The Philadelphia Phillies call up Adam Morgan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 29 April 2016 at 4:03 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have called up 26-year old lefty starting pitcher Adam Morgan, and he will get the first shot to replace Charlie Morton in the rotation.  Morgan pitched in 3 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 1-1 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Phillies last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 5-7 with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  The Phillies have sent 29-year old righty reliever Luis Garcia to AAA to make room on the roster for Morgan.  Garcia pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the Phillies so far this year and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  Garcia has now pitched in 110 games (0 starts) in his first four years with the Phillies and he is 6-7 with 2 saves, a 3.90 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  Garcia will be back at some point in 2016 for the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Charlie Morton on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 24 April 2016 at 4:55 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 32-year old righty starting pitcher Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left hamstring.  Morton has pitched in 4 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  The Phillies have called up 29-year old righty reliever Luis Garcia to replace Morton on the pitching staff.  Garcia has pitched in 5 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he is 0-1 with 1 save, a 4.26 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP.  He has pitched in 109 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 6-7 with 2 saves, a 3.94 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.

UPDATE:  (4/27/2016) – The Phillies will be without Charlie Morton for the rest of the 2016 season, as he needs surgery to repair his torn left hamstring.

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA James Russell

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 20 April 2016 at 4:15 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 30-year old lefty reliever James Russell for assignment.  Russell pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this year and he was 0-0 with a 18.69 ERA and a 3.23 WHIP.  He gave up 9 hits (2 homers), 9 runs (all earned), walked 5 batters and he whiffed 4 batters in 4 1/3 innings for the Phillies, as he was hit hard.  Russell has now pitched in 394 games (6 starts) in his first seven years in the show and he is 10-18 with 4 saves, a 4.09 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  The Phillies have called up 31-year old righty reliever Andrew Bailey to replace Russell in the pen.  Bailey pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Phillies in AAA-ball this year and he was 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Bailey has pitched in 216 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the show and he is 11-13 with 89 saves, a 2.74 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.  He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2009 and he was an American League All-Star in 2009 and 2010.  If Bailey is truly healthy, he will be a nice addition to the Phillies’ pen.

UPDATE:  (4/22/2016) – The Philadelphia Phillies have outrighted James Russell to AAA.  He will have a few days to decide to accept it or reject it and become a free agent.

The Philadelphia Phillies acquire Alfredo Marte from the Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 18 April 2016 at 5:04 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired 27-year old righty swinging outfielder Alfredo Marte from the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations or a player to be named later.  Marte played in 2 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles this year and he was 0 for 5 (.000 avg, .000 OPS) with 2 whiffs.  Marte has played in 71 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 28 of 155 (.181 avg, .532 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 2 homers, 13 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  This is just the Phillies taking a flier on a player that is close to the majors that could help them at some point in 2016.

The Philadelphia Phillies call up David Lough

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 18 April 2016 at 2:53 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have called up 30-year old lefty swinging outfielder David Lough.  Lough played in 6 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 7 for 25 (.280 avg, .628 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Lough played last year with the Orioles.  He has now played in 312 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 174 of 682 (.255 avg, .672 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 13 homers, 63 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  The Phillies have sent 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Cedric Hunter to AAA to open up the roster spot for Lough.  Hunter played in 13 games for the Phillies this year and he was 3 for 34 (.088 avg, .315 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI.  Hunter has now played in 19 games in his first two years in the show and he is 4 of 38 (.105 avg, .355 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI.

UPDATE:  (4/25/2016) – Cedric Hunter has cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA.

The Philadelphia Phillies lose Daniel Stumpf to suspension

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 15 April 2016 at 8:55 am

25-year old lefty reliever Daniel Stumpf of the Philadelphia Phillies has been suspended for 80 games due to him testing positive for PEDs.  Stumpf pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 40.50 ERA and a 4.50 WHIP.  He has pitched 2/3 of an inning for the Phillies so far this year and he has given up 1 hit (it was a homer), 3 runs (all earned) and he has walked 2 batters without whiffing any.  He was a Rule 5 Draft pick over the winter from the Kansas City Royals.  The Phillies have called up 24-year old lefty reliever Elvis Araujo to replace Stumpf in the bullpen.  He pitched in 1 game (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies this year and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 0.00 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP.  He got his first taste of the majors in 2015 with the Phillies, as he worked in 40 games (0 starts) for them in which he was 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  Araujo is a better pitcher than Stumpf, so the Phillies are a better team than they were before.

Andrew Pullin has retired from the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 10 April 2016 at 7:54 am

22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Andrew Pullin has retired from the Philadelphia Phillies.  Pullin played in 123 games in A-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 127 of 493 (.258 avg, .696 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 14 homers, 73 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Pullin played in 344 games in his four years in the minors and he was 360 of 1,336 (.269 avg, .715 OPS) with 158 runs scored, 28 homers, 170 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.  Pullin gave no reason for his retirement.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 1 April 2016 at 6:58 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have released 29-year old righty starter/reliever Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.  Gonzalez pitched in 6 games (all starts) in Rookie+AAA-ball last year and he was 0-2 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  His only major league experience came back in 2014 for the Phillies when he pitched in 6 games (0 starts) and he was 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP.  This is next to no loss for the Phillies moving forward.

The Philadelphia Phillies release Edward Mujica

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 1:54 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have released 31-year old righty reliever Edward Mujica.  Mujica pitched in 6 games (0 starts) this spring for the Phillies and he was 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.  He pitched in 49 games (0 starts) for the A’s and Red Sox last year in which he was 3-5 with 1 save, a 4.75 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  Mujica has now pitched in 494 games (4 starts) in his first 10 years in the show and he is 24-28 with 50 saves, a 3.85 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Mujica should have little problem finding a new team for 2016.

UPDATE:  (3/30/2016) – The Phillies have signed Edward Mujica to a minor league deal.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Will Venable

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 28 March 2016 at 2:22 pm

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed 33-year old lefty swinging outfielder Will Venable to a minor league deal.  He played in 135 games for the Rangers and Padres last year and he was 85 of 349 (.244 avg, .669 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 6 homers, 33 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.  Venable has now played in 955 games in his first 8 years in the show and he is 706 of 2,818 (.251 avg, .722 OPS) with 376 homers, 81 homers, 307 RBIs and 135 stolen bases.  This was a good pickup for the Phillies, as Venable has some power and some speed.

UPDATE:  (4/2/2016) – The Phillies have sent Venable to the minors to start the 2016 season.  He played in 14 games this spring for the Phillies and Indians in which he was 5 for 33 (.152 avg, .427 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.

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