Philadelphia Phillies news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:12:14 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies SP Sean O'Sullivan was reassigned to the minor league camp earlier this month, but he appears to be the favorite to be the No. 5 starter. He has been stretched out to start, and the team optioned SP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley while releasing SP Kevin Slowey.
Fantasy Tip: Even if he officially claims the fifth starter job, he will be at the end back end of a rotation for one of the worst teams in the majors. He'll have some fantasy appeal in deeper NL-only leagues, but that's about it.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:20:33 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies RP Ken Giles (back), who has been dealing with back stiffness for the past few days, has seen his velocity lower this spring. Giles typically touches 100 mph with his fastball, and he was hitting 95 mph during his outing Tuesday, March 31. Manager Ryne Sandberg is wondering if Giles' injury is the culprit, but pitching coach Rich Dubee isn't too concerned with a lack of velocity for Giles this spring.
Fantasy Tip: Giles' injury and lowered velocity is a mild concern as the regular season approaches. Giles should be owned in the majority of fantasy leagues. His high strikeout totals and good control will help your pitching numbers regardless of if he's closing or not.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:40:02 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies RP Ken Giles (back) was removed from his outing with mid back tightness Tuesday, March 31, but Giles isn't too worried and said he'd be ready for opening day. However, the team may be cautious with him.
Fantasy Tip: Giles' injury shouldn't keep him out for long unless he comes back too soon and suffers a setback. While not currently the closer in Philly (that role belongs to Jonathan Papelbon), Giles is a popular late-round target in deep mixed leagues for saves speculation with Papelbon a popular name on the trading block. Giles will be first in line to jump into the closer role if Papelbon is traded this year.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:06:14 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (Achilles') will start the season on the disabled list with an Achilles' injury that has kept him out the last two weeks. Brown will be the designated hitter in a minor league game Tuesday, March 31, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., and the Phillies are expecting Brown to miss more than just the opening week of the season. OFs Grady Sizemore, Jeff Francoeur, Jordan Danks and Darin Ruf are candidates to start in right field in place of Brown.
Fantasy Tip: Brown ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) is a post-hype prospect that just hasn't put it together yet in Philly. He hit only .235 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI in 2014, meaning he probably wasn't on many fantasy owners' radars. Now that he's injury, he's not a candidate to be drafted in deep mixed leagues. Sizemore seems like the best bet to see the most playing time in Brown's absence, but Philadelphia could easily go with a platoon in right field, too.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:08:56 -0700
The Philadelphia Phillies may look outside the organization for a fifth starter to complement SPs Cole Hamels, Aaron Harang, David Buchanan and Jerome Williams. Names tossed about include free-agent SP Jhoulys Chacin (Rockies), free-agent SP Scott Baker (Yankees) and free-agent SP Felix Doubront (Cubs).
Fantasy Tip: It may be worth a pick towards the last few rounds of deep NL drafts depending on who wins the job. Stay tuned.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:46:59 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Herrera made the team, sending Ben Revere over to left and Grady Sizemore over to right field. Domonic Brown is recovering from an Achilles' injury and Sizemore has had a bad spring, so further changes could be coming. If you have room on your NL roster to stash Herrera, take a pick and see what happens.
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:47:10 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Revere is a former Minnesota Twins prospect who appears to have found a new home in Philadelphia. That said, he carries little power and not much fantasy value except maybe in deeper NL leagues.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:00:40 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Hamels had been struggling this spring, but he shut down a powerful Toronto lineup Thursday. Despite a 9-9 record last year, he finished last season with an impressive 2.46 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. His win total may be depressed a bit if he stays in Philadelphia, but his ratios and strikeout totals should make him a solid No. 2 starter on fantasy rosters.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:44:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Crawford is arguably the team's top prospect, but the 20-year-old is a ways away from the majors. He hit .275-8-29 with 10 steals in 236 at-bats at High-A Clearwater last season.
Sun, 22 Mar 2015 11:34:38 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley is rumored to be "easily attainable" in a trade if a team is willing to take on his contract. However, money and defensive concerns are two obstacles that could prevent a deal from happening, along with his ability to block a deal to any team, as a result of having 10-and-5 rights.
Fantasy Tip: The 36-year-old Utley remains a serviceable second baseman who will be available in the later middle rounds of universal fantasy baseball leagues, although his best days are behind him. He has also had difficulty remaining healthy in recent years, although he played in 155 games last season - the most games he has played in any year since 2009.
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:55:46 -0700
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (Achilles') had an MRI on his left Achilles' Friday, March 20. The test did not show any tears in his left Achilles', but he does have moderate tendinitis. It might be up to a week before he plays in a game again.
Fantasy Tip: The good news is that the injury does not sound like something which will cost him regular season time or a stint on the 15-day disabled list to start.
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:45:33 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Franco is a player to keep on your watch list, and he could be up in the first couple of months. Cody Asche ($3,300; 6.6% of your cap) will post up at third base and is a low-end option on FantasyScore.
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:34:11 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown (Achilles') left the game Thursday, March 19, and has dealt with soreness in his left Achilles' for the past two weeks. He'll be examined by the team doctor Friday, March 20, but the initial diagnosis is tendonitis.
Fantasy Tip: Brown ($3,500; 7.0% of your cap) has massively disappointed after a big first half in 2013. He's a low-end outfielder to round out your roster on FantasyScore.
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:54:00 -0700
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Maikel Franco entered Thursday, March 19, with just six singles in 29 at-bats (.207 average). Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg stated Franco needs to make some adjustments and looks like he's "over-swinging."
Fantasy Tip: Franco appears ticketed for a return trip to Triple-A. He makes contact at a high rate for a power-hitting prospect, so a fast start could result in an early-season promotion. Franco is a late-round sleeper in deep mixed leagues and a stash candidate in NL-only formats.
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:19:28 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Howard reported to camp lean and appears to be moving better than he has in recent years. He's still worth eyeing for your CI spot in traditional leagues.
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