Pat Gillick never left the Phillies, but he is back on a full-time basis after ownership asked him last week to be the organization's interim president while David Montgomery takes a medical leave of absence.
The Phillies hope Maikel Franco is that young, impactful hitter they have been seeking for some time. He will get his opportunity to play this month.
Plenty of eyes will be focused this month on infielder Maikel Franco, but another September callup worth watching is right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. Gonzalez signed a three-year, $12 million contract last summer as a starting pitcher, but the Phillies made him a reliever because of health concerns.
Kyle Kendrick had his finest performance of the season Tuesday night in a 4-0 victory over the Braves at Turner Field, allowing three hits in seven innings.
The Phillies added seven players to their roster following Monday's 7-0 win over the Braves, and one is Triple-A Lehigh Valley infielder Maikel Franco.
The Phillies decided to protect their ace by pulling Cole Hamels during a no-hitter, but the lefty was still a part of history and has plenty of time to throw a no-hitter on his own.
The Phillies had an emotional week with news on Thursday that team president David Montgomery would take a leave of absence to recover from jaw bone cancer surgery. So it was a nice touch Monday when Cole Hamels announced the ball used to make the final out in Philadelphia's 7-0 victory in the combined no-hitter against the Braves would be dedicated to Montgomery.
A few statistical nuggets related to the Phillies' combined no-hitter of the Braves on Monday afternoon in Atlanta.
What four Phillies pitchers joined forces to accomplish on Monday is no easy feat. Just ask some of the franchise's all-time greats.
Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon combined to finish the no-hitter started by Cole Hamels on Monday against the Braves at Turner Field.
Every no-hitter seems to have at least one memorable defensive play, and Monday's at Turner Field proved no different. Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd made a diving catch in the third inning that not only kept the combined no-no alive in a 7-0 victory over the Braves, but also prevented a couple runs from scoring.
Ruiz caught the third no-hitter of his career on Monday afternoon in a 7-0 victory over the Braves at Turner Field, although this was the first without Roy Halladay and the first that featured more than one pitcher.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hopes to see more improvement from recently acquired Double-A third baseman Gustavo Pierre. The Phillies got him Sunday from Toronto for outfielder John Mayberry Jr., who was not going to return next season.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Monday there will be more adjustments to the Phillies' roster in the future, following Sunday's trade that sent John Mayberry Jr. to Toronto for Minor League third baseman Gustavo Pierre.
Cole Hamels tossed six no-hit innings and got help from Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon to record the Phillies' first combined no-no in a 7-0 victory over the Braves on Monday at Turner Field.
The Phillies made one more trade before Sunday's midnight waiver Trade Deadline, shipping outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Blue Jays in exchange for Double-A third baseman Gustavo Pierre.
On Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, A.J. Burnett finished his August much like he began it. After a strong four scoreless innings, he collapsed, allowing five runs over the next two innings that were punctuated by a go-ahead three-run home run by Anthony Recker in the Phillies' 6-5 loss to the Mets.
The Phillies likely won't be welcoming or parting with any Major League players before Sunday's waiver deadline. But on Monday, when the roster can expand up to 40 players, some young new faces will give the Phillies a partial glimpse into the future.
The Phillies announced Sunday morning that they released veteran right-hander Jason Marquis from the organization after signing him in early June.
Jerome Williams pitched into the seventh in his fourth straight solid start, Marlon Byrd hit his 25th homer and the Phillies used a five-run sixth inning to even their series vs. the Mets with a 7-2 victory on Saturday night at Citi Field.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg challenged a call Saturday night at Citi Field, and the ruling came back in his favor. Replay officials overturned the safe call on the field by deciding that Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley tagged out a sliding David Wright during a rundown in the fourth inning.
If the Phillies plan to rebuild their roster through trades, those deals are likely to come in the offseason. The Phillies seem unlikely to trade anybody before Sunday's midnight deadline to acquire players eligible for the postseason, unless there is an injury or an unexpected change of heart from an opposing general manager.
Triple-A Lehigh Valley infielder Maikel Franco could be in the big leagues as early as Monday when rosters expand. If he is called up, the Phillies will need to find playing time for him. He can spell Ryan Howard at first base, but he also can play third base.
Right-hander Aaron Nola, the Phillies' No. 2 prospect, closed out his year in style Friday, throwing five scoreless innings to help Double-A Reading defeat Trenton, 3-0. Nola, ranked No. 46 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, struck out two, walked none and allowed four hits. He threw 61 pitches and earned the victory, his second in five starts with Reading.
The Phillies need to find ways to motivate themselves with a month of games to play in 2014. They are miles from a pennant race, so it will not be easy. But on Friday night at Citi Field, they had an opportunity to finally get out of last place in the National League East for the first time since June 27. They remained there following a sloppy 4-1 loss to the Mets.
Phillies fans are incredulous Darin Ruf cannot get more playing time. Reporters have asked Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg about it nearly every single day. "It's a challenge," Sandberg said before laughing.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. had a short, but simple message to his players Friday afternoon at Citi Field: Pat Gillick is in charge while Phillies president David Montgomery takes a leave of absence to recover from jaw bone cancer surgery, but that does not mean changes are coming to the organization. In fact, Amaro said, it will be business as usual.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said the team is expected to promote "five or six" players to the big leagues when rosters expand in September. Many of those players might get the call Tuesday, following Triple-A Lehigh Valley's season finale Monday.
Fifty years ago, in 1964, the Phillies flew home from Cincinnati after the final game of the regular season. They received a rousing reception when they landed, an expression of appreciation for a club that far exceeded expectations by winning 92 games and providing a summer of thrills.
The first pitch Ken Giles threw in the Majors -- a fastball that clocked in at 100 mph, according to the scoreboard in right field -- was met with rapturous applause from the Citizens Bank Park crowd. His second offering -- a 98-mph fastball -- drew sarcastic boos. And so it was quickly established.