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Phillies | Cole Hamels returns to form

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:00:40 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels tossed five scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, March 26, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out four.

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.

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Phillies | J.P. Crawford out 4-6 weeks

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:44:06 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SS J.P. Crawford (oblique) will miss four to six weeks with a strained left oblique.

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.

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Phillies | Chase Utley could be traded

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.

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Phillies | Domonic Brown goes for MRI

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.

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Phillies | Maikel Franco sent down

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:45:33 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 3B Maikel Franco was optioned to minor league camp Friday, March 20.

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.

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Phillies | Domonic Brown has Achilles' issue

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.

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Phillies | Maikel Franco struggling in the spring

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.

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Phillies | Ryan Howard could come at a bargain

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:19:28 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard has two years and $60 million left on his contract, and the Phillies are willing to pay in the neighborhood of $50 million to facilitate a trade for him.

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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Phillies | Cliff Lee won't have surgery

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:46:35 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) will once again try to rehab and avoid surgery, the team announced Monday, March 16. Lee has been shut down from throwing and has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.

Fantasy Tip: At age 36, it's hard to imagine Lee pitching through his condition and avoiding Tommy John surgery, which would likely end his career. His condition makes him one of the riskiest fantasy baseball players in 2015. Avoiding him like the plague in drafts is probably the smartest strategy.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jake Kaplan

Phillies | Aaron Harang scratched from start

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:58:21 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Aaron Harang (back) was scratched from his start Friday, March 13, because he had lower back discomfort. The team said was precautionary, and Harang is considered day-to-day.

Fantasy Tip: Harang tossed 25 quality starts through his 33 starts and returned 12 wins, 161 strikeouts and a 3.57 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 204 1/3 innings last season. While they're respectable numbers, banking on Harang as anything more than a low-end spot starter in mixed leagues is ill-advised. Even in NL-only formats, Harang has minimal fantasy value.

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Phillies | Chase Utley debuts

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:35:26 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (ankle, knees) made his first start of the spring Friday, March 13, serving as the team's designated hitter.

Fantasy Tip: Utley offers modest five-category production in the late middle rounds of drafts. However, injuries and age are linger concerns, as he averaged just 400 over the four seasons prior to 2010-2013. His 589 at-bats last year were the most he has had in a season since 2008, and manager Ryne Sandberg has already discussed resting Utley more frequently to keep him healthy this year. As long as he stays on the field, he is a reliable low-end starter at the keystone position.

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Phillies | Chase Utley could debut Friday

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:22:32 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (ankle, knees) could play in his first Grapefruit League game Friday, March 13, according to manage Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg noted Utley would serve as the designated hitter. Utley has not played in a game this spring because of a sprained right ankle, which he injured in January when he stepped on a baseball.

Fantasy Tip: Utley's 589 at-bats last year were the most he has had in a season since 2008. He returned a nice line, too, with 74 runs, 11 home runs, 78 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and he slashed .270/.339/.407. The issue is how many at-bats he'll receive this season, though, as he averaged just 400 over the four seasons prior to last year. Still, his modest five-category production maintains value in the late middle rounds.

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Phillies | Cliff Lee still feeling pain

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:38:45 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) said he threw off a mound Wednesday, March 11, and continues to feel pain in his left elbow. Lee is hoping the pain subsides soon.

Fantasy Tip: If the pain doesn't subside soon, Lee's 2015 season, and possibly his career, could be in real jeopardy. The news that Lee is dealing with a torn ligament in his left elbow is troubling news for those in fantasy baseball drafts this week. The safest route would be to avoid Lee at all costs in the early rounds. He might be worth a late-round pick as a stash option if he can somehow pitch through the injury this year, but it seems unlikely for a pitcher of his age.

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Phillies | Cole Hamels trade not imminent

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:32:38 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels doesn't appear to be any closer to being dealt in light of SP Cliff Lee's injury news. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro doesn't believe there is a lesson to be learned from Lee's injury. "Nope," Amaro told's Jayson Stark, quite succinctly. "Why would it change? No reason to change it."

Fantasy Tip: Hamels remains an SP2 in fantasy leagues, but if he's dealt to a club that can provide him more run support, he could become a fringe SP1.

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Phillies | Cliff Lee may need TJS

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:29:04 -0700

Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) would need his partially torn elbow tendon to be addressed by Tommy John surgery, if it comes to that, the team said.

Fantasy Tip: Lee will attempt to pitch through the flexor tendon tear to start the regular season, but it looks like the surgical route may be inevitable. Lee has said recently that surgery could force him to retire, as well. In any event, Lee is now extremely risky in the early rounds of drafts as a top-end starter. It may be in your best interests to avoid him entirely.

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Altherr Aaron OF
Anderson Jason RP
Antoniato Pasquale SS
Arano Victor P
Araujo Elvis RP
Arauz Jonathan SS
Asche Cody 3B
Aumont Phillippe RP
Austin Richard P
Bacil Alvaro P
Bacsu Kirk C
Barnes Casey P
Bass Brian P
Beattie Andrew INF
Bermudez Gabriel P
Best Carlos P
Biddle Jesse SP
Billingsley Chad SP
Blaine Davis P
Blalock Jake OF
Blanco Andres SS
Blanton John SS
Bogusevic Brian OF
Bohn T.J. OF
Bolsenbroek Michael P
Bolt Karl OF
Bootcheck Chris RP
Bozied Tagg 1B
Bramhall Bobby P
Breslin Gerard P
Brown Domonic OF
Brunink Joseph 1B
Buchanan David SP
Budzinski Mark OF
Bump Nate P
Burnham Gary OF
Cabrera Nathan P
Cameron Ryan P
Canzler Russ 3B
Carter Josh OF
Castillo Luis V. P
Castro Leandro OF
Cerrato Justin P
Chantres Carlos P
Chapman Chance P
Charles Art 1B
Cheesman Aaron C
Chiavacci Ron P
Clemens Paul SP
Coca Marcos P
Collier Zach OF
Colvin Brody P
Correa Hector P
Cortez Jose C
Crawford J.P. SS
Crosland Jason 3B
d'Arnaud Chase SS
Dalton Brett 2B
Danks Jordan OF
Dawson Layne P
De Fratus Justin RP
DelaCruz Daniel P
DeRenne Keoni INF
Deschaine Jim INF
Diaz Dennis 2B
Diefenderfer Joseph P
Diekman Jake RP
Doi Bruno OF
Dugan Kelly OF
Edwards Matt 1B
Eflin Zach P
Ellis Jordan P
Ellison Jason OF
Encarnacion Luis 3B
Ennis John P
Erbe Brandon SP
Evans Terry OF
Farkes Zak C
Farnsworth Jeff RP
Feng Lin Yen P
Fields Josh D. 3B
Florence Branden OF
Franco Maikel 3B
Francoeur Jeff OF
Frazee Joseph OF
Frew Bryan OF
Friend Justin RP
Gallagher Austin 1B
Galvis Freddy SS
Garcia Edgar P
Garcia Harold 2B
Garcia Luis RP
Garcia Rene C
Garner Perci P
Garrett Shawn OF
Gibbs Kevin OF
Giles Ken RP
Gomez Jeanmar SP
Gomez Raywilly C
Gonzalez Andy INF
Gonzalez Miguel Alfredo SP
Gonzalez Severino SP
Gooch Tyler P
Greene Tyler SS
Griffith Derek P
Gueller Mitch P
Guevara Orlando C
Haislet Brandon OF
Hall Victor OF
Hamels Cole SP
Hamilton Jeremy INF
Hammond Joey INF
Harang Aaron SP
Hargrave Daniel INF
Harker Brett P
Harman Brad INF
Harris Ryan SS
Harris William P
Hernandez Cesar 2B
Hernandez Fidel INF
Herndon Ken P
Herrera Odubel SS
Hester John C
Hill Jason C
Hill Koyie C
Hill Ronald P
Hinkle Austin P
Hitchcox Brian INF
Hollands Mario P
Hooper Matthew 1B
Howard Ryan 1B
Hudson Kyrell OF
Hyatt Austin P
Jacobson Russ C
Jarrin Stefan INF
Jimenez Cesar RP
Johnson Cedric OF
Johnson Jay RP
Johnston Trey 3B
Joseph Tommy C
Kennelly Tim OF
Key Chris P
King Brennan 3B
Kissock Christopher P
Knapp Andrew C
Knotts Gary SP
Langley Torre C
Laureano Wilfrido P
Lee Cliff SP
Libey Justin P
Linder Matthew P
Lino Gabriel C
Lively Ben P
Loewen Adam P
Loops Derrick P
Made Hector INF
Mangum Caleb C
Mariotti John P
Martin Ethan SP
Martinez Casey C
Martinez Gaby 1B
Mastroianni Darin OF
Matton Nick P
Maza Luis INF
Mazone Brian P
McGuiness Chris 1B
Meaker Jordan P
Mendez Ronald P
Mercado Anderson INF
Merricks Charles P
Miller Matt OF
Minix Travis P
Mojica Jose SS
Mora Audrys P
Moran Javon OF
Morgan Adam P
Mulligan Nolan P
Murakami Fabio OF
Myette Aaron P
Nelson Chris 3B
Nelson Kevin C
Neris Hector RP
Nestor Scott P
Nola Aaron P
Nunez Miguel P
O'Hare Christopher P
O'Sullivan Ryan P
O'Sullivan Sean SP
Ogando Nefi P
Oliver Andrew RP
Olson Matt P
Osteen Cooper 2B
Overholt Patrick P
Overton Brad P
Padilla Matthew P
Papelbon Jonathan RP
Parcus William P
Pascual Joan P
Pereira Gilmar P
Pettibone Jonathan SP
Phelps Cord 2B
Phillips Anthony INF
Pierre Gustavo 3B
Pinckney Brandon 3B
Poe Chad P
Prall Rich C
Pratt Trent C
Pritchard Stephen P
Pujols Jose OF
Purdom John C
Quinn Roman OF
Raggio Brady RP
Ramirez Juan Carlos P
Ramos Peter INF
Randolph Stephen P
Rawl Aaron P
Revere Ben OF
Rhoads Christopher P
Rio-Nunez Ruddy OF
Robles Oscar INF
Rocchio Joseph P
Rodriguez Jean C
Rodriguez Joely P
Rodriguez Ricciard P
Roller Adam P
Rosin Seth RP
Ruf Darin 1B
Ruiz Carlos C
Rupp Cameron C
Rushford Jim OF
Ryal Rusty 2B
Salazar Jeremy C
Sanchez Angelo P
Sasaki Ryan P
Schwartz Dan P
Sellers Neil 3B
Simon Kyle P
Sizemore Grady OF
Sladek Jakub INF
Slowey Kevin SP
Smith Casey INF
Smith Mark OF
Smith Matt P
Solano San Lazaro P
Sorgi Adam 2B
Spears Nate SS
Spidale Mike OF
Squires Matt P
Standridge Jason P
Suomi John C
Tartaglia Evan OF
Tejeda Juan INF
Tempesta Nick SS
Thayer Matt OF
Tocci Carlos OF
Tompkins Jacob P
Trinidad Jose OF
Tugwell Marc 2B
Utley Chase 2B
Valentin Jesmuel 2B
Van Steensel Todd P
Vanden Berg John C
Vasquez Anthony SP
Villegas-Andino Jesus SS
Waite Charles C
Walker Chris OF
Walters P.J. SP
Wassermann Ehren RP
Watson Shane P
Wedel Jeremy P
Welty Ron OF
Wertz Luke P
Williams Everett OF
Williams Jermaine OF
Williams Jerome SP
Wilson Kris RP
Winchester Jeff C
Windle Tom P
Woodrow Christopher P
Worthington Adam P
Wright Matt P
Yarnall Ed P

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Henderson Steve TO
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Manuel Charlie TO
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Nichols Rod TO
Proefrock Scott TO
Samuel Juan TO
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