Philadelphia Phillies — as of April 29, 2017

2017/05/01

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     Aaron Altherr, OF: April 29 – With Howie Kendrick on the shelf for two or three weeks, Aaron Altherr and Daniel Nava are splitting time in LF. In fact, each of them has started 5 games there in the 11 games since Kendrick was sidelined. Altherr has also started 4 additional games at other OF positions – 3 in RF and 1 in CF.

     Daniel Nava, OF: April 29 – With Howie Kendrick on the shelf for two or three weeks, Daniel Nava and Aaron Altherr are splitting time in LF. In fact, each of them has started 5 games there in the 11 games since Kendrick was sidelined. Nava also started 1 game in LF prior to Kendrick’s absence but he’s only started 1 additional game at another OF positions – RF.

     Luis Garcia, RP: Apr 12 – 2:25 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies recalled RHP Luis Garcia from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Garcia failed to earn a spot on the Phillies’ Opening Day roster this spring but he’s getting the call today after Adam Morgan worked 3 2/3 innings in mop-up duty last night against the Mets.

     Brock Stassi, 1B: April 29 – Brock Stassi may be taking some 1B action away for the slumping Tommy Joseph. Stassi has started 3 of the past 5 games at 1B (but only 5 out of 22 in total). He’s not hitting too much better than Joseph, but he has shown a bit of power in his limited playing time.

     Freddy Galvis, SS: April 29 – Freddy Galvis appears to have risen in value a bit. He’s hitting well and has driven in the second most runs on the team (after Maikel Franco). After starting the year batting from the #8 hole, he moved up to #7 on April 20 for 4 games before seeing action from the #2 spot for the past 3 games in a row.

     Hector Neris, RP, Closer: Apr 27 – 4:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Hector Neris needed just seven pitches to pick up his third save of the year today against the Marlins.

Six of those were strikes. Neris protected a 2-1 lead after Joaquin Benoit set him up in the eighth. The Phillies’ front office wanted Benoit getting these saves but Pete Mackanin has gotten his way so far. While no one has named Neris the Closer, it’s clear he’s Mackanin’s choice.

     Apr 22 – 8:34 AM (Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News/Rotoworld) — Phillies’ manager Pete Mackanin reiterated after yesterday’s game that Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris will continue to share the Closer’s role.

Benoit worked a perfect eighth inning yesterday while Neris allowed a run but converted his second straight save in the ninth. It appears that Mackanin trusts both hurlers in the ninth innings.

     Apr 21 – 10:20 PM (Rotoworld) — Hector Neris allowed a solo homer to Adonis Garcia and battled a 26-minute rain delay but was able to escape with his second save of the season today.

Neris was tasked with protecting a two-run advantage in the ninth inning and made things interesting by allowing a home run to Garcia before a 26-minute rain delay. After the delay, he allowed a pair of singles but was able to battle back and retire the Braves without further damage.

He seems to have leapfrogged Joaquin Benoit for save chances but, with his struggles here, it’s anyone’s guess who Pete Mackanin will turn to the next time the Phillies have a lead to protect in the ninth inning.

     Apr 21 – 4:29 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said that Hector Neris would be used if the team gets a save chance today.

Neris was somewhat surprisingly used in a save chance yesterday against the Mets and closed things out. While Mackanin still doesn’t appear ready to officially name Neris as Closer, it certainly looks like he’s first in line for save opportunities at the moment. Joaquin Benoit appears poised for a Setup role again, although we can’t rule out him netting a stray save from time to time.

     Apr 20 – 11:11 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies manager Pete Mackanin declined to name a closer after using Hector Neris to close out today’s win over the Mets.

Joaquin Benoit took over closer duties from Jeanmar Gomez last week but may have ruined his opportunity by allowing a walk-off home run to Bryce Harper on Sunday, April 16. Benoit pitched the eighth inning today before giving way to Neris in the ninth.

Neris has been the Phillies’ best reliever since Ken Giles left and probably should have been pitching the ninth inning all along.

Down:

     Luis Garcia, RP: Apr 12 – 2:25 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies recalled RHP Luis Garcia from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Garcia failed to earn a spot on the Phillies’ Opening Day roster this spring but he’s getting the call today after Adam Morgan worked 3 2/3 innings in mop-up duty last night against the Mets.

     Tommy Joseph, 1B: April 29 – There are signs that Tommy Joseph may be losing his grip on 1B. He’s off to a rough start – a sub-.200 batting average and only 1 HR – and has only started 2 of the last 5 games. Brock Stassi has started 3 of the past 5 games at 1B but only 5 out of 22 in total. In addition, he’s not hitting too much better than Joseph.

     Jeanmar Gomez, RP, Closer: Apr 10 – 8:02 PM (Rotoworld) — Jeanmar Gomez has been removed from the Phillies’ closer role.

Gomez entered the season on thin ice after his struggles last September and he recorded one shaky save and blew another among his first three appearances. That was evidently enough for manager Pete Mackanin, who will go with Joaquin Benoit in the ninth inning for now.

     Apr 9 – 9:03 PM (MLB.com/Rotoworld) — Jeanmar Gomez’s closer role looks to be in jeopardy as the RHP is set to meet with manager Pete Mackanin tomorrow.

When asked about it after Gomez gave up three runs in a blown save today against the Nationals, Mackanin noted “I’ll have something for you tomorrow. I need to talk with him.” Gomez owns a 15.00 ERA through his first three outings of the season and already had just a tenuous grasp on the ninth-inning gig. It sounds as though Hector Neris could take over the closing duties as early as tomorrow.

     Joaquin Benoit, Setup, SP, Closer: Apr 27 – 4:51 PM (Rotoworld) — Hector Neris needed just seven pitches to pick up his third save of the year today against the Marlins.

Neris protected a 2-1 lead after Joaquin Benoit set him up in the eighth. The Phillies’ front office wanted Benoit getting these saves but Pete Mackanin has gotten his way so far. While no one has named Neris the Closer, it’s clear he’s Mackanin’s choice.

     Apr 22 – 8:34 AM (Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News/Rotoworld) — Phillies’ manager Pete Mackanin reiterated after yesterday’s game that Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris will continue to share the Closer’s role.

Benoit worked a perfect eighth inning yesterday while Neris allowed a run but converted his second straight save in the ninth. It appears that Mackanin trusts both hurlers in the ninth innings.

     Apr 21 – 10:20 PM (Rotoworld) — Hector Neris seems to have leapfrogged Joaquin Benoit for save chances but with Neris’ struggles today, it’s anyone’s guess who Pete Mackanin will turn to the next time the Phillies have a lead to protect in the ninth inning.

     Apr 21 – 4:29 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said that Hector Neris would be used if the team gets a save chance today.

Neris was somewhat surprisingly used in a save chance yesterday against the Mets and closed things out. While Mackanin still doesn’t appear ready to officially name Neris as Closer, it certainly looks like he’s first in line for save opportunities at the moment. Joaquin Benoit appears poised for a Setup role again, although we can’t rule out him netting a stray save from time to time.

     Apr 20 – 11:11 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies manager Pete Mackanin declined to confirm that he’s decided to change Closers after using Hector Neris to close out today’s win over the Mets.

Joaquin Benoit took over closer duties from Jeanmar Gomez last week but may have ruined his opportunity by allowing a walk-off home run to Bryce Harper last Sunday, April 16.

Benoit pitched the eighth inning today before giving way to Neris in the ninth. Neris has been the Phillies’ best reliever since Ken Giles left and probably should have been pitching the ninth inning all along.

     Apr 10 – 4:19 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said today that Joaquin Benoit will be the team’s closer for the time being.

It seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Jeanmar Gomez would be booted from the role and it was just a matter of whether Mackanin went with Hector Neris or Benoit as the replacement. He’s elected to go with the 39-year-old Benoit, who posted a 2.81 ERA with over a strikeout per inning in 2016 and who has tossed three scoreless frames to start 2017. Neris is undoubtedly the most talented guy in the Phillies’ bullpen and could eventually get a shot but Philly probably considered his arbitration cost here.

In:

     Zach Eflin, SP: Apr 18 – 1:11 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies recalled RHP Zach Eflin from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Eflin will take Clay Buchholz’s spot in the Phillies’ rotation and start today against the Mets. The 23-year-old began the year on the disabled list after undergoing surgery on both of his knees last August.

     Mark Leiter, Jr., RP: Apr 18 – 6:14 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Mark Leiter, Jr. from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The son of 11-year major leaguer Mark Leiter will join the Phillies in a middle relief role after registering a 1.69 ERA and 11/2 K/BB ratio over his first 5 1/3 innings at Triple-A. His dad pitched for the Phils in 1997-1998.

      Luis Garcia, RP: Apr 12 – 2:25 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies recalled RHP Luis Garcia from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Garcia failed to earn a spot on the Phillies’ Opening Day roster this spring but he’s getting the call today after Adam Morgan worked 3 2/3 innings in mop-up duty last night against the Mets.

     Ty Kelly, IF, OF: Apr 25 – 5:31 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies recalled INF/OF Ty Kelly from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Kelly will take the 25-man roster spot left vacant by starting pitcher Aaron Nola who landed on the 10-day disabled list today with a lower back strain. Kelly, 28, is a .237/.347/.339 career hitter at the major league level. He was acquired from the Blue Jays last week for cash considerations.

Out:

     Howie Kendrick, OF: Apr 22 – 11:51 PM (PhillyVoice.com/Rotoworld) — Phillies GM Matt Klentak said the team expects to be without Howie Kendrick (oblique) for 2-3 weeks.

Kendrick was placed on the disabled list with a Grade 1 oblique strain earlier this week. Aaron Altherr will continue to hold down the fort in LF, though the Phillies added some depth today by acquiring utility man Ty Kelly in a trade with Toronto.

     Apr 22 – 8:44 AM (CSN Philly/Rotoworld) — Howie Kendrick is expected to miss more time than originally anticipated as it was revealed he’s actually dealing with an oblique issue and not an abdominal strain.

The Phillies had been hopeful he would return when first eligible on April 26 but now there’s no clear timetable for his return. Aaron Altherr has seen extra playing time in his absence and is locked in at the plate, so he could be worth a look in the interim.

     Apr 18 – 6:11 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies placed OF Howie Kendrick on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 16, with a right abdominal strain.

Kendrick suffered the injury on Saturday, April 15, while making a diving catch. Daniel Nava figures to get the majority of the playing time in LF while Kendrick is sidelined, though Aaron Altherr and Brock Stassi are also in the mix. Kendrick was sporting a cool .333/.395/.487 batting line through his first 10 regular-season games.

     Apr 18 – 4:37 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Howie Kendrick (ribs) could be placed on the disabled list.

Hendrick has been experiencing soreness and tenderness in his rib cage since making a diving catch on Saturday, April 15, and the Phillies don’t want to make the situation worse. They can backdate a 10-day disabled list stint so that he’s eligible to return next week. Daniel Nava is starting in LF tonight against the Mets.

     Apr 18 – 3:19 PM (Rotoworld) — Howie Kendrick (ribs) is not in today’s lineup against the Mets.

Kendrick is apparently still dealing with soreness near his ribs after his diving catch on Saturday, April 15. Daniel Nava will start in LF.

     Apr 16 – 11:31 AM (Rotoworld) — Howie Kendrick isn’t in today’s lineup because he’s still sore following a diving catch yesterdday.

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin didn’t disclose what specifically is sore with Kendrick but, regardless, this shouldn’t be a big deal. Consider him day-to-day. Brock Stassi is in LF for today’s game.

      Aaron Nola, SP: Apr 24 – 1:36 PM (Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News/Rotoworld) — Aaron Nola (back) is only expected to miss 1-2 starts.

Nola felt some soreness in his lower back during his most recent start on Thursday, April 21, against the Mets and it lingered during a side session yesterday so the Phillies decided not to take any chances. He could return as soon as next Monday, May 1. Ty Kelly is expected to take his place on the active roster but Nick Pivetta will likely take his spot in the rotation on Wednesday, April 26.

     Apr 24 – 1:05 PM (Philadelphia Inquirer/Rotoworld) — Phillies placed RHP Aaron Nola on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 21, with a lower back strain.

It’s unclear how long Nola will be sidelined. Some reports indicate that Nick Pivetta is likely to fill in on Wednesday, April 26, against the Marlins. Nola posted a 4.50 ERA and 15/6 K/BB ratio in 16 innings through his first three starts this season.

     Clay Buchholz, SP: Apr 26 – 7:01 PM (Rotoworld) — Clay Buchholz (arm) said he hopes to pitch in September.

Buchholz recently underwent surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon and is expected to miss 4-6 months.

     Apr 22 – 2:49 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies transferred RHP Clay Buchholz to the 60-day disabled list.

Nothing has changed in the recovery for the RHP; this was done as a procedural move to create a spot on the 40-man roster. Buchholz is expected to miss 4-6 months due to a torn flexor tendon in his right arm.

     Apr 18 – 1:07 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies placed RHP Clay Buchholz on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm.

Buchholz underwent surgery today and is expected to miss 4-6 months. This essentially knocks him out for the remainder of the season. The Phillies acquired Buchholz in hopes of turning him into an interesting trade chip at the deadline but he ended up making just two starts for the club. Zach Eflin will take his spot in the rotation.

     Apr 18 – 8:39 AM (Barstool Sports/Rotoworld) — Clay Buchholz will undergo surgery today to repair the partial tear of his flexor pronator mass.

Buchholz was diagnosed with the partial tear of the right flexor pronator mass in his right arm last week and was set to see Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion yesterday. He’s not facing Tommy John surgery but he’s still expected to miss around 3-5 months. At this point, it’s very possible – if not likely – that he’ll miss the remainder of the season.

     Apr 12 – 5:52 PM (Rotoworld) — Clay Buchholz’s MRI revealed that he is suffering from a partial tear of the right flexor pronator mass in his right arm.

Not the best of signs for the Phillies here. Buchholz will pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion next Monday, April 17. After that examination, his future options figure to clarify some. Major surgery is a possibility. Buchholz sustained the forearm injury while throwing a pitch against the Marlins in the third inning yesterday.

     Apr 11 – 8:52 PM (Rotoworld) — Clay Buchholz has been diagnosed with a right forearm strain.

Buchholz was lifted in the third inning of his start tonight against the Mets after short-arming a changeup in the top of the third inning. There’s probably an MRI coming and Buchholz is almost certainly headed for a long stay on the disabled list.

     Apr 11 – 8:08 PM (Rotoworld) — Clay Buchholz was lifted in the third inning of his start today against the Mets due to an apparent injury. There should be an update shortly from Citizens Bank Park.

     Adam Morgan, RP: Apr 11 – 10:59 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies optioned LHP Adam Morgan to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Morgan threw 3 2/3 innings in mop-up duty in today’s game as the Phillies were trounced by the visiting Mets and the LHP wasn’t going to be available for the next few days. Philly will promote a new long-relief man tomorrow.

     Ben Lively, RP: Apr 21 – 3:21 PM (Rotoworld) — Phillies optioned RHP Ben Lively to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Lively didn’t make an appearance in his couple days with the big club. He’ll return to Lehigh Valley’s rotation.

     Apr 19 – 11:14 AM (Rotoworld) — Phillies recalled RHP Ben Lively from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Lively had been working as a starter at Lehigh Valley but he’ll serve as an emergency bullpen arm for the Phillies while Pat Neshek spends a bit of time on the paternity leave list.

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