Found July 21, 2013 on Phillies Nation:
Jay Johnson‘s promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley last week was something that at least three other big league organizations thought could never happen.  Now, as he ascends to the top in the Phillies’ developmental ranks, the left-handed reliever is just a step from the big leagues and has proved many people wrong. Drafted twice, Johnson was turned away by the Orioles and Blue Jays, after being selected by those teams in 2009 and 2010 respectively, due to concerns raised with his elbow during physical examinations.  In both instances, the team and player had come to terms on a financial agreement, but the offers were rescinded following the discovery of bone spurs and loose chips in his joint. The following year the New Brunswick, Canada native worked out for the Mariners at their spring training home in Arizona.  It had reached the point where Johnson was no longer concerned with a monetary agreement, but he instead was willing to sign for much less.  He simply wanted the chance to...

Ruben Amaro Jr.: “people don’t know crap”

The Philadelphia Phillies front office is in a difficult situation just after the All-Star break. Unable to buy or sell in their current position, General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is losing his cool from the stress. Please click here to read this story. The post Ruben Amaro Jr.: “people don’t know crap” appeared first on Players View.

Former Phillies Players Say There Could Be Connection Between Brain Cancer, Stadium Team Played In

When a number of ex-Phillies players were diagnosed with brain cancer, their teammates began to wonder. Pitcher Ken Brett died in 2003. Tug McGraw, a star reliever, and catcher Johnny Oates lost their battles in 2004. Third baseman and longtime coach John Vukovich died in 2007. Now, Darren Daulton, the star catcher from the Phillies 1993 World Series team, is in a fight for his life...

Some Recently Designated For Assignment Players Can Help The Phillies

Could Chris Dickerson help the Phillies? The Phillies have some gaping holes at the moment: center field and relief pitching. The consensus is that the Phillies should not give up any significant prospects to make the team better. So what is left is dumpster diving. As MLB Trade Rumors reports,...

Roy Halladay throws off mound for first time since surgery

Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Roy Halladay made another key step towards his to action when he threw off the mound for the first time since shoulder surgery. As reported by Spencer Fordin of, "Halladay, who underwent a procedure to correct debridement in his labrum and rotator cuff in May, threw 20 pitches, all of them fastballs. The Phillies aren'...

Weekly Minors Round Up: The Hot List

It’s summer and in this scorching July weather, we’re focusing solely on the players who’ve been hot lately in this round of Phillies minor league notes. Triple-A Lehigh Valley- Cesar Hernandez with Reading in 2012, photo- Jay Floyd Newly minted center fielder and All-Star second baseman Cesar Hernandez is batting .338 along with four doubles, a triple and seven RBI in 17...

You Mad, Bro? Phuck Yeah, You Are! Edition

From MLB’s Philadelphia Phillies Message Board: “Phillies are notorious for exploding for a dozen or more runs and hits in a game, and then coming back the next day totally flat, offensively.” “here we go” “Hamels is nibbling and not holding runners on. Loss incoming” “ “phillies need new starting pitchers sellllllll” “Cole is such a joke” “just take him...

Phillies' Mike Adams, Jeremy Horst likely done for the season

The Philadelphia Phillies may not know whether they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, but they will surely know how limited they currently are.  With injuries to some of their top players, and injuries to role player sprinkled in, the Phillies will have a hard time making a run.  News came down this weekend that Mike Adams' season is likely over and Jeremy ...

Phillies GM insists he's looking to add pieces

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies – 6 ½games out of the National League East lead after Sunday – are still looking to buy as the July 31 trade deadline looms. Bullpen help remains their No. 1 target, with center field nipping closely behind. “If you ask me today, we’re gonna try to improve the club somehow,” Amaro said before the Phillies’ 5-0 loss....

Second Place Phils Call Cole Hamels To Take On Mets In Game Two

15 hits, 13 runs...that's what it took for the Phillies to win their 49th game of the season and get a head start on the second half of the season. Although Kyle Kendrick surrendered six earned runs through 5 2/3 innings his offense gave him enough run support to give...

Bad Weekend Series Leaves Phillies in Limbo

Remember back on Friday night when the Phillies pounded the Mets to the tune of 13 runs? Remember all those hits and homers? Ah, memories… Now back to reality…and reality has hit the Phillies hard this weekend as they dropped 2 games out of 3 to the Mets. Saturday’s game was winnable, but Cole Hamels floundered again and the offense blew many opportunities. Sunday’s game...

Phils Struggle In The Heat As Mets win 5-4

Cole Hamels looked to continue his recent string of success when he took the hill in New York Saturday, but the Phillies' ace struggled early in a 5-4 loss. Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a solo drive to right off of Mets starter Zach Wheeler, the 198th of...

Phillies need to look toward future

The Phillies need to face reality and consider trading some of their older, expensive stars for young prospects.

Report: Harvey 'embarrassed' by piece

After pitching seven shutout innings and striking out 10 in New York's 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, Mets phenom Matt Harvey said he was "embarrassed" by the way he was portrayed in a Men's Journal article.
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