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Hamels sharp in what should be final rehab outing

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, April 17, 2014 10:35 PM Comments: 0

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Cole Hamels, Image- AP

In what was likely his final tune up before he returns from the disabled list, lefty starter Cole Hamels looked sharp in a rehab appearance with the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers on Thursday night.

In a contest at Clearwater’s Brighthouse Field, Hamels went seven innings against Lakeland (Tigers affiliate), allowing one earned run on three hits while striking out two and walking one.  The 30-year-old threw 87 pitches, 57 of which were strikes.

The Threshers failed to take advantage of the strong effort by Hamels, as they dropped the match up 2-1.  The run given up by Hamels was a solo homer to OF Connor Harrell, who entered the game sporting a .100 batting average.  Harrell was a 31st round draft selection by Detroit in 2012.

Hamels surrendered four earned runs in 17 innings (2.12 ERA) over three starts with the Threshers in recent weeks.

Sidelined for much of the spring with biceps tendinitis in his throwing arm, Hamels is expected to return to the Phillies’ rotation next Tuesday or Wednesday, against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

In his career at Dodger Stadium Hamels has a 3-0 record and a 2.54 ERA in four starts, including the postseason.

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Prospects Quinn, Walding nearing return to the diamond

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, April 17, 2014 07:31 PM Comments: 0

Roman Quinn, Image- Jay Floyd

Out of action since last year following a ruptured Achilles tendon, shortstop Roman Quinn is nearing a return to game action.

While recovering from a broken left wrist suffered when was he hit by a pitch last season, Quinn felt a pop in the back of his right ankle as he ran routine sprints early in the 2013/2014 off-season.  Surgery to repair the second significant injury of his year took place shortly afterward.

Now, after nearly a half-year of recovery, the switch-hitting Quinn is just about ready to participate in games.

“I’m doing pretty much everything.  Ground balls, I’m running full speed and I’m taking live batting practice,” Quinn said via text message.

The youngster who is known for his speed doesn’t anticipate his quickness suffering due to the damage he did to his Achilles.  In fact, Quinn feels he could be faster than ever and hopes to improve all around.

Quinn, the Phils’ second round draft choice in 2011 out of Port St. Joe High School in FL, has posted a .260 average with six home runs, 44 RBI and 62 stolen bases in 133 combined games with short-season Class A Williamsport and Class A Lakewood over two professional seasons. Continue reading Prospects Quinn, Walding nearing return to the diamond

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Minors Notes & Quotes: Rupp, Dugan Injured, RHP Viza Speaks, More Transactions

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, April 15, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 0

Monday was a busy day for roster moves in the Phillies’ organization.  On top of the news that Mike Adams would return to the Phillies at the expense of Luis Garcia being sent down to Triple-A, there were several notable transactions announced throughout the system.

Cameron Rupp, Image- Jay Floyd

Top catching prospect Cameron Rupp was placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique suffered in Sunday’s game.  The 25-year-old was batting .231 with four homers and eight RBI in nine games with the Triple-A IronPigs.  Sebastian Valle was promoted to Lehigh Valley from Double-A Reading to fill the void.

Other backstop moves: Chad Carman promoted to the Reading roster from Class A Advanced Clearwater, Deivi Grullon activated for Clearwater from extended spring training.

Also placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain for Lehigh Valley was infielder Andres Blanco.  The 30-year-old infielder was batting .273 with one RBI in nine contests in the young season.

Reading outfielder Kelly Dugan, who was hit on the left hand with a pitch on Sunday, tweeted on Monday evening that X-rays were negative and he expects to be out of action for a week.  The 23-year-old was hitting .233 with a home run and four RBI through 10 games. Continue reading Minors Notes & Quotes: Rupp, Dugan Injured, RHP Viza Speaks, More Transactions

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Minor League Injury Notes: Numata, Walding, James

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, March 10, 2014 03:08 PM Comments: 0

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Chace Numata, Image- Jay Floyd

Just a few quick notes on some injuries throughout minor league camp…

Catcher Chace Numata confirmed with me today that he will miss at least a few months following a fractured hamate and surgery to repair triangular fibrocartilage in his left wrist.  The 21-year-old Hawaiian was a South Atlantic League All-Star for Class A Lakewood last season, posting a .231/.307/.305 line in 94 contests.

Third baseman Mitch Walding is on the shelf as he continues to deal with the rib issue that shortened his season last summer.  Walding was dealing with a misdiagnosed fracture when he suffered a more severe break while getting off the couch in the Lakewood locker room last August.  Walding told me today that he is scheduled for surgery to fully remove the rib and is likely to miss at least six weeks.  The 21-year-old was the Phils’ 5th round draft pick in 2011.

Outfielder Jiwan James, who missed a considerable portion of last season following knee surgery, is out of action once again with a knee issue.  The limitation is precautionary, according to a source.  James, who is a month shy of turning 25, sported a .260/.301/.322 line in 36 contests with Class A Advanced Clearwater last season.

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Pettibone Battling Shoulder Soreness

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, February 16, 2014 11:37 AM Comments: 7

Pettibone pitched well as a 22-year old rookie for the Phillies last year before succumbing to shoulder soreness.

An early report from CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury says Jonathan Pettibone did not throw today due to shoulder soreness. Pettibone, 23, went 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA last season before being sidelined with a strained right shoulder in July. It is believed that Pettibone will compete for the fifth starter starter spot with Roberto Hernandez and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.

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Quinn progressing well from Achilles surgery

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Thu, January 30, 2014 07:30 AM Comments: 1

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Roman Quinn, Image- Jay Floyd

This week, PhilliesNation’s own minor league expert Jay Floyd chatted with highly regarded shortstop prospect Roman Quinn about his recovery from off-season surgery, exclusively for ShoreSportsNetwork.com.

In the feature, the 20-year-old indicated that he’s well ahead of schedule as he recovers from the procedure to remedy his ruptured right Achilles tendon.  Quinn was doing routine sprints in October near his home in Florida, when he felt a pop in the back of his ankle.  Surgery came soon after for the Phils’ 2nd round draft choice from 2011.

Quinn, who posted a .238 average with five home runs, 21 RBI and 32 steals in 67 games for Class A Lakewood last year, is targeting a late-June or early-July return.

The youngster was still recovering from a broken left wrist that he suffered after being hit by a pitch in a game in June, at the time of the Achillies injury, but that first ailment is now 100%.

In the Floyd piece, Quinn details that he was very disappointed when he learned the diagnosis of his Achilles issue, but that a discussion with a friend in the Phils’ system provided him the boost that he needed to turn his outlook around.

“It brought me down real low, man,” Quinn explained. “It was just very discouraging until I talked with Albert Cartwright, actually. He had the same injury. I talked to him about his injury and everything and he was just telling me, ‘Stay with it and just go hard in your rehab, man, and you can come back even faster, even stronger.’ ‘Cause that’s exactly what he did and as soon as I heard that, it gave me all my confidence back.”

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Pitching prospects Morgan and Watson reportedly out till August

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, January 10, 2014 10:25 PM Comments: 0

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Adam Morgan with Reading in 2012, Image- Jay Floyd

Two of the Phillies’ top pitching prospects are likely out of action until August according to reports.  Right-hander Shane Watson, who spoke with me exclusively last month about his upcoming procedure, is slated to go under the knife in the coming days, while left-hander Adam Morgan underwent surgery to repair his recurring shoulder issues this week.

Watson, the Phillies’ first round draft selection in 2012, is currently in Los Angeles, where he will have surgery to repair an enlarged capsule in his throwing shoulder. The 20-year-old posted a 4-6 record along with a 4.75 ERA and a .230 batting average against in 16 starts at Class A Lakewood last season.

Morgan missed considerable time last season with a shoulder strain, but returned to close out the season in a strong fashion, tallying a 1.59 ERA in his first seven Triple-A starts off the disabled  list before allowing four earned runs in 1 1/3 innings in his final outing of the season.

Although he bounced back and looked great to wrap up his 2013 campaign, the Phils’ 3rd round draft pick from 2011 suffered a setback that required surgical repair, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Continue reading Pitching prospects Morgan and Watson reportedly out till August

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Watson to Ungergo Shoulder Surgery

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, December 17, 2013 11:45 PM Comments: 0

Shane Watson, image- Jay Floyd

To follow up on a previous story, Phillies right-handed pitching prospect Shane Watson learned this week that rehab would not be enough to allow his ailing shoulder to return to form and he’ll require surgery.

Watson, the Phils’ top draft choice in 2012, missed time during the regular season with a shoulder issue, but had rehabbed through the fall instructional league and was thought to be in good health until recently.  On a the latest edition of the PhoulBallz Podcast, Watson told me that he woke up one day in November with considerable discomfort in his joint and the pain worsened over the week that followed. The 21-year-old also admitted that the issue, which has kept him out of action since July, initially popped up in 2012 when he was playing racquetball.

admitted that the issue, which has kept him out of action since July, initially popped up in 2012 when he was playing racquetball. – See more at: http://philliesnation.com/archives/2013/12/watson-shoulder-injury-occurred-while-playing-racquetball/#sthash.yHoLtgN8.dpuf
admitted that the issue, which has kept him out of action since July, initially popped up in 2012 when he was playing racquetball. – See more at: http://philliesnation.com/archives/2013/12/watson-shoulder-injury-occurred-while-playing-racquetball/#sthash.yHoLtgN8.dpuf
admitted that the issue, which has kept him out of action since July, initially popped up in 2012 when he was playing racquetball. – See more at: http://philliesnation.com/archives/2013/12/watson-shoulder-injury-occurred-while-playing-racquetball/#sthash.yHoLtgN8.dpuf

Earlier this month, Watson was diagnosed by Phillies team doctor Michael Ciccotti with an enlarged capsule.  The procedure, which will occur in January in Los Angeles, will help to correct inflammation and clear more room for the arm to move in the socket.  If things go as expected, Watson would miss three months total.

After a difficult start to the 2013 regular season, in which he posted a 6.35 ERA in his first 12 starts with Class A Lakewood, the California native sported a 0.86 ERA in his final four outings prior to being sidelined. Overall in 16 starts, Watson posted a 4-6 record, a 6.62 K/9 mark and a .230 batting average against.

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Watson: Shoulder Injury Occurred While Playing Racquetball

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, December 06, 2013 02:26 PM Comments: 1

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Watson with Lakewood in 2013, image- Jay Floyd

In an interview I conducted on the PhoulBallz Minor League Podcast this Thursday, Phillies righty pitching prospect Shane Watson admitted that his recurring shoulder injury was a result of reckless play in a sport away from the baseball diamond.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with me and the show’s co-host and producer Tug Haines, the Phillies top draft pick from 2012 admitted that the issue, which has kept him out of action since July, initially popped up in 2012 when he was playing racquetball.

“Well, um, well it first started was me, when I was first  drafted…me being young and, uh, young a dumb, if you will, a whole year and a half ago,” Watson stated. “I was actually playing, like, tennis or racquetball or something and I, uh, like, ran into the wall and I injured my shoulder that way and they said it’s inflamed from that.”

Haines then jokingly reminded Watson that action on the court is not a contact sport. As a group, we shared a laugh, but the revelation that the 20-year-old hurler suffered damage to his throwing shoulder because of sports activity off the baseball field is certainly noteworthy. It would seem the Phillies are aware of this, if the organization’s physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti has knowledge of this mishap.  Ciccotti officially diagnosed Watson with an enlarged capsule during a visit to Philadelphia this week. Continue reading Watson: Shoulder Injury Occurred While Playing Racquetball

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Prospect Watson Has Shoulder Setback

Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, December 04, 2013 10:18 PM Comments: 0

Watson with Lakewood in 2013, image- Jay Floyd

Righty pitching prospect Shane Watson is dealing with another setback related to his throwing shoulder. The Phillies’ first round draft choice from 2012 visited team physician Michael Ciccotti in Philadelphia this week and was diagnosed with an enlarged capsule. Watson is back in Florida and is slated to rehab the injury through early next week at which time he will be reevaluated. If the shoulder hasn’t improved at that time, surgery will be in order to correct the issue.

Watson and Dr. Ciccotti are optimistic about a return to the mound, whether surgery is needed or not.

The 20-year-old missed considerable time during the 2013 regular season with inflammation in the joint then rehabbed the ailment at the Phillies’ spring training headquarters in Clearwater, FL through the closing months of the season and throughout the fall instructional league season.

After a rough start to the 2013 regular season, in which he posted a 6.35 ERA in his first 12 starts with Class A Lakewood, the California native sported a 0.86 ERA in his final four outings prior to being sidelined in July. Overall in 16 starts, Watson posted a 4-6 record, a 6.62 K/9 mark and a .230 batting average against.

Watson will be a guest on the PhoulBallz Podcast on Thursday to further address the concerns with his health.

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