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Prospect Injury Notes: Crawford activation imminent, Watson progressing

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, April 28, 2015 11:30 PM Comments: 0

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Top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford, who has been out of action since late March with an oblique strain, is nearing a return.

After required rest, the 20-year-old is back in action, playing daily with the extended spring training team in Florida.

According to Crawford, he is feeling “ready to go”, but the decision to activate him to a full-season team roster, either Class A Advanced Clearwater or Double-A Reading, will come from the team’s athletic training staff, who is keeping a close eye on the youngster.

Crawford, who represented the Phillies in last year’s MLB All-Star Futures Game, was the organization’s top draft selection in 2013.  He sported a .285/.375/.406 slash line in 123 games combined at two levels last year.

Additionally, right-handed hurler Shane Watson continues to recover from his second shoulder surgery.

According the the 21-year-old Watson, he tossed two innings of live batting practice on Tuesday.  He’ll continue his throwing program and anticipates competing with the extended spring training team in one week.

Watson, who last pitched in a regular season game with Class A Lakewood in 2013, was the Phils’ top draft pick the year prior.  He tallied a 4-7 record with a 4.44 ERA and a .227 batting average against in 21 combined games at two levels.

The goal for Watson, once he’s stretched out without any setbacks this season, is for him to return to Lakewood, according to Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan.

Crawford and Watson grew up as childhood friends and were teammates at Lakewood High School in California.

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RHP prospect Anderson out with Tommy John surgery, more injury notes

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, April 14, 2015 07:00 PM Comments: 0

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Phillies director of player development confirmed to PhilliesNation’s Jay Floyd on Tuesday that right-handed pitching prospect Drew Anderson will miss the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery recently.

Selected in the 21st round of the 2012 draft by the Phillies, the six-foot-three 185-pounder sported a 12-9 record with a 2.97 ERA and a 7.39 K/9 mark through 34 pro games before being sidelined with injury last summer for Class A Lakewood.

The Phillies’ hope was for Anderson was for the 21-year-old to rehab through the ailment, but a setback with his throwing elbow resulted in the need for surgery.

“We knew there was a slight tear in the UCL ligament  and we tried to rehab him through it, but it went ahead and blew (out), so it’s time to fix it,” Jordan stated.

In other injury news, top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford, who is currently sidelined with an oblique strain, will return to hitting this coming weekend and could return to action in a couple weeks.

“We’re still hopeful that May 1st is realistic, it may be a few days after that,” Jordan stated of a possible activation date for Crawford.  “I think until he ramps up his activity and really swinging the bat and letting it go, until you see how his body responds, you never know for sure.”

Outfielder Kelly Dugan, who is sidelined with a right foot fracture and sent home to California to heal, is set to return to Clearwater to begin rehabbing his injury. Continue reading RHP prospect Anderson out with Tommy John surgery, more injury notes

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Pitching prospect Garner, others released, Dugan has setback

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, March 29, 2015 01:45 PM Comments: 7

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Via the esteemed Jim Salisbury on Twitter, there were a couple noteworthy minor league reports on Sunday with righty hurler Perci Garner being released and outfielder Kelly Dugan returning home to heal from a stress fracture in his foot.

Garner was the Phillies’ second round draft choice in 2010.  The 26-year-old sported a 19-23 record along with a 4.50 ERA and a .266 batting average against in 87 career games over his career.

Dugan, the Phils’ 2nd round draft selection in 2009, has not played this spring as he was initially sidelined with a stress reaction in his right foot.  The injury was re-diagnosed as a stress fracture, with the 24-year-old returning to his native California to rest and recuperate.

In his pro career to date, Dugan has tallied a .293/.368/.451 slash line in 425 games.

Additionally, as per well-connected Phillies blogger Baseball Betsy, the Phillies also parted ways with pitchers Jordan Guth and Kyle Bogese as well as first baseman Wilmer Oberto on Sunday.

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Hollands to miss time with elbow strain

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, March 22, 2015 07:01 PM Comments: 2

It was announced on Sunday that lefty hurler Mario Hollands will be sidelined for some time due to a strained common flexor tendon following an MRI examination.

A treatment plan for the ailment is yet to be determined.  Further evaluation by team doctor Michael Ciccotti is planned for the coming week.

As a rookie last year, the UC Santa Barbara product tallied a 2-2 record with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP in 50 games as a reliever before missing time with a forearm injury late in the season.

In five appearances this spring in Grapefruit League action, Hollands, who was the Phillies’ 10th round draft selection in 2010, allowed seven earned runs in 5 1/3 innings (11.81 ERA).

The injury to Hollands could open the door for left-hander Andy Oliver to make the big league roster heading into the season.  Oliver, 27, sports a 2-0 record with a 2.16 ERA, 16 strike outs and three walks in 8 1/3 innings for the Phillies during the current exhibition season.

 

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Amaro refutes Biddle’s concussion diagnosis again and again

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, March 13, 2015 01:20 PM Comments: 33

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When a CSNPhilly piece by Jim Salisbury featured quotes from Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. discrediting prospect Jesse Biddle‘s assertion of suffering from a concussion last season, the uproar that should accompany such contradiction was missing.

The Phils’ 2010 opening round draft choice (27th overall), Biddle, missed considerable time last year after the Phillies told the media that the Germantown Friends School graduate needed a mental break.

Biddle struggled with his production after he was struck in the head with an ice pellet during a hail storm in May.  Prior to the ailment, which forced him to miss one start initially, the Philadelphia native posted a 3.18 ERA with 61 strike outs and 24 walks in 10 starts for Double-A Reading.  In the five starts that followed he had a 9.81 ERA with 15 strike outs and 16 walks issued.

At the time of the injury last year, Biddle was diagnosed by a doctor as having a concussion and, according to a piece by the Reading Eagle’s Mike Drago last year, it was his the third of his life.

Biddle’s high demands on himself drove him to push through the difficulties and things weren’t getting better.  In June he would be shut down to visit a specialist and participate in physical therapy in Florida.

Biddle offered a declaration to me in August that the damage caused by being struck in the head was quite substantial, having an impact outside of baseball.

“I definitely was experiencing some symptoms and whether or not they were affecting me on the field, they just affected my day to day life,” Biddle said. Continue reading Amaro refutes Biddle’s concussion diagnosis again and again

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Buchanan looks sharp in win as Phils down Tigers

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, March 12, 2015 04:35 PM Comments: 9

spring-training-2015On Thursday in Lakeland, the Phillies notched their fifth win on the preseason, led on the mound by righty hurler David Buchanan and on offense by infielder Andres Blanco.

Buchanan posted three scoreless frames to collect his first win of the Grapefruit League season.  In relief of starter Jerome Williams, the 25-year-old Buchanan allowed just one hit and struck out one batter while allowing no walks.

Williams, who is a lock for the Phils’ starting rotation along with Buchanan, allowed two earned runs on four hits, including a home run, in three innings of work.

Giving the Phillies a lead in the 5th, the veteran Blanco, who is batting .308 in seven spring contests, laced a triple that scored two in a six-run inning that gave the Phils all they needed to post the 6-5 victory.

Outfielder Jeff Francoeur and Rule 5 pick up Odubel Herrera each collected two safeties for the winning club.  Center fielder Ben Revere went 0-for-4 while slugger Ryan Howard was 0-for-3 on the day. Continue reading Buchanan looks sharp in win as Phils down Tigers

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Oft-injured Dugan speaks on latest ailment

Posted by Jay Floyd, Thu, February 26, 2015 06:00 PM Comments: 1

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Phillies outfield prospect Kelly Dugan expects to be ready to play when the regular season gets rolling in April.

Sidelined with a stress reaction in his right foot, Dugan, who is no stranger to injuries, showed up to spring training this week in a walking boot and has engaged in limited activity thus far in Clearwater.  This issue popped up recently while the California native was running sprints.

For those wondering precisely what a stress reaction is, Dugan cleared that matter up.

“There is no fracture.  It’s a low level bone injury from stress to the area,” Dugan explained via text message on Thursday.

The 24-year-old is working to stay in shape in the weight room and states that he is able to play light catch with a regular shoe, free of any pain.

Dugan, who was the Phillies top draft selection (2nd round) in 2009, will be in the walking boot for another week.

“Things are going smoothly so far,” Dugan stated.  “Doctors and trainers expect me to be a full go before camp breaks because the MRI showing a stress reaction that was very mild.”

The son of Hollywood director Dennis Dugan, Kelly sports a solid career slash line (.293/.368/.451) in five pro seasons and will likely open the 2015 campaign on the Triple-A Lehigh Valley roster.

In his professional career, Dugan has spent time on the shelf with a collection of injuries including a staph infection, an ankle sprain, oblique strains and turf toe.

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Watson begins throwing program after second surgery

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, February 08, 2015 04:55 PM Comments: 0

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Shane Watson, image- Jay Floyd

Righty hurler Shane Watson is on the road to recovery once again.

Following his second shoulder surgery in a year, the Phillies’ first round draft choice from 2012 began a throwing program on Friday under the watchful eyes of Phillies trainers and coaches in Clearwater, FL on Friday.

Watson threw 25 pitches from 60 feet and stated via text message on Sunday that he feels good.  The California native will throw again on Monday.  Going forward, his throwing program will consist of throwing two consecutive days, followed by one day off, throwing two days and so on, as he works to build arm strength.

Currently, the six-foot-four 200-pounder is also working on strengthening modalities with the Phils’ training staff as well as “dry mound work” with minor league pitching coach Steve Schrenk. Continue reading Watson begins throwing program after second surgery

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Off-season League Updates: Franco slumps, Martin deals with injury

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, November 23, 2014 11:40 AM Comments: 0

It’s time once again for another weekly review of Phillies players’ performances and progress in off-season leagues around the globe.

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Third baseman Maikel Franco has been in a slump lately, going 3-for-27 (.111 avg) over his last seven games.  One positive out of that is that two of his three hits during that time are home runs.  Overall in 22 games for the Gigantes, the 22-year-old is batting .239 with six homers and 21 RBI.  This year in 133 contests with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the righty hitting Franco posted a .257 batting average with 16 home runs and 78 RBI.

Right-handed reliever Hector Neris has made 11 scoreless appearances for the Toros while striking out five and walking four in 8 2/3 innings.  The 25-year-old appeared in one game with the Phils this year, earning a win in his big league debut.

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Power hitting outfielder Dylan Cozens has a .205 average with three homers and six RBI in 11 contests with Melbourne.  This year, with Class A Lakewood, the 20-year-old sported a .248 average with 16 home runs and 62 RBI in 132 games.  The six-foot-six 235-pounder was the Phillies’ 2nd round draft selection in 2012.

Catcher Chace Numata has tallied a .295 average with three doubles and four RBI in 12 games, also with Melbourne.  Numata missed much of the 2014 season after undergoing surgery to repair a broken hamate bone prior to the season.  The 22-year-old was the Phillies’ 14th round draft pick in 2010.

After opening his season 1-for-12, outfielder Brian Pointer has gone 11-for-34 (.324 avg).  Overall, Pointer has a .261 average with a home run and five RBI in 12 games with Perth.  In 123 games for Class A Advanced Clearwater this year, Pointer posted a .246 average with 15 homers, 53 RBI and 16 steals.  The 22-year-old lefty batter was the Phils’ 28th round pick in 2010.

Third baseman Mitch Walding is batting .220 with three doubles and eight RBI in 11 contests for Canberra.  Walding sported a .237 average with seven home runs and 55 RBI in 108 games for Class A Lakewood this year.  The 22-year-old was the Phillies’ 5th round draft choice in 2011. Continue reading Off-season League Updates: Franco slumps, Martin deals with injury

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Biddle headed home from PR with elbow soreness

Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, November 11, 2014 03:25 PM Comments: 1

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced to reporters on Tuesday that top pitching prospect Jesse Biddle had experienced elbow soreness and would be headed to Philadelphia for evaluation.

The six-foot-five 220-pound lefty allowed seven earned runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings in his most recent outing for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican/Roberto Clemente League on Saturday.  In his only other outing in the fall/winter league, Biddle was charged with two earned runs in three innings of work on October 31st.

Biddle, a Philadelphia native, missed considerable time during the regular season this year, as he was sidelined with a concussion while pitching for Double-A Reading.  This year Biddle sported a 5-10 record along with a 4.58 ERA and an 8.75 K/9 mark in 19 minor league starts (16 with Reading).  He struck out seven and walked four in 5 1/2 total innings.

The concern surrounding Biddle’s progress shouldn’t be too high, while the injuries have piled up.  Recent projections did not have had Biddle as a big league contributor next year and, at age 23, there is still plenty of time to get the youngster healthy and back in form.

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