Mon, 02 Dec 2013 15:30:32 -0800
The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a one-year, $900,000 deal with INF Kevin Frandsen to avoid arbitration Monday, Dec. 2.
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 11:13:07 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 1B/OF Darin Ruf will get the bulk of the playing time at first base while 1B Ryan Howard (knee) remains sidelined, as a result of the team trading INF Michael Young to the Los Angeles Dodgers. INF Kevin Frandsen and 1B/OF John Mayberry Jr. are also capable of playing the position. Minor league 3B Maikel Franco, who has recently started playing first base, remains a long-shot to be called up this season.
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:08:50 -0700
The Kansas City Royals have had discussions about trading for Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2B Howie Kendrick and Milwaukee Brewers 2B Rickie Weeks as they seek to upgrade second base. However, there's no indication that the Royals are close to any trade at this time. They have yet to rule out trading SP Ervin Santana. Weeks is owed $11 million next year and has an $11.5 million option in 2015, and the Royals will not want to take that money on. Kansas City has also looked at Philadelphia Phillies INF Kevin Frandsen.
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:07:14 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies placed OF Domonic Brown (concussion) on the 7-day disabled list Thursday, July 25, and recalled OF Steve Susdorf from the minors in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Thankfully for Brown, it's just the 7-day DL, but as we all know, concussions are very tricky. Brown could easily be out much longer than seven days, depending on when his symptoms subside. For now, Laynce Nix will see increased PT in left field, but he could be part of some platoon between Susdorf or even Kevin Frandsen.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:24:54 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (oblique) swung a bat on Sunday, June 9, for the first time in nearly three weeks. He progressed to soft toss in the indoor cage with assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner on Wednesday, June 12, at Target Field. He doesn't have a target date for a return or a rehab assignment, but he's encouraged by the fact that he hasn't had any soreness since he started swinging. He hopes to participate in live batting practice this weekend in Denver. Utley said of an estimated mid-June return, "I think it's still realistic."
Fantasy Tip: Utley should check the calendar. Assuming that he has no setbacks, perhaps he'll begin a rehab assignment beginning next week, putting him on track to be back by the following weekend. Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen will continue to split time in his place.
Wed, 29 May 2013 11:53:18 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies placed 3B Michael Young on the bereavement list Wednesday, May 29, and recalled INF Cesar Hernandez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Young could miss as few as three games. Freddy Galvis will likely shift over to third base in the meantime, and any combination of Hernandez, Kevin Frandsen and Michael Martinez could play second base. Only Galvis should be owned in very deep leagues with Chase Utley (oblique) on the DL.
Sun, 28 Apr 2013 08:15:58 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies C Carlos Ruiz is batting fifth against the New York Mets Sunday, April 28. OF Ben Revere (quadriceps) remains out of the lineup and 1B Ryan Howard is getting a day off. INF Kevin Frandsen will play first base, INF/OF Freddy Galvis will play left field and OF John Mayberry Jr. will start in center field.
Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:32:20 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) will play three innings in right field in an extended spring game Tuesday, April 2, his first action in the outfield since his ankle surgery in the offseason. INF Kevin Frandsen (wrist) took batting practice Monday, April 1, but his availability is still in question.
Fantasy Tip: This is a big step for Young. He'll need to build up his innings in extended spring training and prove that he can play in back-to-back games in the outfield probably before the Phillies are confident he is fully healthy.
Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:25:13 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies INF Kevin Frandsen homered Friday, March 8, and is batting .385 (10-for-26) with six extra-base hits in spring training. Frandsen is battling with SS Yuniesky Betancourt and 2B Freddy Galvis for a roster spot. Manager Charlie Manuel has an affinity for Galvis, and the team can't send him to the minors without passing him through waivers.
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:53:51 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard is in the spring lineup for the sixth straight day Thursday, Feb. 28, and he finished 2-for-3 with an opposite-field home run off Atlanta Braves RP Craig Kimbrel. OFs Domonic Brown, John Mayberry Jr. and INF Kevin Frandsen have also appeared in every spring game so far. Howard wants to get his "game legs" under him, and he's 4-for-6 against left-handers with two doubles.