Covers.com "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01
Hardball Talk "The Phillies made official today what everyone expected would happen when they informed Domonic Brown that will start the season on the disabled list. Brown has been dealing with a sore left Achilles since last week and his recovery was said to be coming along slowly." March 31
Philly.com "Take me out to the ball game. Take me out to the ... bar? Beer has been part of baseball forever. But in a first this season, the Phillies and Aramark will sell cocktails and wine on the main concourse's general concession areas at Citizens Bank Park. If you think that the idea of a..." March 31
New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31
So, there you go: Cole Hamels is "named" Opening Day starter. Breaking news!
CSN Philly "Maybe it was nothing. But, then again, maybe it was something. Maybe Alex Anthopoulos, general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, popped into Bright House Field on Friday afternoon because he enjoys those Delco’s cheesesteaks that they sell behind home plate. Or maybe he was there to see..." March 29
Ryno said Dom Brown (Achilles) is coming along "slowly." Opening Day? "Could be unlikely," the manager said.
CBSSports.com "Top young Cuban righthander Yadier Alvarez is drawing interest from many major-league teams, including the Dodgers, Nationals, Blue Jays, Rangers, Phillies, Cardinals, Twins and Giants. Alvarez, who consistently registers 94-97 mph and recently hit 99, has petitioned MLB to be made eligible to..." March 28
Ryno said Dom Brown (Achilles) is coming along "slowly." Opening Day? "Could be unlikely," the manager said.
Courier-Post "It is the easiest question the Philadelphia Phillies will face this year. Who is the Phillies’ Opening Day starter? Common sense says it will be left-hander Cole Hamels, though Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg wouldn’t go as far as to confirm that after Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Blue..." March 27
MLB.com "This is just another small step for Phillies right-hander Chad Billingsley, but he is encouraged. He pitched two scoreless innings Thursday in a Minor League Spring Training game against the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate at Carpenter Complex. Billingsley, 30, allowed two hits. He faced seven..." March 26
Courier-Post "The battle for the No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation received no clarity during Wednesday’s game against the Astros. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez had another rough start during the Phillies’ 7-1 loss. He surrendered two home runs and Houston peppered him for eight hits and four runs in his..." March 26
Hardball Talk "Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino used to play in Philly, so when the biggest offseason trade rumors involve a Phillies player being traded from Philly to Boston, he’s a logical guy to go to for a comment. Which is what the Philadelphia Daily News did a few days ago. Victorino’s comments..." March 26
Courier-Post "Outfielder Domonic Brown is trying to not look too far ahead, but he is hoping to be ready in time for the Phillies’ regular-season opener April 6. Brown has been sidelined since he left Thursday’s game because of tendinitis in his left Achilles. An MRI did not show a tear. Brown played catch..." March 25
Yesterday's MRI revealed Mario Hollands has a strain in his common flexor tendon.
Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is “easily attainable” if an acquiring team is willing to take on his remaining contract. Utley’s contract is quite interesting: he signed a two-year, $27 million extension with the Phillies in August 2013, but it came..." March 22
Odubel Herrera felt something tweak in his right knee after reaching on bunt single in the 7th and was removed as a precaution. #Phillies
Phillies have reassigned C Tommy Joseph to minor league camp.
Domonic Brown's MRI today showed no tear in his left Achilles. Has moderate tendinitis. Could be up to a week before he plays again.
CBSSports.com "The Rangers and Phillies continue to remain in contact regarding star Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, according to people familiar with the talks. The teams have discussed Rangers prospects who'd go in a package for Hamels, but the sides were said to be still far apart. At this point, the..." March 21
CBS Sports Fantasy News "Phillies OF Domonic Brown is scheduled to have an MRI Friday on his sore Achilles' heel, which forced him to leave Thursday's game and has bothered him for the past few weeks, per The News Journal. " March 20
Phillies optioned INF Maikel Franco, RHP Nefi Ogando and LHP Joely Rodriguez to minor league camp.
MLB.com "Domonic Brown sounded deflated tonight at George M. Steinbrenner Field. He left a Grapefruit League game against the Yankees in the third inning because of soreness in his left Achilles. He said in the visitors’ clubhouse the Achilles had been bothering him for a couple weeks. “They’re..." March 19
Sports On Earth "We're waiting -- patiently, expectantly, sometimes obnoxiously -- for a Cole Hamels trade that, for all we know, might never materialize. And the way things are trending in Phillies camp, with Cliff Lee pulling up lame and Aaron Harang battling a bum back and Jerome Williams scratched from..." March 18
Courier-Post "A great start by David Buchanan couldn't have been any more timely for the Phillies. Given the rash of injuries Philadelphia starting pitchers have endured over the course of spring training, Buchanan's standout performance was much needed after Tuesday's originally scheduled starter, Jerome..." March 18
Philly.com "Cliff Lee’s future became dimmer on Monday when the Phillies placed him on the disabled list and sent him home from spring training. Lee, 36, was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a left forearm strain. Doctors have recommended surgery, which would ultimately end Lee’s season. Instead,..." March 17
MLB.com "Cliff Lee’s season and possibly career is in serious jeopardy, which makes Aaron Harang’s health an important issue. He already has been scratched twice from starts because of back issues, but he threw a bullpen session this morning at Bright House Field and said he expects to start in a..." March 16
MLB.com "A little more than three weeks before Opening Day, the Phillies have some serious health questions about their rotation. Cliff Lee threw Thursday, but the discomfort in his left elbow remained. He is trying to pitch with a tear in the common flexor tendon, but if he cannot pitch then..." March 14
Hardball Talk "Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle has had a tough two years, dealing with the whooping cough as well as a concussion as a result of being hit by hail. The hail destroyed Biddle’s car, imagine what it could do to one’s skull. Biddle began to struggle in June last season as a result of..." March 14
The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14
Courier-Post "At some point, every player must face his own baseball mortality. Sometimes a pitcher can see it approaching as he finds himself in a gradual decline until he realizes it’s time to leave the game. But for others, including the Phillies’ veteran left-hander Cliff Lee, the end can be..." March 12
New York Post "The current rotation concerns of the Yankees and Rangers could be worse — Cliff Lee could have accepted one of the two highest total bids in December 2010. Lee turned down the Yankees’ seven-year, $150 million offer and the six year, $138 million bid of the Rangers — the teams viewed as the..." March 11
CSN Philly "Cliff Lee knows the scalpel is looming. He’s going to do his best to avoid it. “If I have surgery, the season is over, so we’re going to try to go out there and throw and see if I can get through it,” he said after hearing back from orthopedist James Andrews on Tuesday. Lee has been shut..." March 11
MLB Trade Rumors "Cliff Lee‘s season — and possibly his career — is in jeopardy due to a torn flexor tendon in his left elbow, effectively eliminating him as a trade chip for the Phillies and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. The Philadelphia GM told ESPN’s Jayson Stark, however, that losing one of his two ace-caliber trade chips..." March 11
Cliff Lee still has tear in flexor tendon. Will try to throw for a short period of time and see if improves. If not surgery likely
Covers.com "Philadelphia Phillies officials consulted with noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews about starting pitcher Cliff Lee's elbow and the prognosis was not good. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday the club is "not terribly optimistic" that the 36-year-old left-hander will be able to avoid..." March 10
CSN Philly "Ryan Howard had a pair of singles for the Phillies. He and Asche were the lone regulars in the starting lineup. Sources say the Orioles are keeping an eye on Howard this spring. On the pitching side, Aaron Harang, Adam Morgan and Paul Clemens each pitched two scoreless innings. Phillippe..." March 10
Philly.com "Larry Greene was selected with the 39th overall pick in the 2011 draft. The Phillies front office liked the big bodied kid out of Georgia, and saw him as a raw athlete who could bring considerable power to a big league lineup one day. But less than four years later, Greene has informed the..." March 09
Philly.com "Cliff Lee said on Monday that if he opts to have surgery on his left elbow, he would likely miss the rest of the season and possibly more. “It would be 6-8 months out,” Lee said. “So basically if I have the surgery this season will be done. Possibly my career I guess. I don't know. We'll have..." March 09
Hardball Talk "From Nick Cafardo’s notes in the Boston Globe … According to one Phillies source, the Yankees have come the closest to landing [Cole] Hamels, offering a package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks. So it sounds like this is something the Phillies..." March 09
Ruben Amaro said this morning one team has "stepped up and has shown more particular interest" in Cole Hamels over the last couple days.
Cliff Lee has discomfort in left elbow.
Delaware Online "Jonathan Papelbon was a man of few words after his Grapefruit League debut Saturday against the Blue Jays. Papelbon struck out two batters and allowed one hit during the sixth inning of the Phillies' 4-2 loss. He was impressive in his appearance, throwing fastballs that hovered around 93 mph..." March 08
ESPN.com "The Philadelphia Phillies have temporarily shut down Cliff Lee after the veteran left-hander felt renewed discomfort in his pitching elbow. The Phillies announced Sunday that Lee, who started only 13 games last season due to an elbow strain, underwent an MRI on Friday. The exam did not..." March 08
Hardball Talk "Philadelphia signed Chad Billingsley to an incentive-laden one-year deal in the hopes that he’ll bounce back well from Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he’s not expected to be big league-ready until late April.” That’s no surprise given that..." March 04
Howard just spoke for the 1st time this spring. He said he cut out sugar from his diet starting back in Nov. & has lost 15-20 lbs. #Phillies
Boston Herald "Despite the presence of a Philadelphia Phillies executive at JetBlue Park to scout the Boston Red Sox on Monday, there are no signs of any progress in trade talks involving Cole Hamels, two major league sources told The Boston Herald. Charley Kerfeld, a special assistant to the general manager..." March 03
NESN "Cole Hamels this, Cole Hamels that. It’s impossible to bring up the Boston Red Sox in spring training without Hamels’ name coming up. The Red Sox’s lack of a starting pitcher who is considered a true ace has been a major storyline in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Red Sox opened their exhibition..." March 03
Chase Utley's right ankle isn't completely healthy. Didn't work out today. "They're not going to play him for a little while," Amaro said.
Philly.com "Jonathan Pettibone visited three doctors and underwent several MRIs last year but never got an answer as to what was ailing his pitching shoulder. It was not until a surgeon looked inside his shoulder, the 24-year-old righthander said Saturday, that Pettibone learned the issue. He underwent an..." February 28