Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) was expected to face hitters Thursday but a setback has put his spring training on hold.
Insight: Hamels was already expected to miss Opening Day after experiencing shoulder tendinitis in November, but now we have to start worrying about his season-long fantasy value. It's possible he won't be ready until May, so adjust your rankings accordingly.
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Cody Asche (bruised hand) is expected to play Wednesday, accordin to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Asche was hit by a pitch during Sunday's spring training game and tests were negative. Asche is expected to serve as the Phillies' starting third baseman this season after batting .295 with 15 home runs, 11 steals and an .837 OPS at Triple-A last season.
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) is expected to face hitters Thursday and could make his Grapefruit League debut next week, according to csnphilly.com.
Insight: Hamels will not be ready for Opening Day after experiencing shoulder tendinitis in November, but he may have to miss just one or two starts. He's no longer experiencing soreness but is behind schedule in his throwing program. Draft him as you normally would in fantasy.
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Cody Asche has been diagnosed with a bruised hand, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: Asche was hit by a pitch during Sunday's spring training game. His preliminary ultrasound was negative. Asche is expected to serve as the Phillies' starting third baseman this season after batting .295 with 15 home runs, 11 steals and an .837 OPS at Triple-A last season.
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Wednesday and will throw another one Saturday, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Hamels will not be ready for Opening Day after experiencing shoulder tendinitis in November, but he may have to miss just one or two starts. He's no longer experiencing soreness but is behind schedule in his throwing program. Draft him as you normally would in fantasy.
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) says he has made "tremendous progress" in his recovery from shoulder tendinitis, according to csnphilly.com. He's better now but the injury set him back in his throwing program.
Insight: Hamels will not be ready for Opening Day after experiencing shoulder tendinitis in November, but he may have to miss just one or two starts. "I'm feeling like my body is ready to make a big jump," he said Sunday. "I feel right where I usually am about Feb. 1 going into spring training. That’s about the time I’m usually ready for my first ‘pen. I’m happy where I am." He'll throw his first bullpen session Tuesday.
Description: According to philly.com, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz received an exemption that will allow him to use Adderall in 2014.
Insight: Ruiz served a 25-game suspension for Adderall use at the start of the 2013 season. Ruiz is believed to have been using the substance when he hit .325 with 16 homers, 68 RBI and a .934 OPS in 372 at-bats during the 2012 season, by far the best statistical year of his career.
Description: The Phillies expect starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) to throw off a mound next Tuesday, according to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: Hamels will not be ready for Opening Day after experiencing shoulder tendinitis in November, but he may have to miss just one or two starts. He's better now, but is slightly behind schedule in his throwing program.
Description: The Phillies expect starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) to pitch sometime in April, according to philly.com.
Insight: Hamels will not be ready for Opening Day after experiencing shoulder tendinitis in November, but he may have to miss just one or two starts. He's better now, but is behind schedule in his throwing program by roughly two weeks.
Description: The Phillies have come to terms with righthander A.J. Burnett on a new one-year contract. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Burnett will earn $16 million in 2014. He figures to be Philadelphia's No. 3 starter behind Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. Burnett has gone 3-3 with a 4.71 ERA in eight career games at Citizens Bank Park.
Description: Philadelphia lefthander Cole Hamels expects to miss the start of the 2014 season. He's been limited by shoulder tendinitis this offseason. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: The good news is, he should be ready to throw a bullpen session in about a week and a half. If all goes according to plan, Hamels (8-14, 3.60 ERA last season) shouldn't have to miss more than a start or two in April. The injury seems minor enough that it won't affect his draft position.
Description: Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. has agreed to a one-year deal avoiding arbitration.
Insight: Mayberry Jr. will be stuck as the fourth outfielder behind Domonic Brown, Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd, thus his fantasy value will be minimal. He batted .227 with 11 HR and 39 RBI in 353 at-bats last season.
Description: The Phillies inked righthander Roberto Hernandez to a one-year, $4.5 million deal on Thursday. SOURCE: Tim Dierkes, MLB Trade Rumors
Insight: Hernandez had an up and down year for the Rays in 2013, finishing with six wins, 13 losses and a 4.89 ERA in 32 appearances. We wouldn't rule it out completely but it's doubtful he'll return to fantasy relevance next year in Philly.
Description: Fox's Ken Rosenthal reports the Phillies have signed catcher Carlos Ruiz to a new contract worth $26 million over three seasons.
Insight: Ruiz will be 37 by the end of his contract. The 2012 All-Star is excellent at handling a pitching staff and has become an above average hitter. He should see over 400 at bats next season as long as he can stay healthy.
Description: Carloz Ruiz's agent claims his client has been offered a two-year, $20 million contract, though it's unclear which team made the offer. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: The Red Sox and Rockies can safely be ruled out as both teams have come out in the last 24 hours and said that they did not offer Ruiz $20 million. That means the offer probably came from either the Phillies or the Blue Jays. Given his age and lack of productivity in 2013 (.268, 5 HR, 37 RBI), this will probably be the best offer Ruiz receivers this winter. Expect him to make a decision soon.
Description: Free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz and the Phillies are expected to talk contract after the team declined to offer him a one-year qualifying offer (14.1 million), but there are a number of free agent catchers on the market this offseason.
Insight: Brian McCann, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Dioner Navarro, Kurt Suzuki, Jose Molina, A.J. Pierzynski and John Buck also available. It will be interesting to see where they all land.
Description: Cesar Hernandez led the Phillies with four hits Saturday in a win against the Braves.
Insight: The rookie center fielder has been raking this month. In 88 September at bats, Hernandez is hitting .307 with eight RBI. Unfortunately he hasn't demonstrated much power as Hernandez is still searching for his first major league home run.
Description: Philadelphia righthander Roy Halladay left Monday's start early because of arm fatigue. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: With nothing left to play for this season, the Phillies aren't taking any chances. It's worth noting that Halladay's fastest offering of the night was just 83 mph. Halladay's average fastball this season has traveled at 88.8 mph.
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins is a .500 lifetime hitter versus Mets righthander Dillon Gee.
Insight: Rollins has been rolling lately. Over his last nine games, the former NL MVP has gone 14-for-34 (.412) at the plate with a home run and two RBI. The hot streak should continue for Rollins Saturday against Gee.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 3-for-4 with a homer, four RBI and two runs Tuesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Utley has hit two homers and driven in eight runs over the last two games and is hitting .395 with two home runs and 14 RBI over his last 12. He has 18 homers, 66 RBI, a .280 average and an .831 OPS this season.
Description: Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee (8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER) picked up 14 strikeouts Monday in a win against the Marlins.
Insight: Lee, a .167 lifetime hitter, helped his own cause by going 3-for-4 at the plate with a career-high four RBI. The 35-year-old has now won four of his last five starts (1.95 ERA during that stretch).
Description: As expected, Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown has returned to the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against Washington. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: Brown (.272, 27 HR, 81 RBI) was limited to pinch-hitting duty during his three-week bout with Achilles inflammation. If Brown gets hot, he might still have a chance to reach 30 home runs for the first time in his career.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is a .190 hitter against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: He comes into play Sunday 4-for-21 with a .561 OPS against Zimmermann. Rollins only hit .250 last year but he blasted 23 homers, scored 102 runs and stole 30 bags to rank as one of fantasy's top shortstops. He still has the low average -- .246 this year -- but only has six homers, 56 runs and 20 steals in 146 games.
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (heel) pinch hit on Friday, his first action since Sept. 1.
Insight: Brown has been dealing with the injury since Aug. 24 and has been limited in plate appearances since then. He's having a breakout season with 27 HR and 81 RBI, but he hasn't been much good of late sitting on the bench.
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels surrendered two solo homers Sunday, but those were the only two hits he allowed against the Braves.
Insight: Hamels struck out nine batters over eight innings. The left-hander has gone 5-2 with a 2.18 ERA and an 84/12 K/BB over his last 95 innings after starting out 2-11 with a 4.58 ERA. He has thrown at least seven innings in nine straight starts.
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (heel) is expected to miss at least a week due to right Achilles tendinitis, according to the team's site.
Insight: Brown has been dealing with the injury since Aug. 24 and has been limited in plate appearances since then. He's having a breakout season with 27 HR and 81 RBI, but he can't help fantasy owners from his seat on the bench.
Description: Philadelphia lefthander Cole Hamels struggled with back discomfort during his last start. SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: The fact that we're just hearing about this now suggests the injury isn't too serious. Until we hear otherwise, we'd expect Hamels (6-13, 3.50 ERA) to make his scheduled start Sunday against Atlanta.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Utley is no longer the 30-homer threat he used to be, but with a .268 average, 16 homers, 52 RBI, 62 runs, eight steals and an .812 OPS, the veteran is still a solid second-base option in all fantasy leagues.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins doesn't have a great track record against Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: 2013 has really been a disaster for Rollins (.244, 5 HR, 35 RBI) in all areas. A date with the hard-throwing Strasburg (6-9, 2.96 ERA) on Labor Day won't help the former MVP turn things around.
Description: Phillies starter Roy Halladay allowed five earned runs on seven hits over five innings Friday afternoon against the Cubs.
Insight: Halladay allowed two runs over six innings to win his first start off the disabled list, but Halladay struggled Friday. Despite getting his shoulder cleaned up in surgery, Halladay's fastball velocity has not returned. He's worth owning in 12-team and NL-only leagues, but be prepared for some rough starts.
Description: Philadelphia rookie third baseman Cody Asche missed Thursday's game against New York because of a strained hamstring and is expected to miss Friday as well, according to Philles beat reporter Jim Salisbury.
Insight: The Phillies are labeling him as day-to-day. Veteran Michael Young will get most of the playing time at third base while he's out.
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels has thrown seven straight starts of seven innings or more and three runs or less.
Insight: However, he only has two wins to show for his efforts during that stretch. He did earn a victory against the Mets Wednesday after allowing two runs with eight K over seven innings. The left-hander is 4-2 with a 2.25 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and a 1.13 BB/9 in 80 innings since the start of July.
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Ruiz is hitting .447 with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI and seven runs over his last 10 games (eight starts). He was hitting .250 before the hot streak but is up to .282 after Wednesday's game.
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown wasn't in Tuesday's starting lineup and is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mets.
Insight: Brown is dealing with Achilles inflammation and hasn't started a game since Friday. Darin Ruf (.261, 11 HR, 19 RBI in 47 games) has been getting the starts in left field when Brown isn't ready to go.
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown is probable for Monday's game against the NY Mets with a sore right Achilles.
Insight: Brown left Saturday's game in the first inning with the injury and didn't play Sunday. The Phillies start a four-game set at Citi Field against the Mets Monday and don't have another day off until Thursday, Sept. 5 so he'll have to play through it.
Description: Roy Halladay's first start in over three months was a good one. He pitched six innings for the win Sunday versus Arizona.
Insight: Hallday (6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K's) outdueled All-Star Patrick Corbin for his third win of the season. The victory was Halladay's first since April 19th. The two-time Cy Young winner will be on the bump again Friday versus the Cubs.
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (heel) will sit out Sunday, according to CSNPhilly.com.
Insight: Brown left Saturday's game in the first inning with a sore Achilles. The Phillies start a four-game set at Citi Field against the Mets Monday and don't have another day off until Thursday, Sept. 5.
Description: The Phillies have activated Roy Halladay from the disabled list to start Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Tyler Cloyd was scheduled to start but had to pitch in relief during Saturday's extra-inning affair. Halladay is a big name, but he has an 8.65 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP this season and is coming off shoulder surgery.
Description: The Phillies don't expect to have first baseman Ryan Howard back before the end of the season. SOURCE: Phillies.com
Insight: Howard had knee surgery about a month ago and was recently cleared to resume baseball activities. With the Phillies out of the playoff picture, there's no reason for Howard to rush back. If Howard doesn't play again this season, he'll finish with 11 HR, 43 RBI and a .266 average in 80 games.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against Colorado.
Insight: Utley is no longer the 30-homer threat he used to be, but with a .277 average, 16 homers, 47 RBI, 57 runs, seven steals and an .836 OPS, the veteran is still a solid second-base option in all fantasy leagues.
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard (knee) will begin baseball activities Thursday, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Howard is five weeks into rehab from knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The team expects Howard back on the field "somewhere" before the end of the season, assistant GM Scott Proefrock said. "Whether it's up here, whether they're playing in instructional league, I don't know," he said. "I think the main thing ... is to just get to the point where there are no surprises in Spring Training next year."
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz had four singles Sunday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Not only has Ruiz not even come close to matching his production from last year, he's not even in the ballpark of his numbers from 2009-11. In 200 at-bats, he's hitting .265 with two home runs and 14 RBI.
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels held the red-hot Dodgers in check over seven innings Sunday but came away with a no decision.
Insight: Hamels allowed two runs on seven hits and had an 8/0 K/BB, but Philadelphia didn't win the game until the ninth inning. The left-hander has done a good job of turning around his season and now has a 3.61 ERA amd a 1.19 WHIP, but he's still just 5-13.
Description: Philles starter Cliff Lee hasn't won since July 5.
Insight: He should be used to long streaks without a win -- he didn't get his first last season until July 4. Even after tossing eight innings of three-run ball on five hits Friday night against the red-hot Dodgers, Lee has a 5.17 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over his last six starts.
Description: According to Philadelphia GM Ruben Amaro, Phillies starter John Lannan is likely headed to the disabled list. SOURCE: Phillies.com
Insight: Lannan hurt his knee Wednesday against the Braves and Amaro suspects it's probably a recurrence of the patellar tendinitis he struggled with earlier in the season. Lannan's season could be in jeopardy.
Description: Roy Halladay had an up and down return to the mound Thursday in his first rehab appearance. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: Pitching for the Gulf Coast Phillies, Halladay gave up three runs in six innings of work, walking three with four strikeouts. It's a step in the right direction for Halladay, who is hoping to be back in the Philadelphia rotation by the end of this month. So far, he's missed about four months after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Description: Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone (shoulder) will make a rehab start on Thursday, according to beat reporter Jim Salisbury.
Insight: Pettibone was eligible to return on Aug 13, but that obviously didn't happen. He's pitched well at times, but has been inconsistent with a 5-4 record, 4.04 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. He has little fantasy value.
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard had surgery on his left knee a month ago, with a prognosis of 6-8 weeks.
Insight: Four weeks into the rehab and Howard has reportedly lost 15-20 pounds, according to beat writer Ryan Lawrence. He's yet to swing a bat, however, and there is no updated timetable as of this date.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is 2-for-14 (.143) against Braves starter Brandon Beachy.
Insight: While not the fantasy star he once was, Utley is still a productive player at a weak fantasy position. He's batting .286 with 15 homers, 45 RBI, 54 runs and an .858 OPS. It just isn't likely to happen on Wednesday in an unfavorable matchup.
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is 6-for-9 (.667) over his career against Braves right-hander Kris Medlen.
Insight: Ruiz has been nothing even remotely close to the fantasy option we saw last season. The 2013 version is batting .257 with two homers, 14 RBI and a .626 OPS, the 2012 version produced a career-best 16 HR, 68 RBI and a .935 OPS.
Description: Phillies outfielder Delmon Young has been designated for assignment.
Insight: Young actually wasn't having a bad season (.261, 8 HR, 31 RBI in 80 games) but he doesn't fit the team's plans for rebuilding. Young's not a great defender so signing with an American League team where he could play DH makes the most sense.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is just 1-for-12 (.083) with five K against Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Rollins, who ended up as the No. 1 fantasy shortstop last year after hitting .250 with 23 homers, 68 RBI, 102 runs and 30 steals, is once again hitting in the .250s but has failed to produce up to last year's level in other categories. He has just five home runs, 33 RBI, 44 runs, 15 steals and a .653 OPS in 439 at-bats.
Description: Phillies starter Roy Halladay (shoulder) threw a five-inning simulated game Saturday, according to CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury.
Insight: Halladay, who had shoulder surgery in May, said he felt good, according to pitching coach Rich Dubee. The right-hander is hoping to return by the end of this month. While there's a chance the surgery will do nothing to reverse Halladay's decline, fantasy owners need to at least give him a chance given his track record.
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Michael Young sat out Thursday's game because of hamstring tightness and is questionable for Friday's game against Washington.
Insight: Young (.276, 8 HR, 36 RBI, 42 runs) has only missed eight games, but when you're in the latter part of your career, injuries do tend to pop up a little more frequently. It also takes longer to heal at this age, which puts Young's status in question for Friday's series opener against Washington.
Description: With a new two-year extension in his pocket, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, one RBI and two runs scored Thursday against the Cubs.
Insight: While not the fantasy star he once was, Utley is still a productive player at a weak fantasy position. He's batting .280 with 15 homers, 44 RBI, 51 runs and an .855 OPS in 348 plate appearances.
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Michael Young was supposed to play Thursday against the Cubs but instead he's sitting out because of hamstring tightness. SOURCE: Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: Oh, to be a 36-year-old Major League Baseball player. Young has been pretty durable this year (he's only missed eight games) but when you're in the latter part of your career like Young is, injuries do tend to pop up a little more frequently. It also takes longer to heal at this age, which puts Young's status in question for Friday's series opener against Washington.
Description: Second baseman Chase Utley, who got the night off Wednesday against the Cubs, has agreed to a two-year, $27 million contract extension with the Phillies, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Insight: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the deal includes multiple vesting options. The 34-year-old Utley's chronic knee issues haven't come into play this season (his one DL stint was for a strained oblique) and he has hit .275 with 15 homers, 42 RBI, 49 runs and an .841 OPS in 83 games.
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon had another shaky outing Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Papelbon walked one and gave up three hits and three runs (two earned) after entering with a four-run lead. He has a 4.32 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and six blown saves in 16 chances since May 29 and hasn't saved a game since July 11.
Description: Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf clubbed a solo homer and drove in another run with a double Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Ruf strikes out a lot, as most power hitters do, but he also has walked in 12.5 percent of his plate appearances so far. He already has four home runs in 96 plate appearances with the Phillies after blasting just seven in 350 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The first baseman had 38 home runs with Double-A Reading a year ago.
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is 5-for-11 (.455) over his career against Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy.
Insight: Ruiz has been nothing even remotely close to the fantasy option we saw last season. The 2013 version is batting .248 with one homer, 11 RBI and a .589 OPS, the 2012 version produced a career-best 16 HR, 68 RBI and a .935 OPS. Ruiz should be rested after an off day on Friday.
Description: Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone has been moved to the disabled list.
Insight: The Phillies are calling his injury a strained right shoulder though in reality, he's dealing with a dead arm. The roster move was backdated to July 29th, meaning that Pettibone is eligible to return on August 13th.
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is 6-for-9 over his career against Braves right-hander Kris Medlen.
Insight: Ruiz has been nothing even remotely close to the fantasy option we saw last season. The 2013 version is batting .248 with one homer, 11 RBI and a .589 OPS, the 2012 version produced a career-best 16 HR, 68 RBI and a .935 OPS.
Description: Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee won't make his scheduled start Friday against the Braves.
Insight: Lee continues to sit out because of neck stiffness. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, with the Phillies out of the pennant race, there is no reason to rush Lee back into the rotation. He's 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels took a frustrating no decision Thursday against the Giants despite allowing zero runs in eight innings.
Insight: Hamels had a 1-0 lead going into the ninth, but high-priced closer Jonathan Papelbon blew the save and the game. Since starting out 1-9 with a 4.86 ERA over the first two months of the season, Hamels has posted a 2.88 ERA and a 68/15 K/BB in 75 innings over his last 11 starts but is just 3-4 in those outings.
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown (concussion) is unlikely to return from the 7-day disabled list Thursday, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Brown has had a breakout season, batting .271 with 24 HR, 69 RBI and an .847 OPS, but he's looking at an extended stay on the concussion DL. Manager Charlie Manuel said the outfielder "probably" will need another week, but there's never an exact timeline for concussions.
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young could be traded before Wednesday's deadline and he might be replaced in the starting lineup by Cody Asche even if he stays with Philly, but if he starts Wednesday night against the Giants he'll have a favorable matchup.
Insight: Young has gone 15-for-33 (.455) with three doubles, three homers and three walks against Giants starter Chad Gaudin. Young is hitting .279 with eight homers this season.
Description: The Phillies have called up third base prospect Cody Asche from Triple-A.
Insight: MLB.com ranks Asche as Philadelphia's seventh best prospect. The 23-year-old hit .295 with an .837 OPS, 24 doubles, 15 homers and 11 steals in 404 at-bats with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year and will become the Phillies' regular third baseman even if Michael Young isn't traded.
Description: Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee won't make his scheduled start Saturday against the Tigers. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: Lee is sitting out because of neck stiffness. Instead, the Phillies will turn to Raul Valdez, who has only made two career starts. There's a chance Lee has made his final start in a Phillies uniform as the team has received multiple trade offers for the veteran lefthander. The trade deadline is Wednesday at 4 pm.
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young went 1-for-4 with a three-run blast Friday against the New York Mets.
Insight: Young is just one homer shy of his total for all of 2012. He has had a decent season, but with little power, no speed and mediocre contributions in runs and RBI, Young is not a good fantasy option.
Description: Phillies starter Roy Halladay is long tossing and still looking at a late-August return.
Insight: Halladay, who had shoulder surgery, said he feels good but has a long way to go before he's back in uniform. If the Phillies stay in contention, Halladay could be a significant factor down the stretch. He'll be a free agent at the end of the season.
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere (foot) said Sunday that his recovery from a fractured right foot could take 6-8 weeks, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
Insight: Revere has been red hot, hitting .411 over his last 28 games prior to Saturday to raise his average from .244 to .304, but he fouled a ball off his foot Saturday and suffered a fracture. The Phillies are looking for a center fielder, according to Zolecki.
Description: Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday in Game 1 of Philadelphia's doubleheader against the White Sox.
Insight: Ruf has hit safely in his first seven games since returning to the majors following Ryan Howard's injury. The 26-year-old has displayed big-time power in the minors -- he hit 38 home runs with Double-A Reading last year and had 22 homers in 83 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley before being called up.
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere fouled a ball off his right foot Saturday and has a fracture, according to Comcast SportsNet.
Insight: Revere has been red hot, hitting .411 over his last 28 games prior to Saturday to raise his average from .244 to .304, but he'll likely miss significant time with this injury. The Phillies will reevaluate him Sunday.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup versus the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Utley (.275, 11 HR, 30 RBI) isn't hurt, but with the team playing a doubleheader, he'll get the first game off versus left-hander John Danks. Utley is batting just .233 against lefties, 60 points lower than against right-handers. Kevin Frandsen (.295, 3 HR, 16 RBI in 95 at-bats) will get the start at second.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in Friday night's starting lineup versus the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Utley (.275, 11 HR, 30 RBI) isn't hurt, so this appears to be a day off versus left-hander John Danks. Utley is batting just .233 against lefties, 60 points lower than against right-handers. Kevin Frandsen (.295, 3 HR, 16 RBI in 95 at-bats) will get the start at second.
Description: Philadelphia pitcher Kyle Kendrick came into Thursday's start against the Nationals having allowed 22 hits and 10 earned runs in 11 innings over his previous two starts, but he held Washington to one run on five hits in seven innings to improve to 8-6.
Insight: Kendrick doesn't strike a lot of men out and has allowed more than a hit per inning, but he has a solid 3.75 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in 124 2/3 innings this year.
Description: Hip soreness may be contributing to Jonathan Papelbon's recent struggles. SOURCE: MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM
Insight: The Phillies closer holds a 3.60 ERA since June 1st after opening the year with a 1.31 ERA in his first 20 games. This could hurt his trade value as Papelbon has been mentioned in a number of different trade scenarios including one that would send the five-time All-Star to the Tigers. Still, it's unlikely the Phillies would be able to trade him unless they agreed to take on most of his $13 million salary.
Description: Philadelphia starter John Lannan had his best game of the season Monday in a win over Washington.
Insight: Lannan was dominant, limiting his former team to just four hits in eight shutout innings. The victory was Lannan's second of the season. He'll start one more game before the All-Star break Saturday against the White Sox.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has been placed on the disabled list with an inflamed left knee.
Insight: Matt Gelb from the Philadelphia Inquirer is hearing that season-ending surgery might be a possibility. Howard is quickly becoming baseball's version of Greg Oden. Darin Ruf has been called up to the big leagues to take Howard's spot on the active roster.
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard is a no-go for Saturday's game against the Braves.
Insight: Todd Zolecki of MLB.com is reporting that Howard's absence is related to the same knee issue he's been struggling with all season. Laynce Nix, who is usually used as an outfielder, will make his first start of the year at first base for the Phillies.
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard is 22-for-67 with seven home runs versus Braves veteran right-hander Tim Hudson.
Insight: Howard (.266, 11 HR, 43 RBI) homered on Friday night and has hits in his last three starts. Knee soreness continues to be a problem for Howard and will keep him out of the lineup from time to time.
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz isn't starting in Friday's series opener against the Braves.
Insight: Ruiz has spent most of the season either on the DL or serving a suspension. He's totaled 94 at-bats this season with a .266 batting average, zero homers and just four RBI. Humberto Quintero gets the nod with Erik Kratz sidelined, but he has little to no fantasy value.
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard is 22-for-67 with seven home runs versus Braves veteran right-hander Tim Hudson.
Insight: Knee soreness continues to be a problem for Howard. It's also worth noting that Howard (.266, 10 HR, 42 RBI) is just 2-for 23 in his last six games. But if ever there was a pitcher to awaken Howard's bat, it's Hudson.
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels struck out eight, walked none and allowed two runs (one earned) and five hits over seven innings Thursday afternoon against the Pirates to win his third game of the season.
Insight: Hamels is 3-11 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP this season. Hamels has posted a similar, if slightly worse, K/9 and BB/9 to last year, but his ERA is 1.33 runs higher because he has stranded just 67.6 percent of his runners. He stranded 78.1 percent last season and 76.3 percent for his career. His FIP is 3.64, so there's hope for a turnaround if he performs better with men on base.
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown swatted a two-run homer off Pirates closer Jason Grilli Wednesday.
Insight: Brown predictably cooled off from his torrid May and early June pace and hit .192 with zero homers from June 9-24, but he is up to .324 with three longballs and 10 RBI over his last eight contests. The outfielder has 22 homers this season.
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Knee soreness continues to be a problem for Howard. It's also worth noting that Howard (.267, 10 HR, 42 RBI) is just 2-for 22 in his last five games and a .171 hitter against left-handers this season with the Pirates scheduled to use lefty Jeff Locke tonight.
Description: The Royals appear to be interested in trading for Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. SOURCE: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Insight: The Phillies were sellers at the trade deadline last season (traded Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence) and they could be again this season. Though they're certainly not out of the playoff race (seven and a half out in the Wild Card), the Phillies need a lot of good things to happen if they're going to make it back to the postseason. Utley, who has been in and out of the lineup all season because of injuries, is hitting .284 with 11 HR in 54 games in 2013.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard didn't play Monday against the Padres and is questionable for Tuesday's game against San Diego due to his sore left knee.
Insight: Howard (.282, 10 HR, 41 RBI) will probably be dealing with this injury for the rest of the season. He's been hot of late batting .480 with three home runs over his last seven games. Hopefully he'll be back in the lineup for Tuesday.
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is a career .152 hitter (7-for-46) against San Diego's Tuesday starter Jason Marquis.
Insight: Rollins is batting .261 with four homers, 25 RBI and 28 runs scored and seven stolen bases. That's about what you can expect from him these days. He's not really an everyday starter - you must find the favorable matchups and this isn't one of them.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is a career .452 hitter (14-for-31) against Padres right-hander Jason Marquis.
Insight: Utley, who was on the DL from May 21 to June 20 due to a strained right oblique, is 4-for-18 (.222) since his return to the lineup, but knocked out a pair of hits in the first game of the series and should be a solid fantasy value on Tuesday.
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz isn't starting Sunday's series finale against the Mets.
Insight: It's his first day off since returning from the DL on Tuesday. Ruiz has spent most of the season either on the DL or serving a suspension. Even when he's been active, he hasn't done enough to warrant a spot on any fantasy rosters (.227 AVG in 66 at bats).
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard crushed two homers Saturday in a win over the Mets.
Insight: Saturday was Howard's first multi-homer game of the season. He's really been on a roll lately. Over his last nine games, Howard is 16-for-34 (.471) with three homers and nine RBI. During that stretch, Howard's average has risen from .252 all the way up to .282.
Description: Philadelphia righthander Jonathan Pettibone left Saturday's game after six innings because of a stiff back. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: Pettibone (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K's) had been in line for the win but the Mets came back to tie the game at seven with two runs in the ninth. We'll see if he's able to make his next start Thursday against the Dodgers.
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon blew another save Saturday against the Mets.
Insight: Papelbon has now blown three of his last four save chances after beginning the year a perfect 13-for-13 in save opportunities. Papelbon doesn't seem to be injured so we're guessing he's just in a slump. Manager Charlie Manuel might give him a couple days off to help clear his head.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (oblique) has been activated in time for Friday's game with the Mets.
Insight: Utley has been on the DL since May 21 due to a strained right oblique, so it could take a few at-bats before he gets his timing back. He was batting .272 withg seven homers, 25 RBI and a solid .814 OPS.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (oblique) started his rehab assignment Wednesday with Double-A Reading and went 0-for-4, but came out without any setbacks.
Insight: Utley has been on the DL since May 21 due to a strained right oblique, so it could take a few at-bats before he gets his timing back. If all goes well, the Phillies expect to bring him up sometime this weekend and fantasy owners should be prepared to install him into lineups.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard picked up three hits, a homer and two RBI Monday against the Nationals.
Insight: It was Howard's first round-tripper since May 29. The first baseman is 7-for-11 over his last three games. He has cut his strikeout rate down to 21.9 percent in June after fanning in 38.1 percent of his plate appearances last month.
Description: The Phillies have a first baseman in their minor league system, Jim Murphy, who is starting to show some solid power numbers at Double-A Reading.
Insight: Murphy is batting .288 with 11 HR, 37 RBI and an .853 OPS in 65 games. He's hit as many as 22 homers back in 2011. Being a first baseman, the question is how/where to find space for him to get at-bats at the big league level with Ryan Howard anchoring the Phillies at first.
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard is a career .111 hitter (1-for-9) with six strikeouts against Washington right-hander Dan Haren.
Insight: Howard's numbers almost always favor hitting against right-handers over left-handers, but apparently he can't hit Haren's breaking ball which he throws 40 percent of the time. Avoid this matchup.
Description: Nick Cafardo from the Boston Globe suggested in a recent article that the Red Sox could make a play for closer Jonathan Papelbon if the Phillies make him available in a trade.
Insight: Papelbon (1.46 ERA, 13 saves) was a Boston icon during his time with the Red Sox from 2005 to 2011 and is still the club's all-time saves leader. Andrew Bailey (12.00 ERA, 2.25 WHIP over his last three outings) has struggled in the closer's role so the deal makes plenty of sense for the Red Sox. ESPN's Buster Olney hinted that Detroit could be in the market for a closer as well with Jose Valverde in meltdown mode (9.95 ERA, 5 HR allowed in his last seven outings).
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere has gone 11-for-16 (.688) over the last four games, including 3-for-5 Saturday.
Insight: It's about time Revere got going. His value is still limited because he has no power at all (six extra-base hits), but if he can get his average back to the .290 to .300 range, fantasy owners can start taking advantage of his speed (16 steals).
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is hoping to return June 21st against the Mets. SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: Ruiz will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley sometime in the next two days. He's missed nearly a month with a strained hamstring. Ruiz also served a 25-game suspension earlier in the year after testing positive for Adderall in the offseason.
Description: Phillies catcher Erik Kratz has been moved to the disabled list.
Insight: Kratz is out with a left knee injury and it sounds like he could be on the shelf for a while. Carlos Ruiz is also hurt, which leaves Humberto Quintero as the starting catcher. The Phillies called up Steven Lerud from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to serve as Quintero's backup.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (oblique) said Friday that he thinks he can rejoin the team by the middle of June, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
Insight: Utley has been on the DL since May 21 due to a strained right oblique. "I am definitely feeling better," he said. "I'm hoping to take some swings in the next three or four days, and at that point I'll probably know where I'm at."
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young is hitless in nine career at-bats versus Miami starter Ricky Nolasco.
Insight: Young returned from bereavement leave on Monday, but did not start. The career .300 hitter is batting an un-Young like .258 and not been a productive fantasy option this season and Tuesday likely won't help his numbers.
Description: Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick notched his sixth win Monday against the Marlins.
Insight: Kendrick (6-3, 3.12 ERA) pitched all nine innings, scattering just six hits and two runs over 105 pitches. Monday was the righthander's second complete game of the season and the fouth of his career. His next start is scheduled for Saturday versus the Brewers.
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown slugged his 17th home run of the season Monday in a win against the Marlins.
Insight: This is getting ridiculous. Brown (.291, 17 HR, 42 RBI) has now launched nine jacks in his last ten contests. To put that into perspective, Brown hit just five home runs all of last season. He's quickly jumping into the National League MVP discussion.
Description: Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez will get a second consecutive start after posting a pair of hits in Thursday's game versus the Red Sox.
Insight: Hernandez wa batting .305 with an .810 OPS and 15 stolen bases for the Iron Pigs when he got the call. He batted .313 in 16 spring training at-bats with the Phillies and looks like he can hit major league pitching. He could plug a temporary hole at second for fantasy owners until Chase Utley returns.
Description: Phillies starter John Lannan (quad) is hoping to begin a minor league rehab assignment on June 6, according to Philly.com.
Insight: Lannan faced hitters in a simulated game Wednesday and will pitch in an extended spring training game before going on a rehab assignment. The left-hander pitched well in two of three starts this season but allowing six runs in 1 2/3 innings his last time on the hill raised his ERA to 6.14 for the season. He should only be considered in deeper NL-only leagues.
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young has been place on the bereavement list.
Insight: Young broke up a five-game hitless streak with a home run on Tuesday night. The career .300 hitter is batting an un-Young like .258 and not been a productive fantasy option this season. Freddy Galvis will start at third base on Wednesday.
Description: Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown has hit four homers in his last eight games and now has 11 on the year.
Insight: Brown hit home run No. 11 Tuesday against Boston, the second straight game he has hit one out. He's only hitting .257, but the former top prospect is finally succeeding at the big league level.
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee has allowed just five runs and 24 hits over his last 39 innings.
Insight: Lee (2.34 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) held Boston to one run on four hits with zero walks and eight strikeouts in eight innings Tuesday to improve to 6-2. He won six games all of last season in 30 starts.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has had modest success against Boston starter Ryan Dempster with a career .357 batting average and a pair of homers in 14 at-bats.
Insight: He's been battling a knee injury on and off all season and that's probably going to be a problem all year limiting his ability to help your lineup. Howard (.259, 6 HR, 25 RBI) is a viable fantasy option on Tuesday.
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere has picked up three hits in two of the last three games.
Insight: Revere is hitting .260 after going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs Tuesday against the Marlins. The outfielder's strikeout rate is up, and his line-drive rate is way down from last season, when he batted .294.
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard drove in three runs as part of a three-hit game Tuesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Howard has been dealing with a knee injury and recently had a cortisone shot. The former 50-home-run hitter's power has been in decline for years, and he has hit just 20 homers in 113 games since returning last year from a torn Achilles. He's hitting .256 with six homers and 25 RBI this season.
Description: The Phillies have recalled right-hander Tyler Cloyd to start Tuesday against the Marlins.
Insight: The 26-year-old has posted a 3.46 ERA and a 544/156 K/BB across 671 career minor league innings. He limited Arizona to two hits and two earned over 6 1/3 innings in his 2013 debut on May 10. He'll need to remain in the rotation with Roy Halladay and John Lannan on the DL, and is a decent NL-only option.
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard was given a cortisone shot in his left knee on Sunday and it's apparently done its job because Howard is in the Phillies starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Miami.
Insight: Howard's numbers, however, have not returned to the level we expect from this slugger. A .245 batting average, six home runs, 22 RBI and a .713 OPS are not fantasy worthy statistics from the first base position.
Description: Philadelphia lefthander John Lannan has been throwing bullpen sessions in Clearwater and should be ready to return to the big club some time in mid-June if all goes well.
Insight: Lannan struggled in two of his three starts this season, so fantasy owners were likely already jumping off the wagon. Wait until you see him perform well before getting excited about his return to the rotation.
Description: Orioles minor league outfielder Jason Pridie is off to a solid start at Triple-A Norfolk, batting .325 with eight homers, 27 RBI and a .971 OPS in 36 games.
Insight: Pridie has shown more power this season than at any time in his minor league career, however, Baltimore is solid in their outfield with Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Nate McLouth. He'll likely only get a callup before September if there is an injury.
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley is a career .353 hitter with a pair of homers and a 1.095 OPS versus Cincinnati right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Utley has played 41 of 42 games this season, batting .273 with seven homers and 24 RBI. He seems more healthy than in the past few seasons and his OPS is the highest it's been since 2010. Start him in this favorable matchup.
Description: Phillies starter Roy Halladay had surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur and repair a torn rotator cuff and a frayed labrum in his right shoulder. He'll rest for 6-8 weeks, according to Philly.com.
Insight: However, there's no guarantee that he'll be ready to start a throwing program in 6-8 weeks, or that the surgery will reverse his declining performance.
Description: Phillies rookie Jonathan Pettibone moved to 3-0 with 6 2/3 strong innings Tuesday against the Indians.
Insight: The 22-year-old allowed four hits and two earned and walked two Tuesday night in the longest start of his career. The right-hander has a 3.41 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP and has thrown at least five innings while allowing three earned runs or less in all five of his starts.
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley is not is Tuesday's lineup against Cleveland and left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Insight: Utley has already played 39 games this season, batting .289 with seven homers and 24 RBI. But he's been injury-prone over the past few seasons so giving him a rest day every now and then, particularly against a tough left-hander, is a good idea.
Description: Phillies starter Roy Halladay has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the rotator cuff and a fraying of the labrum and will undergo surgery, according to a report from David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: No timetable for his return was mentioned, but it could be as short as three months or as long as the rest of the season. The struggling veteran can be dropped from all fantasy rosters.
Description: Philadelphia outfielder John Mayberry is a career .667 hitter (4-for-6) versus Giants left-hander Barry Zito with three home runs and a 3.000 OPS.
Insight: Yes, I know it's a small sample size. But three homers is eight percent of Mayberry's career total (37). Despite his .218 batting average, you should start Mayberry if Charlie Manuel puts his name on the lineup card. Update - Mayberry is ine Wednesday's starting lineup.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is just 1-for-10 with five strikeouts versus San Fransico starter Barry Zito.
Insight: Howard is hitting at a .282 clip, his highest average in three seasons, but he can't hit that slow breaking ball of Zito's and you should avoid this matchup. Update - Howard is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) versus Giants starter Barry Zito.
Insight: Utley finally looks healthy and four hits in his last nine at bats has raised his average to .276 with an .838 OPS. Despite a career batting average 29 points lower against southpaws, he obviously likes facing Zito and we like him in all fantasy lineups.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is a career .167 hitter (5-for-30) versus two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum with 12 strikeouts.
Insight: Utley finally looks healthy, but that hasn't translated to a return to his career batting level. A lifetime .287 hitter with an .874 OPS, he's batting .263 with a .798 OPS through 33 games and this unfavorable matchup isn't likely to help those numbers.
Description: Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay will be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum sometime this week.
Insight: After two brutal outings in a row the Phillies ace is searching for an explanation for shoulder discomfort he's felt since a late April outing. Don't be surprised if Halladay (2-4, 8.65) winds up on the DL as a result of this.
Description: The Marlins had their way with Roy Halladay on Sunday (2 1/3 IP, 4 H, 9 ER, 4 BB, 4 K's).
Insight: That's two brutal outings in a row for the Phillies righthander (0-2, 25.50 ERA in his last two starts). He's been dealing with soreness in his shoulder and clearly it's beginning to affect his performance. Don't be surprised if Halladay (2-4, 8.65) winds up on the DL as a result of this.
Description: Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels held the Marlins to two runs on six hits in eight innings but took his fourth loss of the season.
Insight: Hamels (1-4) allowed 16 hits and 13 runs over his first 10 2/3 innings this season, but he has a 2.31 ERA over his last five starts. The Phillies have been shut out in two of his last three turns.
Description: After a slow beginning, Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has a 2.57 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over his last three starts.
Insight: Hamels allowed 16 hits, 13 earned runs and four homers over his first two starts of the season, but he has given up just 14 hits and six earned over 21 innings in his last three outings with 22 strikeouts.
Description: Phillies beat writer David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News wrote Friday that "the sense before last night's game was the center field will be a night-by-night proposition for the foreseeable future."
Insight: Ben Revere missed Thursday's game with a swollen finger, but Murphy thinks that Revere would have been in the lineup if he was hitting well. The center fielder is batting .204 with a .471 OPS and likely will split time with John Mayberry Jr. until he picks up his average.
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has gone 1-for-12 with four strikeouts in three games since returning from his 25-game suspension, and he owns a .174 average in 23 at-bats against Friday's starter Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins.
Insight: Ruiz tested positive for amphetamines after a career-year at the plate, so he has a lot to prove to fantasy owners. Friday likely won't be the day that he starts doing that.
Description: In a rotation with three big stars, Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick doesn't get much publicity, but he is 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP through six starts.
Insight: Kendrick has thrown six innings or more and allowed two runs or less in five straight starts after a lackluster first outing. He went 9-4 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP after the All-Star break last season, so he has been a capable pitcher over his last 100-plus innings.
Description: Phillies starter Roy Halladay's comeback tour ran into the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night, who battered the veteran for nine hits (3 HR) and eight earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.
Insight: Halladay had great success over his last three starts by going back to his hard sinker and throwing his cutter less, but he went to the cutter 30 times in 76 pitches Tuesday, according to Pitchf/x.
Description: Philadelphia outfielder Delmon Young has been activated and is on the way to join the team in Cleveland where he is a prime candidate for the DH role, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Insight: Young's recovery from offseason ankle surgery took longer than expected and he's going to be a defensive liability, but he should be useful in the DH role and as a pinch hitter. At this point, however, we feel his fantasy value is limited.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard had a pinch-hit double that drove in two runs Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Howard didn't start the game with lefty Jon Niese on the hill, but he replaced Kevin Franden after the Mets brought Scott Atchison into the game. The first baseman got off to a slow start and has a 23/3 K/BB this season, but he has driven in 10 runs over his last five games.
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels walked six batters in six innings Sunday against the Mets, but he limited New York to two hits and one run while striking out eight to pick up his first win of the season.
Insight: Hamels allowed 16 hits, 13 earned runs and four homers over his first two starts, but he has given up just 17 hits and seven earned over 27 innings in his last four starts.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is 1-for-15 against Mets scheduled starter Jonathan Niese with seven strikeouts and a .184 OPS. UPDATE: Howard will not start on Sunday.
Insight: Howard is batting a much-improved .281 this season and is on an nine-game hitting streak with seven RBI in his last three games, but this matchup was unfavorable and the left-handed slugger was a prime candidate for a day of rest.
Description: Phillies new setup man, Mike Adams, is questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Mets with a sore hip.
Insight: Adams hasn't pitched since Wednesday, but has already appeared in 11 games this season and is a huge loss for the Phillies bullpen even though he hasn't pitched up to his capability (1-2, 4.00 ERA, 1.44 WHIP).
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is 1-for-15 against Mets scheduled starter Jonathan Niese with seven strikeouts and a .184 OPS.
Insight: Howard is batting a much-improved .281 this season and is on an nine-game hitting streak with seven RBI in his last three games, but this matchup in unfavorable and the left-handed slugger should be a candidate for a day of rest.
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz will rejoin the team Sunday and is a career .353 hitter (6-for-17) versus Mets hurler Jonathan Niese.
Insight: Ruiz had a career year at the plate, hitting .325 with 32 doubles, 16 homers, 68 RBIs and a .935 OPS in 114 games, but he tested positive for amphetamines and was suspended for 25 games to start this 2013 season. Ruiz was a solid average hitter prior to last season, but he'll have to prove, starting Sunday, that the power display wasn't artificially produced.
Description: Philadelphia outfielder John Mayberry is a career .321 hitter (9-for-28) versus Mets starter Jonathan Niese with three home runs, seven RBI and a 1.025 OPS.
Insight: Three homers is eight percent of Mayberry's career total (37). To put that in perspective, Barry Bonds would have had to hit 61 homers of his 762 homers against one pitcher and the most Bonds ever hit was eight versus five different guys. Despite his .237 batting average you should start Mayberry, who homered on Saturday afternoon.
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere won't be available for Friday's game versus the Mets. He's been battling a quad injury.
Insight: Aside from the occasional stolen base, Revere (.207, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 5 SB) hasn't been very productive in his first year with the Phillies. John Mayberry (.255, 1 HR, 4 RBI) will grab the start in center field.
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is not in Thursday's lineup. He's just getting a day off.
Insight: Revere's strikeout rate is up from 9.8 percent in 2012 to 15.1 percent in 2013, and his line-drive rate is down to a meager 11.4 percent, which is why he is only batting .207. He has hit 75.7 percent groundballs and is batting just .189 on grounders (10-for-53) after hitting .247 on grounders last year.
Description: Phillies starter Roy Halladay continued his resurgence Wednesday against the Pirates. He limited Pittsburgh to one hit and one run, walked two and struck out eight in six innings.
Insight: Dealing with declining skills, Halladay had a terrible spring and was bombed his first two starts of the year, but he has given up just eight hits and four runs over his last 21 innings. According to PitchF/x, he began using his sinker more and his cutter less in his previous start against St. Louis, and that carried over to Wednesday's start.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 2-for-5 with a solo homer Wednesday against the Pirates.
Insight: Utley came in 2-for-16 with five strikeouts against left-handed pitchers this season after batting .215 against lefties last year, but he took lefty Wandy Rodriguez deep in the first inning. Utley is hitting .308 overall with four homers and 16 RBIs.
Description: Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will go back to rookie Jonathan Pettibone to start Saturday against the Mets. SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: Pettibone, 22, held the Pirates to two runs in 5 1/3 innings in his major league debut Monday, but the team initially didn't commit to him as a member of the rotation. He should stick around until John Lannan returns and will make for an NL-only fantasy option.
Description: Don't be fooled by Philadelphia righthander Roy Halladay's high ERA and mediocre 2-2 record as his first two outings were horrible.
Insight: Halladay (2-2, 6.04 ERA) has a 1.80 ERA in his last two outings, which is a massive improvement considering how poorly he began the year (0-2, 14.73 in his first two starts). He's 4-1 in his career against the Pirates with a 0.98 ERA and 0.804 WHIP in six starts.
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz will rejoin the team Sunday after playing Friday and Saturday at Double-A Reading. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, CSNPhilly.com
Insight: Ruiz had a career year at the plate, hitting .325 with 32 doubles, 16 homers, 68 RBIs and a .935 OPS in 114 games but he tested positive for amphetamines and was suspended for 25 games to start this season. Ruiz was a solid average hitter prior to last season, but he'll have to prove the power display wasn't a fluke.
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in Tuesday's lineup. Freddy Galvis will draw the start.
Insight: There's no word on an injury, so he's probably just getting the night off. Utley is hitting .306 with three homers, 15 RBIs, 10 runs and three steals in 20 games and appears to be back to his old self at the plate.
Description: The Phillies have called up right-hander Jonathan Pettibone to take injured starter John Lannan's spot in the rotation.
Insight: Pettibone has done nothing in his first couple of outings down at Lehigh Valley to make fantasy owners want to take a shot on him. He's 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA in two starts. He was 13-8 last season with a 3.10 ERA, but he's not a strikeout guy and fantasy owners should take a wait-and-see attitude before putting him on a roster.
Description: Philadelphia outfielder Delmon Young went 1-for-4 in his first rehab game on Sunday.
Insight: Young's recovery from offseason ankle surgery has taken longer than expected. Worse, he played poorly in the field and won't be able to help fantasy owners on a regular basis until/unless that improves.
Description: It's feast or famine when Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard faces off with Pittsburgh right-hander A.J. Burnett. In 14 at-bats, Howard has just three hits (.214) and six strikeouts against Burnett, but all three hits were of the home run variety.
Insight: Howard is batting a much-improved .277 this season, but without much power. He's hit just one home run with five extra base hits in 65 at-bats . Today we are expecting to see the power at least one time.
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young is 11-for-27 (.407) with two doubles, a homer and three walks in his career versus St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook.
Insight: Most of those at-bats likely came when Westbrook was a member of the Indians. Young is hitting .333 and has hit safely in 11 straight games, but has just one hit in each of his last nine, so he's not exactly tearing the cover off the ball. Still, Westbrook hasn't been able to contain Young, so the veteran infielder is a solid play Sunday.
Description: Philadelphia righthander Roy Halladay returned to ace status Friday night in a win over St. Louis (7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 6 K's, 2 BB).
Insight: Halladay (2-2, 6.04 ERA) has a 1.80 ERA in his last two outings, which is a massive improvement considering how poorly he began the year (0-2, 14.73 in his first two starts). It's too early to tell if Halladay is all the way back but fantasy owners have to like what they're seeing from him right now.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in Friday's lineup against St. Louis.
Insight: Howard had a great spring, but it hasn't manifested itself into a good start. He's batting .274 but with one home run and five RBI while striking out 16 times in 62 at-bats. He's just 2-for-12 against Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, so this could just be manager Charlie Manuel playing the numbers game and not an injury.
Description: Philadelphia lefthander John Lannan has been placed on the DL.
Insight: Doctors have diagnosed him with a strained quad and it's unknown exactly how much time he will miss. He didn't pitch very well in his last start (1 2/3 IP, 8 H, 6 ER Wednesday against Cincinnati) so fantasy owners probably won't miss Lannan while he's gone.
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is a career .500 hitter (6-for-12) versus Cincinnati right-hander Mike Leake with a pair of homers and a 1.600 OPS.
Insight: Howard had a great spring, but it hasn't manifested itself into a good start. He's batting just .241 with one home run and five RBI while striking out 15 times in 54 at-bats. Perhaps this matchup will get him going in the right direction again.
Description: Phillies starter Roy Halladay allowed one run on five hits, walked one and struck out two in eight innings Sunday versus Miami.
Insight: At least Halladay hasn't fallen so far that he can no longer beat the Marlins. The right-hander gave up 12 runs, 12 hits, six walks and three homers over 7 1/3 innings in his first two starts this season after getting battered this spring. He has been dealing with diminished stuff, but we think he'll eventually figure out how to get hitters out well enough to be a mid-level fantasy starter.
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere went 2-for-5 with a stolen base Sunday against Miami.
Insight: Revere is just 12-for-50 (.240) this zero extra-base hits this season, and he has struck out nine times in 12 games after fanning 54 times in 124 games last year. He does have five steals, however.
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins has a career .667 batting average versus Mets starter Dillon Gee, though all six hits have been singles.
Insight: Rollins has gotten off to a fast start this season, batting .300 with an .844 OPS. He's scored four runs and stolen three bases without getting caught. A favorable matchup for the batter who should be in all lineups on Tuesday.
Description: Roy Halladay's struggles continued Monday in a loss to the Mets (4 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 Ks).
Insight: Halladay fell to 0-2 on the season while watching his ERA balloon to 14.73. We're not sure if Doc's in a slump or he's just getting older but whatever the issue is, he needs to figure it out quickly. The Phillies are 2-5 and have now lost four of Halladay's last five starts dating back to last season.
Description: Philadelphia righthander Roy Halladay struggled Wednesday in his first start of the 2013 regular season.
Insight: Halladay was chased after just 3 1/3 innings. Over that span, he gave up six hits, five runs and three walks. Halladay did manage to rack up nine strikeouts, which is an encouraging sign. He'll try and do better next time out against the Mets.
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley went deep in the season opener Monday against Atlanta.
Insight: Utley finished with three hits and three RBI. For the first time in several seasons, Utley is fully healthy to start the year. Fantasy owners can expect a bounce-back season from Utley in 2013.
Description: Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay allowed eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings in his final Grapefruit League start Thursday.
Insight: Halladay gave up 21 hits, nine walks, three homers and 11 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings this spring, and that doesn't include his disastrous minor league start last Saturday. His fastball was between 88-90 mph on Thursday, which is a good sign, but this last start doesn't exactly inspire confidence in fantasy owners.
Description: The Phillies have cut ties with second baseman Yuniesky Betancourt.
Insight: Betancourt has played well this spring (.447 with 14 RBI in 18 games) but he wasn't going to get much playing time with Chase Utley at second base. He should find a roster spot with another team fairly quickly. The Phillies releasing him is actually better for Betancourt's overall fantasy value.
Description: Philadelphia first baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf will open the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Insight: Ruf is probably better suited for first base but that won't work unless Ryan Howard suffers another injury. Now that Ruf is out of the running, it looks like the Phils will go with an outfield of Domonic Brown, Ben Revere and Delmon Young to begin the season.
Description: Philadelphia outfielder Domonic Brown ranks second in the majors with six homers this spring. He's batting .397 in 63 at-bats.
Insight: Brown's strong spring means he will likely be the starting left fielder, with Delmon Young starting in right when he returns from his injury. Brown is an intriguing player given his past status as a top prospect.
Description: Phillies outfielder Delmon Young, who is recovering from November microfracture surgery on his ankle is running, but still not doing any "baseball activities."
Insight: He's not likely to be ready for the opener meaning he could lose his spot in line if guys like Domonic Brown, John Mayberry or Darin Ruf get off to a hot start. Young hasn't been much of a fantasy value since 2010 (.298, 21 HR, 112 RBI).
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has four homers this spring and is batting .333, but in typical Howard fashion also has 12 strikeouts in 42 at-bats.
Insight: Howard says he essentially played on one leg last season because the muscles had not redeveloped in his left leg after a ruptured Achilles tendon. He still drove in 56 runs and blasted 14 homers in 71 games and should be a strong power producer this season. However, fantasy owners should consider sitting him against lefties -- he hit .173 with a .604 OPS and a 45/5 K/BB in 98 at-bats against lefties last season and has a career .227 average against them.
Description: Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee expressed concern about Roy Halladay after Halladay struggled in a Grapefruit League start on Tuesday. SOURCE: MLB.com
Insight: Halladay insisted that he is fine but he was throwing just 84-86 mph in the game and lacked command. He blamed his performance on lethargy caused by a new workout program. Doc carries major risk heading into this season after an injury-plagued 2012.