Quintero Heads List of Nine Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees for Phillies

The Phillies invited nine non-40-man roster players to Spring Training this season. The list is headed by free agent catcher Humberto Quintero, who is the top candidate to back-up Erik Kratz while Carlos Ruiz serves his 25-game suspension. Quintero will compete with prospects Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle for that spot. Quintero, 33, hit .232 … Continue reading Quintero Heads List of Nine Non-Roster Spring Training Invitees for Phillies

Spring Training: Phillies 7, Braves 7

Spring Training play has finally concluded for the Phillies, who head back home today. Finishing with a 12-16 record (who’s really keeping track anyway?), the Phils tied with division rival Atlanta, 7-7, today. Cliff Lee got the start, allowing a run on five hits and a walk while striking out one in four innings. Joe … Continue reading Spring Training: Phillies 7, Braves 7

Spring Training: Blue Jays 8, Phillies 5

John Mayberry Jr was in a terrible slump heading into the final weekend of Grapefruit League play. That’s why a big weight was lifted off his shoulders in the 7th inning when he snapped a 19-at-bat hitless streak in the Phillies 8-5 loss. It was his only hit in his three at-bats, lifing his spring … Continue reading Spring Training: Blue Jays 8, Phillies 5

Phils add IF Blanco to the mix

The Phillies are bolstering up their middle infield stock heading into the season opener this upcoming Thursday. By doing so they added infielder Andres Blanco. Blanco, 27, is a middle infielder who was cut by the Nationals the other day. Blanco opted out of his contract when he knew he wasn’t going to make the … Continue reading Phils add IF Blanco to the mix

Spring Training: Yankees 13, Phillies 9

It was a bullpen outing for the Phillies today against the Yankees. With several spots up in the air with an injury to Michael Stutes and the unreadiness of Jose Contreras from last year’s injury, a couple of surprises could make the Opening Day roster. Kyle Kendrick and Jonathan Papelbon, two locks for the bullpen, … Continue reading Spring Training: Yankees 13, Phillies 9

Stutes has shoulder stiffness

Michael Stutes is experiencing some shoulder stiffness and will not start in a bullpen game against the Yankees on Friday. Stutes, who is a lock to make the bullpen this season, said he had been feeling stiff most of spring, thinking it was just typical stiffness experienced in the spring training.¬†“I finally had to say … Continue reading Stutes has shoulder stiffness

Spring Training: Twins 11, Phillies 7

Carlos Ruiz has been hitting the cover all spring, a small positive note in an otherwise dreary spring for the Phillies. Ruiz went 2-for-3 on the day, pumping his average up to .472 in Grapefruit League play this season. But the Phillies dropped their game, 11-7, the Twins on Wednesday. Vance Worley got the start … Continue reading Spring Training: Twins 11, Phillies 7

Phils add IF Thurston

The Phillies bolstered their minor leagues by signing former Astros infielder Joe Thurston, according to Todd Zolecki.¬†Houston just released the 32-year-old the other day. He will open with Reading or Lehigh Valley and will not be considered a candidate for the big-league club. Thurston played an 18-game stint with the Phillies in 2006 where he … Continue reading Phils add IF Thurston

Spring Training: Phillies 5, Pirates 4; Galvis bruises foot

First thing’s first… Cliff Lee has himself ready for the season, pitching lights out as well as getting his bat up to speed. Lee went six scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and a walk while striking out three in the Phillies 5-4 win over the Pirates. He also doubled in his only hit of … Continue reading Spring Training: Phillies 5, Pirates 4; Galvis bruises foot

Roster Moves: Diekman, Elarton and Sanches sent down

Right-handed relievers Scott Elarton and Brian Sanches were both re-assigned to minor league camp this morning. Lefty Jake Diekman was optioned as well. Both Elarton and Diekman had good shots at making the Opening Day roster. Elarton was having an up-and-down spring, sprinkling two awful outings in with three good ones. He allowing eight runs … Continue reading Roster Moves: Diekman, Elarton and Sanches sent down