Phils Outright RHP Camp, Promote RHP Garcia

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, May 08, 2014 06:42 PM Comments: 2

The Phillies announced today that they have outrighted 38-year old veteran pitcher Shawn Camp. Camp, just two years removed from leading baseball in appearances, gave up two earned runs in three and a third innings pitched for the Phillies in 2014. Righty Luis Garcia has been called up to take his place. Garcia, 27, has a 3.62 ERA in 25 MLB appearances. Garcia made one appearance thus far in 2014, earning a strikeout.

Camp can choose to accept the demotion or elect to become a free agent.


Phillies Sign C Lars Davis

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, April 27, 2014 11:06 PM Comments: 3

The Phillies have announced that they have signed catcher Lars Davis to a minor league deal. Davis, 28, was a third-round pick by the Colorado Rockies in 2007 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a catcher in Colorado’s system through 2013. Davis signed with the Diamondbacks organization as a free agent this past offseason and was hitting .182/.333/.318 for Double-A Mobile before being released. Davis has not played in the Majors and is a career .255/.318/.354 minor league hitter.

Davis joined Double-A Reading today and was 0-1 in a pinch hit appearance.


Phillies Sign Adam Loewen to Minor League Deal

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, April 17, 2014 07:30 PM Comments: 1

According to Salisbury, Loewen will return to the mound in the Phillies’ minor league ranks.

The Phillies have signed pitcher Adam Loewen to a minor league deal. Loewen, 30, will return to the mound after spending the last six seasons as an outfielder. Loewen was ranked the #13 prospect by Baseball America in 2004 as a pitcher but converted to the outfield for the 2008 season after battling elbow trouble. Loewen spent parts of three years in the Majors with the Orioles, posting a 5.38 ERA in 164 IP.


Lincoln Clears Waivers, Pettibone Recalled

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, April 12, 2014 05:29 PM Comments: 0

Lincoln will head to Allentown while Pettibone makes his 2014 return to the Majors tonight. Photo: Philly.com

According to multiple reports, the Phillies have outrighted RHP reliever Brad Lincoln to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and have recalled Jonathan Pettibone. Lincoln was acquired on December 3, 2013 for catcher Erik Kratz and LHP Rob Rasmussen. Lincoln was a first-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006 but has struggled to find consistent success in the Major Leagues since his first call-up in 2010, giving up a homer in about one in every three appearances with no discernible platoon split. In two appearances for the Phils, Lincoln has given up three earned runs. Pettibone returns to action tonight with the Phils and will take the hill to face the Marlins.


Phillies Release INF Ronny Cedeno

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, March 25, 2014 10:21 AM Comments: 11

430592The Phillies have announced the release of  veteran backup infielder Ronny Cedeno, according to multiple reports on Twitter. He was hitting .182/.250/.273 in 13 games this Spring as a non-roster invitee.

After Kevin Frandsen was optioned to Lehigh Valley (AAA) on Sunday, the backup shortstop spot on the bench is down to just two in-house candidates: Cesar Hernandez (.281/.314/.313) and Reid Brignac (.353/.476/.529).  Freddy Galvis remains sidelined indefinitely with a MRSA infection.

The Phillies could look outside the organization for help, as well. As Todd Zolecki and Mett Gelb point out, Cesar Izturis is available.


Phillies Return Munson to Diamondbacks

Posted by Pat Egan, Tue, March 18, 2014 08:15 PM Comments: 0




Jim Salisbury of Comcast Sportsnet is reporting that the Phillies are returning RHP Kevin Munson back to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Munson, who was originally a 4th round pick in the 2010 draft out of James Madison University, was taken by the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft back in December.

Munson was a closer in college, and the Phillies thought they would be able to get a live arm that could bolster the bullpen. In 5 games this spring (7 IP) Munson posted a 1.29 ERA, but walked 8 batters. With Munson being returned to Arizona it  leaves the Phillies’ current big league roster at 31 players.


Phils Acquire C Koyie Hill

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, March 17, 2014 05:33 PM Comments: 6

http://cdn.sportsoverdose.com/thumbs/koyie-hill-55-mlb.jpgAccording to Washington Nationals’ beat writer William Ladson, the Phillies have acquired catcher Koyie Hill from the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later or cash. Hill has spent parts of ten seasons in the Major Leagues, making his MLB debut with the Dodgers in 2003 and spending time with the Diamondbacks, the Cubs, and Marlins. Hill is a career .206/.266/.287 hitter with 8 HR in 1027 PA and is anticipated to take the place of the recently-released Lou Marson as the veteran back-up catcher in Lehigh Valley with Cameron Rupp serving as the expected starter.


Phillies Move 7 to Minor League Camp, Release Marson

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, March 14, 2014 01:32 PM Comments: 13

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/images/headshot_46384.jpgPer Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies have moved seven Phillies’ players to minor league camp, optioning catcher Tommy Joseph, LHP Jeremy Horst, and outfielders Zach Collier and Tyson Gillies while re-assigning LHP Cesar Jimenez, RHP Ken Giles, and shortstop Andres Blanco. Additionally, the Phillies have released catcher Lou Marson and Sebastian Valle has been re-added to Major League camp even though he is no longer a member of the 40-man roster.


Phils Register 2 Hits, Lose 9-1 to Braves, Stutes Outrighted

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Tue, March 11, 2014 10:08 PM Comments: 6

The Phils lost another stinker today, 9-1 to the Braves. Reid Brignac and Kevin Frandsen registered the only hits of the game for the Phillies, who now sit at 2-10, dead last among all teams in Spring baseball with an MLB-worst -32 run differential. Marlon Byrd and Darin Ruf are the only players in camp with more than 20 AB that are hitting above .240 and the Phillies have now been no-hit through three innings in five of their last seven games. Yikes.

The lone bright spot in this affair was David Buchanan’s solid three inning, one hit, one walk performance. Buchanan is believed to have a shot at the fifth starter role. A man he is competing against, Sean O’Sullivan, gave up six earned in 2.2 IP.

The Phillies take on the Orioles in Sarasota tomorrow when A.J. Burnett takes the hill in an attempt to stop the bleeding. The madness starts at 1:05 PM and is part of a special Phillies’ webcast.

Shortly before the game, the Phillies outrighted righty Michael Stutes of the 40-man roster. Stutes, 27, has struggled to return to his 2011 rookie year form and the opening created by his outrighting will likely open the door for a starting pitcher to be added, most likely from the non-roster invitee pool that remains in camp.


Garcia, Stutes Optioned

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, March 08, 2014 09:39 AM Comments: 5

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that RHPs Luis Garcia and Michael Stutes have been optioned. Optioning Garcia and Stutes starts to clear up the bullpen picture, a bit. Garcia has appeared in only two Spring games but has given up three earned in two innings pitched. Stutes has been topping out at only 88 MPH during the Spring, allowing seven earned in three outings. Chris Branch asked Stutes if the shoulder that is troubling is healthy to which he replied “I’ll pass on that one.” Branch says Stutes will be working on keeping the ball down in minor league camp.

Some other reassignments also occurred but did not require options. Non-roster invitees OF Leandro Castro and C Sebastian Valle have been reassigned to minor league camp while 40-man roster invites OF Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan have been sent to minor league camp as well. There are currently 36 40-man roster players in camp and 16 non-roster invitees in camp fighting for 25 Phillies’ roster spots.

Additionally, the Phillies have released minor league infielder Jairo Cardozo per Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. The Venezuelan-native Cardozo, 20, hit just .196/.267/.228 with just two extra base hits for Short-Season Williamsport in 32 games played across three positions in the infield.

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