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Rosters Expand; Schierholtz Activated From DL

ATLANTA — The rosters all around baseball expanded to 40 today.

With that, the Phillies made their first move of the final month, activating outfielder Nate Schierholtz from the 15-day DL. With Schierholtz’s activation, no one has to be sent back down in his place.

In the coming weeks that won’t be the only player to be added to the roster. Expect a few prospects and returning pitchers to make appearances for the remaining 30 games.

That list includes pitchers Joe Savery, Michael Schwimer and possibly Justin De Fratus and a first-look at J.C. Ramirez. As far as position players, Jason Pridie and Pete Orr could make it back to the Majors.

 

Phillies Prospect Aumont Gets Call to The Show

RHP Phillippe Aumont pitching this past Sunday in Lehigh Valley. (Photo by John Russo)

PHILADELPHIA — Almost three years ago, Cliff Lee was traded to Seattle for a package of prospects.

The move replenished the farm system after the Phillies dealt some of their top prospects to Toronto to acquire Roy Halladay.

Three players were acquired for Lee: pitchers Phillippe Aumont and J.C. Ramirez as well as outfielder Tyson Gillies. Aumont will be the first to finally wear a Phillies jersey.

Ramirez is also with Triple-A, posting a 3-1 record with 4.73 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. Gillies is in Double-A Reading and is currently suspended for yelling at a bus driver.

The move will come almost forced, with Jeremy Horst, the player whose spot was vacated, taking time off on paternity leave, as well as Aumont’s turn coming next after a dozen failed bullpen experiments this season.

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IronPigs, R-Phils Shuffle Includes Sanches, Valle

ALLENTOWN, PA — The Phillies weren’t the only team in their organization that did a little bit of shuffling at the trade deadline.

With the addition of some prospects, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Phillies moved some guys around to make room for the return the Phillies got for Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino.

C Sebastian Valle in 2009. (Crosscutters/Dick Hostrander)

Right-hander Brian Sanches was released, ending his second stint with the Phillies.

Sanches, 33, was 3-2 with a 2.50 ERA (39.2IP, 15R/11ER) in 25 games this season with the IronPigs. With the Phillies, Sanches was 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA in 6 1/3 innings.

The Pigs also reassigned right-handed pitcher Justin Friend to Reading.

Last night, the Phillies sold Pigs catcher Tuffy Gosewhisch to Toronto for cash. The Phillies also reassigned LHP Jake Diekman and Joe Savery back to Lehigh.

The R-Phils promoted two players to Lehigh. They were catcher Sebastian Valle and infielder Cesar Hernandez.

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Phillies Score Four in the 9th to Comeback Against Brewers

Phillies 1B Ryan Howard gestures to the home crowd after his solo home run in the 1st inning. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Phillies 7, Brewers 6
WP – Joe Savery (1-2, 5.63)
LP – Francisco Rodriguez (2-5, 4.47)

PHILADELPHIA — There is some life left in this 2012 Phillies team and they showed it tonight.

Trailing 6-3 heading into the 9th, Ty Wigginton’s one-out sacrifice fly capped off a come-from-behind win for the Phillies, a 7-6 win in Philadelphia Monday night.

With the bases loaded and Erik Kratz pinch-running for Ryan Howard, Wigginton lined a shot to left fielder Ryan Braun. Kratz tagged and Braun’s throw wasn’t in time as Kratz belly-flopped on home plate.

This game was not a typical Roy Halladay start.

Instead, it resembled a start in which Halladay is still having shoulder problems. To the team, that isn’t a good thing.

With his velocity down and his pitch count up, Halladay was roughed up by the Milwaukee offense. Fortunately for Halladay the Phillies were able to climb out of the early hole that he left them in.

Halladay’s fastball was only topping out around 90 MPH, and he paid big time because of it. He lasted six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out only three.

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Bullpen Shuffle: Phils Send Down Savery; DFA Qualls

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel reliever reliever Joe Savery in the 5th inning of the Phillies 11-7 loss to Pittsburgh. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — After a nine-inning bullpen game turned into a disaster, the Phillies made a pair of moves within their bullpen again.

After the Phillies 11-7 loss to the Pirates in which the entire bullpen pitched, the Phillies made two roster moves.

“It kind of backfired,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the game. “We got lit up.”

Right after the game, the Phillies sent Joe Savery packing for Lehigh. The left-hander has been terrible all season, posting a 5.73 ERA in 23 innings pitched. In fact, the Phillies are an astonishing 0-17 in games that Savery pitched.

In his place, they called up left-hander Brian Sanches. Sanches had pitched in three games this season, allowing five earned runs in four innings.

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Wieters Crushes Double in O’s Second Straight Walk-Off Win

Orioles designated hitter Matt Wieters watching his walk-off double in the 10th inning. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Orioles 5, Phillies 4 (10 innings)
WP – David O’Day (0-1, 3.06)
LP – Joe Savery (4-0, 1.78)

BALTIMORE — The quality that Baltimore that has made it such a successful team in the league’s toughest division is that they have the ability to strike at any given moment.

A pair of timely sources of power led the Orioles to their second straight walk-off hit in extra innings of the series, a 5-4 win in 10 innings Sunday afternoon. This one came from Matt Wieters, and it was a missile.

In the 10th after Ty Wigginton allowed an Adam Jones ground ball to tie him up, Wieters blasted a double off the wall in right field, scoring Jones from first to end the game.

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Phillies Call Up Three From LHV

Since Michael Schwimer can’t do much as a pitcher right now, he’s taking up a job in journalism.

Going by that tweet, the Phillies will be making a ton of moves regarding their bullpen and the injury to Laynce Nix.

First off, the Phillies announced last night they were optioning reliever Joe Savery to Lehigh. And with both lefty Jake Diekman and righty Raul Valdes being mentioned in the tweet, that means another reliever will be sent down as well.

Top candidate for that is Brian Sanches and his 2.75 WHIP and 11.25 ERA in four innings.

In 11 outings for Lehigh, Valdes is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 26 strike outs in 21 innings. Diekman is 1-0 with a 0.59 ERA in 15 1/3 innings (13 games) of work with 22 strike outs.

Nix reinjured his calf during a pinch-hit single in yesterday’s loss and could possibly wind up on the DL. Right-handed hitting Hector Luna will be the guy filling in, hitting .277 with a homer and 12 RBIs so far in AAA.

If Nix doesn’t go on the DL then catcher Erik Kratz could be sent back down.

Bullpen Killing the Phillies Right Now

Facts are facts: this Phillies bullpen really sucks.

Eight losses this season have been credited to the Phillies bullpen.

That’s a 16-game swing. Winning half of those games would give the Phillies an 18-14 record and keep that firmly planted out of the cellar. Instead, it’s been a nightmare watching the last few innings of every game.

The problems have been very recent. The bullpen has a 7.92 ERA (39 earned runs in 44 1/3 innings) in 17 appearances from April 21  to May 9 (stats from a tweet by Todd Zolecki).

In the past eight games, the Phillies bullpen cost the team a win five times dating back to the 15-13 debacle against the Braves. FIVE… and they were all against NL East foes!

Let’s look at those five games since you’re all incredibly miserable and there is nothing to put you in a worse mood.

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Nats Bomb Worley, Phils

It could be a long season for the Phillies.

Washington took Phillies pitching deep three times, taking the second game of the series, 7-1, Saturday afternoon. The Nationals have won seven straight against the Phillies for the first time since they were the Montreal Expos in 1989.

Jayson Werth made a statement in the 5th inning. With runners on the corners, Werth ripped a three-run bomb, flipping his bat in the process to give the Nationals a 3-1 lead.

The homer unhinged Vance Worley, who would allow three more hits in the inning, including an RBI double to Rick Ankiel to make it a 4-1 game.

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Infante Homers Twice As New-Look Fish Beat Phils

A frustrated Hunter Pence takes his helmet off after popping out to end the 1st inning. (AP Photo/The News-Journal, Suchat Pederson)

No Giancarlo Stanton? No problem says Miami, who found their power source elsewhere Monday afternoon.

Spoiling the home opener for the Phillies, Miami went into Philadelphia without their most dangerous hitter against one of the division’s premier aces and dominated.

It was Omar Infante who was the unlikely power source in the Marlins 6-2 win.

Infante hit two solo home runs off starter Cole Hamels and reliever Joe Savery, his second and third dingers of the season. Austin Kearns, who was playing in place of Stanton, also homered late in the game off Jonathan Papelbon, who was pitching in relief to get some work in.

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