Phillies Rumors & News

  • Phillies shut out Diamondbacks

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Philadelphia welcomed Vincent Velasquez's return to the starting rotation with a season-high 16 hits while getting some quick payback against Arizona on Monday. Velasquez threw five scoreless innings while hitting 97 mph with his fastball, and center fielder Odubel Herrera and..." June 28

  • Phillies prospect suffers career-threatening eye injury

    The Good Phight "ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports the Phillies’ second round draft pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, left-handed pitcher Matt Imhof, has suffered an eye injury during a routine stretching exercise that is considered career threatening. Imhof, who was not listed among the Phils’ top 30 prospects heading..." June 28

  • Confessions of a Steroid Pioneer

    Bleacher Report ""This is going to be awesome, bro," the man with no front teeth—upper or lower—tells me. Steak, medium-rare, sizzles on the platter. Sauteed mushrooms beckon from their bowl. Loaded baked potatoes are floating nearby like a couple of delicious, cumulous clouds. We have come to meet and dine..." June 27

  • Rupp homer propels Phillies past Giants

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- When explaining why he was planning to start Carlos Ruiz in Sunday's series finale against the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin noted that "he's my best-hitting catcher." But after watching Cameron Rupp's power display Saturday night, the..." June 26

  • Velasquez, agents have discussed innings limit

    The Score "Vincent Velasquez is considering cutting his season short for his own benefit. The Philadelphia Phillies right-hander, who's scheduled to return from the disabled list Monday, said he and agent Scott Boras have discussed a self-imposed innings limit for the season. "The agents and I..." June 26

  • Gillaspie walk-off double pushes Giants past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants added to their major-league lead in walk-off wins Sunday. It came from an unusual source. Conor Gillaspie followed a double by Ramiro Pena with a double of his own into the right-field corner, providing the Giants an 8-7 win over the..." June 26

  • Schilling says he would return to ESPN under new ownership

    Awful Announcing "Ever since Curt Schllling was fired by ESPN back in April, he’s been keeping busy making political posts on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, appearing on Boston’s WEEI Radio and talking on various conservative talk shows. He also did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) chat taking questions on..." June 26

  • Giants rally past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants began play Friday with a .397 batting average with the bases loaded, tops in baseball, whereas the Philadelphia Phillies were at .192, the third-worst in the majors. Three critical situations later, the Giants are now at .407, the Phillies at..." June 25

  • Expect Adam Morgan's demotion and Vince Velasquez's return "The Phillies would not announce it yet, but Pete Mackanin said he had a decent idea of what he will do Monday, when Adam Morgan's next turn in the rotation comes. Expect Vince Velasquez to rejoin the staff as Morgan's replacement. "It's still up in the air," Mackanin said. "It's not..." June 24

  • Twins rally, hand Phillies ninth loss in a row

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- In a seesaw game between two struggling teams, it was the Minnesota Twins who struck the final blow. Max Kepler's seventh-inning sacrifice fly provided the Twins with the winning run in a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night at Target Field. With..." June 23

  • Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Las Vegas to one day have a MLB team

    Hardball Talk "The NHL will soon bring an expansion team in Las Vegas, while the NFL and NBA have continued interest in the city. Major League Baseball is no different. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Vegas one day having a major league team. In the past, Major League Baseball has been..." June 23

  • Suzuki drives in six as Twins outslug Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "By Dan Myers, The Sports Xchange MINNEAPOLIS -- With a chance for his first career cycle, Kurt Suzuki played it safe and settled instead for his second two-run double of the game. Suzuki finished with a career high six RBIs in leading the Minnesota Twins to a 14-10 win over the..." June 22

  • Diamondbacks score early to sweep Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- In winning the first three of a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Arizona Diamondbacks took until the middle innings to seize control. For Monday's series finale, they got everything they needed right up front. The Diamondbacks scored three runs..." June 20

  • Philadelphia Phillies claim Phil Klein on waivers

    Lone Star Ball "The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed righthanded reliever Phil Klein on waivers from the Texas Rangers, according to John Blake on Twitter. Klein was designated for assignment last week when the Rangers activated Robinson Chirinos from the 60 day disabled list, necessitating a move to clear a..." June 20

  • Bradley, Diamondbacks breeze past reeling Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Coming off a disappointing start where he let a home run get the best of him, Archie Bradley told himself he wanted to work pitch-by-pitch Sunday afternoon and not get rattled. Philadelphia's offense was the perfect foe for that approach. Bradley kept the Phillies'..." June 19

  • Greinke, Goldschmidt lead Diamondbacks past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The way the Philadelphia Phillies' offense has been the last month, they've been struggling to put runs together against any pitcher on the mound against them. The Arizona Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke, last year's Cy Young award runner-up, is not just any pitcher. And against a..." June 18

  • Pillar, Encarnacion help Blue Jays rout Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Edwin Encarnacion has been leading the offensive parade all season for the Toronto Blue Jays. On Thursday night, Kevin Pillar fell in step. Pillar hit two home runs and Encarnacion homered and drove in four runs as the Blue Jays battered the Philadelphia Phillies 13-2...." June 17

  • Diamondbacks demolish Phillies, 10-2

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Citizens Bank Park, the Philadelphia Phillies' home stadium, is a special place for Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Yasmany Tomas. It might someday be significant for his teammate, Peter O'Brien, as well. Tomas and O'Brien hit two home runs apiece as the Diamondbacks..." June 17

  • Setting odds for Ryan Braun's possible landing spots

    The Comeback "Two years ago, the idea of the Milwaukee Brewers trading Ryan Braun was ludicrous. Hell, even a year ago, trading Braun seemed like a pipe dream for Milwaukee, even as they started unloading every player with any positive value. That was mainly due to his declining production and unwieldy..." June 16

  • Phillies' Asher suspended 80 games for PEDs

    The Score "Alec Asher, the 24-year-old right-hander who debuted with the Philadelphia Phillies last year, was suspended 80 games Thursday after testing positive for a dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a performance-enhancing substance, reports's Todd Zolecki. " June 16

  • Estrada, Encarnacion lead Blue Jays over Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The Toronto Blue Jays' turnaround is complete. So is their arsenal. Marco Estrada ran his personal winning streak to four and Edwin Encarnacion homered for the fifth time in as many games as the Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2. Josh Donaldson also..." June 15

  • Ranking the 30 teams from least likely to most likely to acquire Jose Reyes

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Wednesday, the Rockies officially cut ties with shortstop Jose Reyes by designating him for assignment. The team now has 10 days to trade, release, or waive him. Reyes has finished serving his 51-game suspension under the league's domestic violence policy, but with rookie Trevor..." June 15

  • Are You Ready For Unbearable Trade Rumor Season?

    Deadspin "Listen, can you hear it? A faint whisper grows louder. “The Cubbies could use another bat on the bench.” it says. “Why not trade for Andrew McCutchen?” That’s right, my friends, it is almost Unbearable Trade Rumor season, the time of year when baseball fans, radio callers, and hometown..." June 15

  • Ranking All 30 MLB Farm Systems, Post 2016 MLB Draft

    Bleacher Report "The 2016 MLB draft is in the books, with 1,216 players selected over the course of the 40-round, three-day event. With no clear-cut No. 1 talent in this year's class, the first round was as unpredictable as any in recent memory and a number of highly regarded prospects wound up slipping below..." June 15

  • Donaldson has five RBIs as Blue Jays rout Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson is a quick study. Facing Zach Eflin, a right-hander who was making his major-league debut on Tuesday afternoon for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Toronto Blue Jays third baseman connected for a grand slam, two doubles and five RBIs. Donaldson's outburst and..." June 14

  • Eickhoff, Phillies blank Blue Jays

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays might have experienced a letdown Monday after winning three of four tense games with the Baltimore Orioles, an American League East rival. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, however, gave the credit to Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff, who pitched six strong..." June 13

  • Man who threw beer bottle at Howard turns himself in

    Philly Voice "The man who allegedly threw an aluminum beer bottle at Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard earlier this month turned himself in to Philadelphia police on Friday. Sidney Smith, 21 of Wilmington, Delaware, was issued a summary citation for disorderly conduct and released by police at..." June 13

  • Werth drives in two in 9th as Nats beat Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- At the time it seemed like a curious move - or non-move - by Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker. With the score tied at 3 in the seventh inning, Baker allowed starting pitcher Joe Ross to bat for himself with two outs and no one on base. "That was an easy decision...." June 12

  • Roark, Nationals shut down Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Clint Robinson, getting a rare start at first base, slapped hands with regular third baseman Anthony Rendon near the pitcher's mound Saturday afternoon after Blake Treinen retired the side in the ninth. Robinson was in the lineup in place of regular first baseman Ryan Zimmerman..." June 11

  • Phillies send Velasquez to DL with biceps strain

    The Score "The Philadelphia Phillies placed right-hander Vincent Velasquez on the 15-day disabled list with a right biceps strain Friday, two days after the 24-year-old was removed from his start against the Chicago Cubs just two pitches in. Velasquez, a driving force behind Philadelphia's unexpected..." June 10

  • Nationals slug their way past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Many Nationals fans took to the internet this spring clamoring for shortstop prospect Trea Turner to be called up from Triple-A to start for Washington. That crescendo built up last weekend as Turner went 3-for-3 against the Reds in Cincinnati. But veteran Danny Espinosa,..." June 10

  • Moniak: Ties to Ted Williams 'definitely influenced my game'

    Philly Voice "Mickey Moniak may have a baseball name that rolls off the tongue, but it’s not even his birth name. And although he considers Mickey Mantle his favorite all-time baseball player, it’s not the Hall of Fame player he is one degree of separation from and one who has influenced his own hitting..." June 10

  • Moniak's friend to tattoo No. 1 pick's name on rear end after bet

    Yahoo! Sports "Being selected in the MLB draft is the realization of a lifelong dream. When you're taken first overall, like California prep outfielder Mickey Moniak was on Thursday by the Philadelphia Phillies, it's the cause for great celebration. Especially when it comes at a cost for a childhood..." June 10

  • Phillies take OF Mickey Moniak with 1st overall pick

    SB Nation "The Philadelphia Phillies chose California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak with the first overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft, announced at MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey. It was the second time in franchise history that the Phillies had the No. 1 overall pick. The..." June 09

  • 2016 MLB Draft: How to watch, stream, and everything else you need to know in one place

    MLB Daily Dish "There is no greater thrill in sports than sitting quietly while a man in a suit slowly reads off a list of names over the course of several days. Fortunately for baseball fans, that time of the year has once again arrived. It will be MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in his second year at the podium..." June 09

  • Cubs switch gears, hammer Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Two pitches were all it took for the Chicago Cubs to have to change their game plan at the plate. Right-handed starter Vince Velasquez of the Philadelphia Phillies, whose fastball is usually in the mid-90s, threw two pitchers topping out at 87 mph to start the game and left..." June 08

  • Clutch pitching helps Phillies rebuff Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin turned to his closer, Jeanmar Gomez, in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs. "He looked a little nervous today," Mackanin said. "I was nervous, too." They had reason to be. The Cubs, trailing by..." June 07

  • Study says pitch clocks in MLB could increase risk of injury to pitchers

    Toronto Star "If Major League Baseball were to introduce a pitch clock to quicken the pace of play and shorten the length of games it would also increase the injury risk to pitchers, a McMaster University study has found. Increasing pace of play is a stated priority for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who in..." June 07

  • Phillies take broad approach to top draft pick

    MLB Daily Dish "The Phillies started the year on quite a role, skirmishing with the Mets and Nationals - and Marlins, really - for the top spot in the NL East. Once the early season dust settled, however, things took on a more predictable appearance: the Marlins faded, the Phillies plummeted, and the Mets and..." June 06

  • Lester pitches Cubs to shutout win over Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon shook the hand of pitcher Jon Lester as he returned to the dugout after crafting eight shutout innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. Lester's night was over. The game was not, however. The Cubs' 6-4 victory wasn't..." June 06

  • Dead money: Which players have the worst contracts in baseball?

    SI "Don’t look for Ryan Howard in the Phillies' lineup this weekend; he won’t be there. Instead, he’ll be on the bench, where manager Pete Mackanin has stationed him for what has been reported as “at least the next three games.” This is the closest the Phillies have come yet to acknowledging that..." June 06

  • Phillies hope to alter team fortunes with No. 1 pick "The first and only time the Phillies had the first overall Draft pick, in 1998, they selected Pat Burrell. They could take another bat Thursday night. The 2016 MLB Draft will take place from Thursday through Saturday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and on..." June 06

  • Philadelphia Phillies Looking for Fan Who Threw Bud Light Lime Bottle at Ryan Howard

    The Big Lead "A Philadelphia Phillies fan has disgraced the city and brought all Philadelphia fans into disrepute again, for drinking a Bud Light Lime. Also, for throwing said Bud Light Lime bottle at Ryan Howard during his pinch-hit appearance on Saturday. According to, Howard described it as..." June 06

  • Phillies power past Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The long ball ruled the day for a Philadelphia Phillies team that entered Sunday on a 2-14 slide and ranked second to last in the majors in home runs. For the first time since Aug. 22, 2015, the Phillies hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning courtesy of Jimmy Paredes..." June 05

  • Ryan Howard says a Phillies fan threw a beer bottle at him during Saturday's game

    Allentown Morning Call "Ryan Howard's performance this year has left Phillies fans, as well as Howard himself, frustrated. But one fan took that frustration to a whole new level following Saturday's game when Howard made the final out by grounding out after pinch-hitting in a 6-3 loss to the Brewers. As Howard..." June 05

  • Santana's homer lifts Brewers over Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Manager Pete Mackanin of the Philadelphia Phillies thought his team was in for a good day after the second inning. But his offense went quietly and his bullpen faltered late. Domingo Santana launched an eighth-inning, tie-breaking home run off Philadelphia's Hector Neris and..." June 04

  • Phillies end season-worst skid with win over Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- It was "a good all-around day," Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp said, for him and his team. Andres Blanco hit a three-run homer and Rupp added a solo shot as the Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Friday night, snapping a season-worst seven-game losing..." June 03

  • Anderson pitches Brewers to win over Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The Milwaukee Brewers continue to make themselves right at home in Citizens Bank Park. Chase Anderson won for just the second time in his past 10 starts, and Chris Carter and Jonathan Villar homered as the Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 Thursday night, their..." June 02

  • Scherzer, Ramos help Nationals sweep Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Wilson Ramos is seeing the ball as well as he ever has, and the Washington Nationals have as a result seen their catcher get off to the best start of his career. Ramos hit an opposite-field three-run homer in support of Max Scherzer's eight-inning effort as the Nationals..." June 01

  • Phillies bench Ryan Howard for at least the next 3-4 games

    Hardball Talk "Phillies manager Pete Mackanin had “an adult conversation” with first baseman Ryan Howard, telling the veteran that he would be on the bench for at least the next three or four games, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Tommy Joseph will be in the starting lineup for each of those..." June 01

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