The Philadelphia Phillies have placed 24-year old righty starting pitcher Vincent Velasquez on the 15-day disabled list due to a right biceps strain. Velasquez has pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 5-2 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He has given up 56 hits and 22 walks while whiffing 73 batters in his first 61 2/3 innings so far this year, which are pretty impressive numbers. Velasquez started this season really strongly, starting four games in April in which he was 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. But, since May 1st, he has struggled a bit. He has started 8 games since May 1st, and he is 2-1 with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. I have to think that he has been hurting for a little bit and tried to fight through it. The Phillies were smart to shut him down for at least a couple of weeks, as he is very important to their future!
19-year old righty starting pitched Adonis Medina came into this season as the Philadelphia Phillies‘ #9 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 10 games (8 starts) in Rookie ball last year and he was 3-2 with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He has given up 42 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 35 batters in his first 45 1/3 innings so far this year. Medina has now pitched in 21 games (10 starts) in his first two years in the minors and he is 5-5 with 1 save, a 2.39 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. The Phillies are not going to rush Medina.
37-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz could be nearing the end of the line for the Philadelphia Phillies, just like Ryan Howard. Ruiz has played in 23 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 19 of 84 (.226 avg, .670 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 3 homers and 7 RBIs. He has now played in 1,044 games in his first 11 years with the Phillies and he is 874 of 3,297 (.265 avg, .745 OPS) with 380 runs scored, 68 homers, 396 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. Ruiz was an All-Star as recently as 2012 (his only time on the team so far in his career). He has also played in 46 games in the post-season for the Phillies and he is 36 of 142 (.254 avg, .789 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 4 homers, 15 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Ruiz helped the Phillies win the World Series in 2008. Ruiz is #35 in games played in Phillies’ history with 1,044 of them. He is also #43 in hits (874), #26 in doubles (210), #39 in homers (68), #41 in RBIs (396) and #34 in walks (371) in Phillies’ history. It will be sad to see Ruiz and Howard go, but they are both running on fumes right now.
The Philadelphia Phillies have activated 27-year old lefty reliever Mario Hollands off the D.L. Hollands had Tommy John surgery in April of 2015. He has pitched in 8 games (0 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment this year and he was 0-0 with a 1.46 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. His only Major League experience came back in 2014 for the Phillies, when he worked in 40 games (0 starts) in which he was 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.
The Philadelphia Phillies have activated 25-year old lefty swinging OF/3B Cody Asche off the D.L. Asche played in 15 games in A+AA+AAA-ball on his rehab assignment this year and he was 10 for 59 (.169 avg, .629 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 4 homers and 8 RBIs. He has played in 300 games in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 242 of 984 (.246 avg, .693 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 27 homers, 107 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. This is good news for the Phillies as they need outfield help and Asche should be able to give them a boost there.
The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 30-year old lefty swinging outfielder David Lough for assignment. Lough played in 30 games for the Phillies this year and he was 16 for 67 (.239 avg, .655 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 342 games in his first five years in the show and he is 190 of 749 (.254 avg, .671 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 13 homers, 67 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. This isn’t much of a loss for the Phillies moving forward.
The Philadelphia Phillies have released 29-year old lefty reliever Bobby LaFromboise. LaFromboise pitched in 13 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Phillies and he was 1-3 with a 5.94 ERA and a 2.28 WHIP. He has pitched in 27 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 0-1 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. This isn’t much of a loss for the Phillies moving forward.
36-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard is going to grab some bench for the next 3-4 games for the Philadelphia Phillies. Howard has played in 46 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 22 of 143 (.154 avg, .558 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 8 homers and 19 RBIs. Howard has also whiffed 53 times while only walking 12 times so far this year, as he has appeared overmatched at the plate! 24-year old righty swinging Tommy Joseph is going to try to take the starting job away from Howard in the next few days. Joseph has played in 13 games so far this year for the Phillies and he is 10 for 37 (.270 avg, .816 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 3 homers, 5 RBIs and 1 stolen base. I hate to see Howard’s time in Philly possibly ending this way, as he has been one of the best players in franchise history. He is second in Phillies’ history in homers (365, behind only Mike Schmidt) and he is also third in RBIs (1,154, behind only Mike Schmidt and Ed Delahanty….both Hall of Fame players).
The Philadelphia Phillies have designated 31-year old switch-hitting infielder Emmanuel Burriss for assignment. Burriss played in 27 games for the Phillies this year and he was 4 for 33 (.121 avg, .407 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers, 0 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 314 games in his first seven years in the show and he is 181 of 756 (.239 avg, .570 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 1 homer, 42 RBIs and 41 stolen bases. The Phillies shouldn’t miss Burriss too much moving forward.
UPDATE: (6/4/2016) – Burriss has accepted his outright assignment to AAA, so he will remain with the Phillies.
The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired 27-year old switch-hitting 3B/OF Jimmy Paredes from the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations. Paredes played in 7 games for the Blue Jays this year and he was 4 for 15 (.267 avg, .886 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs. He has now played in 256 games in his first six years in the show and he is 208 of 808 (.257 avg, .667 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 16 homers, 83 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. This was a good pickup for the Phillies, as Paredes has been a solid hitter so far in his career in the show.