Philadelphia Phillies news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:23:59 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) made 22 pitches (16 strikes) in his spring debut Thursday, March 5, and he said his arm "feels normal." It was Lee's first time facing hitters since straining his left elbow in the second half of 2014. He threw all fastballs Thursday with the exception of a curve and two cutters, but he was confident in the way he felt.
Fantasy Tip: At age 36 and coming off elbow problems, Lee should no longer be relied on as a fantasy baseball ace. However, he'll probably come at an injury discount this year as a solid No. 2. Lee doesn't strike out hitters at the rate of the elite arms that will come off the board before him, but he doesn't walk many hitters, either, which counts for something. Also, he could be a heavy trade target if he proves his health early in the season. A move to a contending club would raise his value.
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:51:30 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Age (35) and injury concerns are reasons why Howard doesn't crack out list of top-20 fantasy baseball first baseman in 2015. However, he was able to play in 153 games in 2014 and put up 23 home runs. However, he hurt his owners with a .223 batting average. If he can stay healthy, Howard could be a sleeper pick late in deep mixed drafts for his pop.
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:54:47 -0800
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (ankle, knees) isn't expected to play in the first week of Grapefruit League games because of a sprained right ankle, but Utley isn't too worried about the injury. Utley rolled the ankle in January, and it remains swollen. "I'm making a little progress," Utley said. "Obviously I wish it was a little quicker, but I'm trying to be smart about it. It seems like it's making some progressions every few days. I'd like to get out there as soon as possible." General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Utley wouldn't play "for a little while."
Fantasy Tip: Injuries have hampered Utley now the last few seasons, and the risk of more injuries is high because of his age. However, he can give you a decent mix of speed and power once the bigger names come off the board at the keystone. Keep an eye on how his ankles and knees treat him once he's playing spring games.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:13:46 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (ankle, knee) will be rested in the Grapefruit League opener Tuesday, March 3, against the New York Yankees. The team said his knees are fine, and they're just being cautious. Plus, he is still recovering from a sprained right ankle suffered in mid-January.
Fantasy Tip: Utley has been dinged up over the past few seasons, but he still has some pop and will be a nice FantasyScore play this season for power at a position that doesn't usually have much.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:46:27 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) will make his first Grapefruit League start against the Houston Astros Thursday, April 5. Lee will be participating in his first game action since July 31, and is slated to pitch two innings before being stretched out in subsequent starts.
Fantasy Tip: Lee has not experienced any setbacks this spring and his recovery from a strained elbow remains on schedule. A productive spring, combined with a strong start to the regular season, could make him one of the most likely players to be moved before the trade deadline. He projects to be a low-end No. 2 starter in mixed fantasy league drafts this season.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:32:24 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) threw eight minutes of living batting practice Wednesday, Feb. 25, and did not have any problems. Lee threw mostly fastballs during the session. He has been throwing every third day and could face some batters this weekend. He is not expected to pitch in a spring training game until the second week of camp.
Fantasy Tip: The Phillies are taking things easy with Lee so he will be ready for the start of the season. Lee probably will be used in the middle of the rotation if he is not traded during spring training. He should be considered as a low-end No. 2 starting pitcher in fantasy drafts this season.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:35:50 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Howard indeed looks trim, but if that translates into on-field performance is another question. He had a rather productive season for someone that hit .223 with 190 strikeouts in 2014. He hit 23 home runs and drove in 95. After a season of turmoil, on and off the field for Howard, he could be a nice flyer for a corner infielder spot late in drafts.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:12:47 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Utley will be a mid-tier second baseman in traditional formats when healthy.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:28:50 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) is throwing bullpen sessions every third day of spring training camp, instead of every other day like the other pitchers. "We're just being safe, easing into it," he said. "I'm fine."
Fantasy Tip: The Phillies want to err on the side of caution with Lee. He could prove to be a valuable trading chip if he can demonstrate that he is both healthy and effective this season, after he only appeared in 13 games last year. He projects to be a low-end No. 2 starter in fantasy leagues.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:40:37 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Chad Billingsley looked "very good" throwing this week and can provide a "big boost" to the starting rotation, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. Billingsley has missed the majority of the past two seasons because of injuries, and Philadelphia is hopeful he can join the rotation by late April.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:35:02 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Maikel Franco is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but he will receive repetitions at both third base and first base during spring training, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. "He had an outstanding winter ball, so I'm anxious to see him," Sandberg said.
Fantasy Tip: Expect Franco to make his debut with the Phillies at some point this season, and potentially sooner than later. He is likely undraftable in the majority of seasonal leagues, unless he catches serious traction during spring training. Still, he is a player to keep tabs on and is worth a speculative add when he appears close to being recalled to the majors.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:28:10 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley is likely to receive more days off this season, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. "It's important to have bench players that'll be able to step in and give those guys possibly more of a rest than normal," Sandberg said. "But that's really up to the player and how he's going. He had an All-Star first half of the season. Still a quality at-bat even if he made outs. But yeah, I see Chase getting some more days off this year."
Fantasy Tip: Utley's 589 at-bats last season were the most he has had since the 2009 season, and at 36, there is little upside. Still, he is a reliable source of batting average, runs and RBIs, and he he has the potential to flirt with 20 home runs and 10 stolen bases. It isn't flashy, but respectable five-category production is difficult to find at the keystone, especially where Utley can be drafted.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:21:37 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) is where he usually is entering the season, according to manager Ryane Sandberg. Sandberg noted the team will be keeping an eye on his side sessions and outings, though.
Fantasy Tip: Lee, like most veterans in Philadelphia, is on the trade block, and he would benefit from a move to a contending team. There may be a discount to be had with Lee on draft day, as he only started 13 games last season. Injury concerns should be minimal, though, as he averaged 222 innings per year over the six previous seasons. Consider Lee a low-end No. 2 starter on draft day.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:29:40 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels said he just wants to win Wednesday, Feb. 18, and he knows that is not going to happen with the Phillies. "I want to be in the playoffs every year. That's where you make a name for yourself. It's not about the Cy Young awards and MVP awards. It's about winning championships. You want to be in a place where you have a chance to win."
Fantasy Tip: Hamels has been involved in a number of trade rumors, and landing on a winning team would skyrocket his fantasy stock. Currently, Hamels is a reliable No. 2 arm for your fake team because of his solid ratios and strikeout potential.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:08:14 -0800
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard will be the starting first baseman this season, according to manager Ryne Sandberg. Howard played in 153 games in 2014 after missing half of each of the previous two seasons. He hit .223 with 23 home runs and 95 RBIs, led the majors with 190 strikeouts and had a career-low .380 slugging percentage.
Fantasy Tip: At 35, Howard has little upside at this point of his career. However, he is still a capable power hitter and a viable option in the late rounds of drafts, if your team needs a power spike.
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