3/14/2014 | Opposite-field homer a good sign for Howard
Coming back from an injury is about more than just getting healthy again. It can be about correcting bad habits that were picked up while making allowances for being hurt, and Ryan Howard's home run to left on Friday shows that he is on the right track.
3/14/2014 | Hamels to be cautious in recovery from tendinitis
Left-hander Cole Hamels, who is coming back from shoulder tendinitis, said Friday he felt no ill effects from his 20-pitch bullpen session two days earlier, but that he intends to proceed with caution.
3/14/2014 | Manship attempts to solidify roster spot
When Spring Training opened, right-hander and non-roster invitee Jeff Manship appeared to be ticketed for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It still may end up that way, but injuries have created openings and Manship has taken advantage of that.
3/14/2014 | Joseph optioned, but catcher optimistic about future
Tommy Joseph is one of the Phillies' top prospects, but he will have to wait to contribute in the Majors after the club made several moves to cut down the roster.
3/14/2014 | Hamels speaks with soldier upon return from tour
Cole Hamels took part in a surprise FaceTime conversation with Sgt. Joey Andreacchio, a Phillies fan who recently returned to his home in Langhorne, Pa., after his latest tour in Afghanistan.
3/14/2014 | Phillies fall late despite help from Utley, Howard
Chase Utley drove in two runs and Ryan Howard hit his first homer since July 5, but the Phillies couldn't hold a late lead in a 6-5 loss to the Pirates on Friday afternoon.
3/13/2014 | Phils' Gonzalez felt 'pinch' in throwing shoulder
The reality is Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez had a small chance to make the Opening Day roster. He has not looked ready yet to compete at the big league level.
3/13/2014 | Sandberg: Utley getting to where he wants to be
Chase Utley went 1-for-3 Thursday against the Yankees to raise his Spring Training batting average to .200. No cause for alarm, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
3/13/2014 | Hamels feels fine day after return to mound
The Phillies said Thursday that Cole Hamels felt fine following a bullpen session Wednesday at Bright House Field. It was the first time he had thrown from a mound since March 1.
3/13/2014 | Sandberg downplays Rollins' absence from lineup
The only things Jimmy Rollins knew Thursday morning at Bright House Field were that he had not played since Monday, and that Ryne Sandberg seemed upset with him about something.
3/13/2014 | Hernandez nearly perfect as Phillies top Yankees
Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez must hope Thursday is just a taste of things to come. Hernandez started with five perfect innings in a 6-2 victory over the Yankees in a Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field. Ten of his 15 outs came on ground balls.
3/12/2014 | Burnett working on finding slot, timing on curve
Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett threw breaking ball after breaking ball Wednesday at Ed Smith Stadium. It's a process. "It's getting there, little by little," he said after allowing three runs in four-plus innings. "Finally struck out somebody on a hook today. Still hit one, but at least I got one strikeout."
3/12/2014 | Galvis continues to start over Rollins
Ryne Sandberg has been singing Freddy Galvis' praises since the offseason, when he essentially guaranteed he would make the team as a utility infielder.
3/12/2014 | Gonzalez scratched with sore right shoulder
Right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez did not pitch as scheduled Wednesday in a Grapefruit League game against the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium because he has a sore right shoulder. The Phillies said he first experienced the soreness while throwing Tuesday.
3/12/2014 | Adams, Pettibone feel good after live BP sessions
Two Phillies pitchers trying to recover from shoulder issues took a step forward Wednesday. Right-handers Mike Adams and Jonathan Pettibone threw live batting practice sessions at Bright House Field. Adams is recovering from shoulder surgery last summer. Pettibone is behind schedule after experiencing inflammation in his shoulder last February, a recurring issue that put him on the DL last season.
3/12/2014 | Phillies pounce on Ubaldo early, fend off Orioles
Quiet offensively this spring, the Phillies erupted early, hitting Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez hard in Wednesday afternoon's 6-5 win at Ed Smith Stadium. Dominic Brown hit a bases-clearing triple to right field in the first inning, backing A.J. Burnett, who allowed three runs on four hits over four-plus innings.
3/12/2014 | Spring Training reboot: Hamels returns to mound
Cole Hamels threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Wednesday. It was the first time he'd thrown from a mound since March 1, when he suffered a setback following his recovery from inflammation in his left shoulder.
3/11/2014 | Sandberg impressed with Ruf's spring showing
Darin Ruf replaced Ryan Howard at first base in the seventh inning Tuesday at Champion Stadium. He never had an opportunity to hit, but he has nonetheless made his mark early this spring.
3/11/2014 | Buchanan making pitch for potential rotation spot
If Cole Hamels misses the first month of the season, the Phillies will need somebody to be their fifth starter. Jeff Manship and David Buchanan appear to be the top two internal candidates
3/11/2014 | Phils open spot on roster by outrighting Stutes
With a host of non-roster invitees having a chance to make the Opening Day roster, the Phillies on Tuesday outrighted right-hander Michael Stutes from the 40-man roster.
3/11/2014 | Dubee reflects fondly on time with Phillies
A short walk beyond center field at Champion Stadium, on a side field at the Braves baseball complex, Rich Dubee surveyed the action in front of him. He looked out of place in his white Braves uniform.
3/11/2014 | Buchanan logs solid outing in Phils' loss to Braves
David Buchanan started and went three scoreless innings in the Phillies' eventual 9-1 loss to the Braves on Tuesday.
3/11/2014 | Howard seeking return to all-fields approach
Ryan Howard averaged 50 homers and 143 RBIs per season from 2006-09 and was an MVP in '06. In those days, Howard hit the ball where it was pitched, which was often to left or center field. He's trying to get back to that mindset again.
3/10/2014 | Howard bats fifth, Byrd fourth vs. right-hander
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg had Ryan Howard hit fifth against Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy on Monday. Marlon Byrd hit fourth.
3/10/2014 | Sandberg not concerned about Phillies' offense
The Phillies have been held to one or no runs in five of their 13 Grapefruit League games and have been held to three or fewer runs nine times. Still, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg is not worried.
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