Friday night, the Cubs..." June 14
ESPN.com "Jimmy Rollins added yet another milestone to his 15-year career as he became the Philadelphia Phillies' all-time hit leader with No. 2,235 coming against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Rollins laced a 3-1 single to right field off Edwin Jackson in the fifth inning to pass Hall of Famer Mike..." June 14