Jonathan Papelbon will represent the Phillies at this year's All-Star Game in Cincinnati as the club's lone selection for 2015. The 34-year-old closer was announced among the National League's reserves Monday on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show on ESPN.
The Phillies only truly began their rebuilding process last December, when they traded Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers for a pair of Minor League pitchers.
Aaron Nola remains the Phillies' closest pitching prospect to the big leagues, especially with the rotation consistently struggling to pitch six innings. It would not be a surprise to see him with the Phillies before the end of the month.
Jimmy Rollins is not feeling especially nostalgic this week at Dodger Stadium.
Jimmy Rollins came through in the clutch against his old team and the Dodgers held on for a hard-fought 10-7 victory over the Phillies on Monday night at Dodger Stadium in a game that took four hours and 13 minutes to complete.
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Cole Hamels had little to show for his efforts Sunday, but at least he helped to temporarily stop the bleeding.
It is not Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon or Ben Revere, but the Phillies made a trade Sunday. They acquired the No. 1 overall signing slot ($3,590,400) for the 2015-16 international signing period from Arizona for Class A Lakewood right-hander Chris Oliver, Class A Lakewood left-hander Josh Taylor and the team's No. 9 overall signing slot ($1,352,100).
Ben Revere has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball since the middle of May. But Revere said Sunday morning he has been battling "mild" right hamstring soreness, although he pinch-hit Thursday and played left field as a defensive replacement Friday.
After Cole Hamels and Shelby Miller produced a pitching matchup that lived up to expectations on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field, Ryan Howard helped the Phillies claim a 4-0, 10-inning win over the Braves courtesy of the sacrifice fly he produced against Dana Eveland.
Phillies right-hander Kevin Correia allowed 10 hits and nine runs in just 3 1/3 innings Saturday night in a 9-5 loss to the Braves at Turner Field. It was the 14th time in the past 18 games a Phillies starter had not pitched six innings.
Cameron Maybin finished a triple shy of the cycle and the Braves provided Alex Wood more than enough support with two four-run innings against Kevin Correia during Saturday night's 9-5 win over the Phillies at Turner Field.
The Phillies entered Saturday on pace for 109 losses, which means Jonathan Papelbon has not been a particularly busy closer this season. But when he has pitched, he has pitched well.
Adam Morgan returned to the city in which he grew up, in which he dreamed of pitching one day. He did so as a Phillie, and came oh-so-close to defeating the Braves on Friday night.
Juan Uribe homered leading off the seventh inning to snap a tie and lift a stellar Julio Teheran and the Braves past a gallant Adam Morgan and the Phillies on Friday night in Atlanta, 2-1.
Chase Utley has yet to get back onto the field to even practice, but the Phillies second baseman is hoping to return from an ankle injury before August.
The Phillies lost unceremoniously. In an 8-7 defeat that lasted 11 innings, the Phillies sent six batters to the plate in extra innings. The results? Flyout. Strikeout. Popout. Groundout. Groundout. Groundout. But to characterize the entire loss based on the lack of extra-inning offensive output is a fallacy. The Phillies notched 16 hits on Thursday night and clawed back from a three-run deficit i
The Phillies bullpen carried the team in Thursday night's 8-7 11-inning loss to the Brewers, putting the Phillies in position to steal one win out of this four-game series. But being in position to win and winning are not one in the same.
The Phillies moved pitcher Aaron Harang to the disabled list on Thursday afternoon with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The move, which came as a counter move to Chad Billingsley being activated from the disabled list to start Thursday, came a day after Harang became the first Phillie to lose eight consecutive starts since 1972.
Phillies third baseman Maikel Roberts has earned NL Rookie of the month honors for his performance through the month of June.
The Brewers had already waited since last August to celebrate a sweep. A pair of extra innings on Thursday night were worth the effort. Adam Lind's 11th-inning single sent the Brewers to an 8-7 win over the Phillies and sealed Milwaukee's four-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park
Aaron Harang throws a lot of strikes. In the Phillies' 9-5 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday, Harang threw 91 pitches, 64 of which for strikes. Spending that much time in the zone ended up haunting Harang as he gave up eight runs and a season-high 14 hits in five-plus innings.
The Phillies and Brewers entered this week's four-game series at Citizens Bank Park with the two worst records in baseball.
The Robin Hood-esque nature of Major League Baseball has victimized the Philadelphia Phillies. At least, that's how Andy MacPhail, the team's next president, sees it.
Pete Mackanin knows his roster is subject to change. With today marking the start of July, the MLB Trade Deadline is officially less than a month away. And with sought-after trade commodities Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon on the Phillies' roster garnering interest from contending clubs, Mackanin said it is "probable" that they will be moved before the deadline.
The Phillies are finalizing a signing bonus with teenage outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz of the Dominican Republic for an estimated $4.2 million, according to industry sources.
The Phillies found a unique way to lose, 4-3, Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, and the Brewers could not have been happier about it.
As the frustration mounts, Cole Hamels knows the only way to stay sane is to stay optimistic. "It's something I've learned to control and learned to get over," Hamels said after the Phillies' 4-3 loss to the Brewers Tuesday night. "Just try to focus and be positive for the guys."
Interim manager Pete Mackanin had no update Tuesday afternoon on Chase Utley, who was scheduled to have a cortisone injection in his right ankle last week. But he said Cesar Hernandez is earning the right to play more the rest of the season.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced Tuesday that the Phillies will retain Pete Mackanin as interim manager through the rest of the season.