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Cole Hamels, SP4/18/2014 2:57:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (biceps tendinitis) could be back in the rotation next week as his rehab has gone well/
Insight: Hamels pitched seven innings of three-hit baseball at Clearwater and is in line for a Tuesdat start against the Dodgers. He's 3-1 in his career against the Dodgers with a 1.76 ERA and 0.882 WHIP.
A.J. Burnett, SP4/17/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right-hander A.J. Burnett (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 K's) was outstanding in Thursday's no-decision against Atlanta.
Insight: Burnett's outing is even more impressive when you consider he's been pitching with a hernia for the past few weeks. His next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Carlos Ruiz, C4/17/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz will be given the afternoon off Thursday Atlanta.
Insight: The 35-year-old is just getting the normal day game after a night game rest. Ruiz has yet to produce with the bat, hitting .233 with zero homers and no RBI.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/17/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Howard gets to avoid the left-left matchup. Not a bad idea considering he's batting .176 this season against left-handers.
Cliff Lee, SP4/16/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left-hander Cliff Lee fanned 13 hitters Wednesday in a loss to Atlanta.
Insight: Lee's only mistake was allowing a solo home run to Evan Gattis in the fourth inning. After spotting Lee 14 runs in the season opener, the Phillies have scored two runs or fewer in each of Lee's last three starts.
Cody Asche, 3BCold4/16/2014 2:54:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche is getting the day off Wednesday against the Braves, according to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: Freddy Galvis is starting at third base for Asche, who has gone 4-for-33 (.121) with 13 Ks since he went 3-for-4 with a homer and four runs on Opening Day.
Ben Revere, CF4/16/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere (rib) will return to the lineup Wednesday at Atlanta, according to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: Revere (.273, 7 R, 5 SB) last started on April 10 due to a rib injury but pinch hit on April 11, 12 and 13.
Ben Revere, CF4/15/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Ben Revere would have returned to the starting lineup had the Phillies played on Tuesday. SOURCE: Chris Branch, Delaware Online
Insight: Revere seems to have recovered from the rib injury that plagued him most of last week. He didn't get a chance to help fantasy owners Tuesday because of the rainout but Revere (.273, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 5 SB) should be good to go Wednesday when the Phillies host Atlanta.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/14/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard went yard for the second straight game Monday against Atlanta.
Insight: Howard already has 18 Ks in 49 at-bats and is batting .224 with three HRs and seven RBI.
Domonic Brown, LF4/14/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning Monday against the Braves.
Insight: The shot briefly gave the Phillies a 6-5 lead, but Jake Diekman allowed a grand slam to Dan Uggla in the ninth. Brown has a .304 average and eight RBI so far.
A.J. Burnett, SP4/14/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett will start Wednesday against Atlanta despite a hernia, according to Jim Salisbury of csnphilly.com.
Insight: He'll start for the Phillies but shouldn't be in any fantasy rotations at the moment. He has a 3.94 ERA but has walked 14 batters and given up 17 hits in 16 innings (1.94 WHIP).
Ben Revere, CF4/14/2014 2:39:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will not start for a fourth consecutive game.
Insight: He remains on the bench with a bruised rib, though he has gotten an at-bat in the last three games (0-for-3). Tony Gwynn Jr. (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 runs) is getting another start in center field.
Chase Utley, 2BHot4/13/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: Three more hits Sunday against Miami has Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley's average up to .500 (20-for-40).
Insight: He hit his sixth double and three homer Sunday and suddenly looks like vintage Utley. The 35-year-old has just two strikeouts so far.
Jimmy Rollins, SS4/13/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: One day after Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-5 with a walk-off homer, he was 0-for-5 Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Rollins got his average up to .316 after Saturday's performance but he's back down to .279. He has good numbers -- two homers, 10 RBI, seven runs, two steals -- and is worth owning in 12-team leagues because shortstop is so shallow, but we aren't confident he'll keep this up after a horrible 2013 season.
Carlos Ruiz, C4/13/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz will be given the afternoon off Sunday against Miami. SOURCE: Phillies on Twitter
Insight: The 35-year-old had caught six games in a row prior to Sunday's day off. With only nine hits in 37 at bats, Ruiz (.243, 0 HR, 0 RBI) hasn't been of much use to fantasy owners this season.
Ben Revere, CF4/13/2014 10:03:00 AM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will miss his third game in a row Sunday versus the Marlins. SOURCE: Phillies on Twitter
Insight: He remains out with a bruised rib. Tony Gwynn Jr. (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI) is getting another start in center field.
Ben Revere, CF4/12/2014 3:01:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere is getting another day off to rest on Saturday.
Insight: Tony Gwynn Jr. will take his place in center field. Revere has a rib injury after making a diving catch, but should return to the lineup soon.
Jimmy Rollins, SS4/11/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has taken five walks over his last four games.
Insight: Rollins went 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks and a steal Friday and is up to .273 with eight RBI and two steals this season. He hasn't struck out since April 6.
Chase Utley, 2BHot4/11/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley had another two-hit game Friday against Miami.
Insight: Utley is hitting .469 with two homers, seven RBI and just two strikeouts in 32 at-bats.
A.J. Burnett, SP4/11/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett left Friday's start in the top of the fifth inning with groin soreness, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com. He was removed for precautionary reasons.
Insight: He threw 106 pitches, walked six batters and allowed two earned runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings before signaling for the trainer. However, he remained in the dugout after being removed from the game. The 37-year-old has 14 walks and 10 strikeouts in 16 innings this season.
A.J. Burnett, SP4/11/2014 8:55:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter A.J. Burnett left Friday's start in the top of the fifth inning with an apparent injury.
Insight: He threw 106 pitches, walked six batters and allowed two earned runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings before signaling for the trainer. However, he remained in the dugout after being removed from the game. The 37-year-old has 14 walks and 10 strikeouts in 16 innings this season.
Ben Revere, CF4/11/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere is getting Friday's game off to rest, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Revere has gone 12-for-41 (.293) with a triple, three RBI and seven runs this season, but he's coming off his first career three-K game. Tony Gwynn Jr. will take his place in center field.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/11/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has yet to produce a hit against Miami right-hander Jose Fernandez.
Insight: Howard is 0-for-8 with four strikeouts against Fernandez. He's not alone. Marlon Byrd, Domonic Brown and Chase Utley are also hitless. It would probably be best to avoid all Phillies hitters on Friday.
Chase Utley, 2B4/11/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley is hitless in six at-bats against Miami ace Jose Fernandez.
Insight: The two games Utley missed due to illness didn't cool off his bat as he added two more hits to raise his average to .464. This unfavorable matchup might.
Marlon Byrd, RF4/10/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Thursday against the Brewers.
Insight: Byrd has two homers, 11 Ks and a .263 average in 38 at-bats. He hit .291 with a career-high 24 round-trippers last season, but we're skeptical that he'll duplicate those numbers at age 36 after hitting more than 12 HRs in a season just once before last year.
Cole Hamels, SP4/10/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (biceps tendinitis) could be back in the rotation on April 22, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Hamels might need just two more rehab starts after his turn on April 12.
Chase Utley, 2B4/10/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley is back in the lineup on Thursday after missing a couple of days due to illness.
Insight: Cesar Hernandez (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI) started at second base while Utley was sidelined. Hopefully, Utley will be as hot now as before he got ill (.458, 2 HR, 6 RBI).
Cody Asche, 3BCold4/9/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche (hamstring) doubled during a pinch-hitting appearance Wednesday night against Milwaukee.
Insight: Asche was out of the starting lineup due to a tweaked hamstring, but it must not be too serious. The third baseman went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two RBI and four runs on Opening Day but he has managed just four hits in 18 at-bats since then while striking out seven times.
Cody Asche, 3BCold4/9/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche is not in the starting lineup Wednesday because of a tweaked hamstring, according to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com.
Insight: Asche went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double, two RBI and four runs on Opening Day but he's managed just three hits in 18 at-bats since then while striking out seven times.
Chase Utley, 2B4/9/2014 4:37:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley won't be available Wednesday against the Brewers. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: He's still battling the flu. Cesar Hernandez (.375, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will grab another start at second base. He went 1-for-3 with a walk in yesterday's game.
Carlos Ruiz, C4/8/2014 2:13:00 PM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz will bat in the No. 3 hole with Chase Utley sidelined by illness.
Insight: Over his career, Ruiz has only batted third two times. He's batting .235 through the first five games.
Chase Utley, 2B4/8/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley will miss Tuesday's game due to flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Utley is pounding the ball this spring, batting .458 with a pair of homers through the first two series, but is just a .148 lifetime hitter against Tuesday's starter right-hander Kyle Lohse. Hopefully he won't miss more than a day or two.
Domonic Brown, LF4/8/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown has the power to take Brewers hurler Kyle Lohse deep, but he's just 1-for-9 (.111) in their matchups.
Insight: Brown (.272, 27 HR, 83 RBI) last season is off to a solid start, batting .381 through six games, but has yet to go yard. A warning track fly ball in right field could leave the park today, but the matchup is unfavorable.
Chase Utley, 2B4/8/2014 10:01:00 AM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is just a .148 lifetime hitter against Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse (4-for-27).
Insight: Utley is pounding the ball this spring, batting .458 with a pair of homers through the first two series. Fantasy owners would probably like to put him out there given the wind blowing out to right on Tuesday, but his lack of success against Lohse makes that a gamble.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/8/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has a career .455 batting average with a pair of homers and a 1.311 OPS versus Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Howard has hits in five of six games this spring, but he's still striking out too much (9 times in 25 at-bats). We'll take a flier on him Tuesday with a strong wind blowing out to right field at Citizen Bank Park.
Chase Utley, 2BHot4/5/2014 6:48:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has homered in two straight games against the Cubs.
Insight: Utley has collected at least one hit in all five games this season and is 10-for-21 (.476) with two doubles, two homers, five RBI and just one strikeout.
Cliff Lee, SP4/5/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee allowed 10 hits but didn't walk a batter and struck out six over seven scoreless innings Saturday at Chicago.
Insight: It was a nice bounce-back effort for Lee after he gave up eight earned runs over five innings in the opener at Texas. The left-hander won that game anyway and is now 2-0.
Jimmy Rollins, SS4/4/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is back in the lineup for Friday's game against Chicago, according to Philadelphia staff writer Matt Gelb.
Insight: Rollins left the club for the birth of his baby. Once a top-five fantasy shortstop, Rollins' numbers have faded to the level of a low-end starter. He can still steal 20-plus bases, but the days of 20 HR and 40 SB are long gone.
Cole Hamels, SP4/2/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (biceps tendinitis) will start his rehab assignment on Sunday, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Hamels entered spring training behind schedule due to a shoulder problem and fell further behind when it didn't feel right early on. The team gave him time off and now its a matter of building up his innings. He could be back April 26 if he makes four rehab starts or May 1 if he makes five.
Jimmy Rollins, SS4/2/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not in Wednesday's line and has headed home to be with his wife for the birth of his child.
Insight: Once a top-five fantasy shortstop, Rollins' numbers have faded to the level of a low-end starter. He can still steal 20-plus bases, but the days of 20 HR and 40 SB are long gone. Jayson Nix will replace him against Texas on Wednesday night.
Jimmy Rollins, SS4/1/2014 10:51:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is likely to miss a game or two this week with his wife expected their second child any day now.
Insight: Rollins hit the 200th homer of his career in the season opener. Once a top-five fantasy shortstop, Rollins' numbers have faded to the level of a low-end starter. He can still steal 20-plus bases, but the days of 20 HR and 40 SB are long gone.
Ben Revere, CF3/31/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere had three hits, three RBI, two runs and a steal in the season opener Monday at Texas.
Insight: Revere was hitting .305 with 22 steals last year when his season came to an end in July due to a broken right foot, and he batted .294 with 40 steals in 2012. Just 45 of his career 374 hits went for extra bases, however.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/31/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins hit a grand slam in the top of the second inning Monday for his 200th career home run.
Insight: Rollins didn't have a hit in his other five at-bats, but it's good to see some power out of him after he dropped from 23 in 2012 to six last year.
Marlon Byrd, RF3/31/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Marlon Byrd made a good first impression Monday by hitting a solo homer in his Phillies debut.
Insight: Byrd had a career-high 24 home runs with 88 RBI, 75 runs, a .291 average and an .847 OPS last season as a 35-year-old. He won't repeat the batting average -- it was the result of a .353 BABIP -- but should launch at least 20 homers due to the Phillies' favorable home park.
Cody Asche, 3B3/31/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche had a big day at the plate in the season opener Monday, going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, two RBI and four runs.
Insight: Asche was unimpressive as a rookie, hitting .235 with five home runs and a .691 OPS in 162 at-bats after batting .295 with 15 homers in 404 at-bats with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He also hit just .170 this spring, but his struggles were washed away Monday.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/31/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins will start Opening Day against Texas. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: Rollins left the team to see the birth of his second child but arrived in Arlington just in time to suit up for Monday's season opener. We had him ranked 21st among shortstops in our preseason fantasy rankings.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/30/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: According to Todd Zolecki of mlb.com, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is expected to be in the Opening Day lineup Monday against the Rangers.
Insight: Rollins' wife is due to give birth to the couple's second child. The 35-year-old hit just .252 with six home runs, 39 RBI, 65 runs, 22 steals and a .666 OPS in 160 games last season and has had his leadership abilities questioned this spring.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/30/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Shortstop Jimmy Rollins is iffy for Monday's season opener against the Rangers because his wife is due to give birth, according to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: Rollins has every right to be with his wife, but it's poor timing to miss Opening Day after his leadership ability was called into question during spring training. The 35-year-old hit just .252 with six home runs, 39 RBI, 65 runs, 22 steals and a .666 OPS in 160 games last season and should only be drafted as a late-round flyer in deep fantasy leagues.
Jayson Nix, SS3/29/2014 10:51:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay traded Jayson Nix to Philadelphia Friday for cash considerations.
Insight: Nix hit .270 for the Rays in 37 spring training at bats. He gives the Phils a solid backup option in case Chase Utley or Jimmy Rollins gets hurt this season.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP3/27/2014 8:39:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday.
Insight: Gonzalez signed with the Phillies last August after defecting from Cuba. He's only pitched twice in spring training, allowing five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He can be avoided for now in fantasy, as there's no guarantee he'll join the big league rotation immediately upon his return to full health.
Cole Hamels, SP3/27/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (biceps tendinitis) threw two innings in a minor league game and was pleased with how he felt, according to espn.com. The Phillies placed Hamels on the 15-day DL Thursday.
Insight: Hamels entered spring training behind schedule due to a shoulder problem and fell further behind when it didn't feel right early on. The team gave him time off and now its a matter of getting innings and building arm strength. Figure a return in early May at the latest.
Cole Hamels, SP3/24/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw another bullpen session Sunday and away "thrilled," according to beat writer Matt Gelb.
Insight: Hamels entered spring training behind schedule due to a shoulder problem and fell further behind when it didn't feel right early on. The team gave him time off and now its a matter of getting innings and building arm strength. Figure a return in late April.
Ryan Howard, 1BCold3/23/2014 1:46:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has fanned 20 times in 50 at-bats this spring.
Insight: We've heard that Howard is healthier than he's been in years, but he just isn't the same hitter he was two or three seasons ago. He has struck out in at least 30 percent of his plate appearance the past two seasons and had a career-low 14.9 percent HR/FB last year. His career HR/FB is 27.7 percent.
Freddy Galvis, 2B3/21/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Freddy Galvis has a staph infection and will begin the year on the DL. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: Galvis saw some time last year while Chase Utley was on the DL but never emerged as a legitimate fantasy option. The Phillies haven't announced a timetable for when he might be back.
Darin Ruf, RF3/21/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia outfielder Darin Ruf has been diagnosed with a strained oblique. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: He'll miss 4-to-6 weeks. Marlon Byrd (.291, 24 HR, 88 RBI in 2013) will handle things in right field while Ruf is out.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP3/20/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was given a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Thursday. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: Gonzalez signed with the Phillies last August after defecting from Cuba. He's only pitched twice in spring training, allowing five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. We'd be hesitant to add him in fantasy, especially while his shoulder is giving him trouble.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/19/2014 9:01:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins isn't willing to waive his no-trade clause. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: He's been in Ryne Sandberg's doghouse all spring and this show of defiance certainly won't ease the tension between the two. As a player with 10-5 rights, Rollins has veto power over any trade. After hitting just .252 across 600 at bats last season, Rollins is no longer a must-own fantasy player.
Cliff Lee, SP3/17/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee will be the Opening Day starter.
Insight: There really wasn't any question with Roy Halladay retired and Cole Hamels injured. Lee went 14-8 with a 2.87 ERA and 1.010 WHIP in 2013. There is no reason he can't pitch just as well in 2014, the real question is whether the Phillies can score enough runs for him to win. Lee lost five game last year while yielding two earned runs or less.
Cole Hamels, SP3/14/2014 2:18:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and came out clean so he'll try again on Sunday.
Insight: Hamels entered spring training behind schedule due to a shoulder problem. He can be ruled out for the first two weeks of April, even if he avoids a setback going forward, and there's a chance he won't pitch at all in the first month of the season.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/13/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is expected to play Friday after missing the last three games, according to beat writer Matt Gelb.
Insight: Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg has kept Rollins out of the lineup, possibly to send him a message about his lack of hustle. Rollins hit just .252 with six homers, 22 steals, 65 runs and a .666 OPS last season in 160 games.
Miguel Gonzalez, SP3/13/2014 4:03:00 PM
Description: Although the Phillies signed the Cuban right-hander to a three-year, $12 million deal, he's expected to begin the season in the minors.
Insight: Gonzalez has been unimpressive so far this spring and should not be on any redraft fantasy rosters. He's pitched 2.2 innings with a 16.87 ERA and a 4.50 WHIP.
Jimmy Rollins, SS3/12/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be out of the lineup a third straight game Thursday against the Yankees even though manager Ryne Sandberg says Rollins is "fine." SOURCE: csnphilly.com
Insight: Sandberg may be sending Rollins a message about his lack of hustle, something old manager Charlie Manuel put up with. Rollins hit just .252 with six homers, 22 steals, 65 runs and a .666 OPS last season in 160 games.
Cole Hamels, SP3/11/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Hamels entered spring training behind schedule after experiencing shoulder discomfort in November and he began experiencing arm fatigue last week after initially making good progress. He can be ruled out for the first two weeks of April, even if he avoids a setback going forward, and there's a chance he won't pitch at all in the first month of the season.
Cole Hamels, SP3/9/2014 3:26:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels doesn't feel pain in his left shoulder but says his arm is "fatigued out," according to mlb.com.
Insight: Hamels entered spring training behind schedule after experiencing shoulder discomfort in November, but he made good progress and was only expected to miss one or two starts. He didn't exactly suffer a setback, as his shoulder is structurally fine, but the fatigue means he'll have to slow his throwing program again. The Phillies hope that the cause of the fatigue is Hamels pushing himself too hard, too fast.
Cole Hamels, SP3/6/2014 12:15:00 PM
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.
Cody Asche, 3B3/5/2014 12:58:00 PM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP3/4/2014 7:11:00 PM
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.
Cody Asche, 3B3/2/2014 4:47:00 PM
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.
Cody Asche, 3B3/2/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Cody Asche exited Sunday's spring training game against Pittsburgh after a pitch hit his hand. SOURCE: Matt Gelb, Philly Inquirer
Insight: Asche (.235, 5 HR, 22 RBI) was in obvious pain and now Phillies fans are left holding their breath. We should have an update as soon as Asche's X-rays become available.
Cole Hamels, SP2/26/2014 4:41:00 PM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP2/23/2014 3:09:00 PM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C2/19/2014 2:59:00 PM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP2/19/2014 11:34:00 AM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP2/13/2014 3:57:00 PM
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.
A.J. Burnett, SP2/12/2014 12:09:00 PM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP2/12/2014 11:36:00 AM
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.
John Mayberry, LF1/17/2014 10:09:00 AM
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.
Roberto Hernandez, SP12/12/2013 9:40:00 PM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C11/18/2013 1:38:00 PM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C11/12/2013 8:26:00 PM
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.
Marlon Byrd, RF11/12/2013 6:43:00 PM
Description: Marlon Byrd is headed to Philadelphia. The outfielder agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract on Tuesday. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: Byrd split last season between Pittsburgh and New York, hitting .291 with 24 HR and 88 RBI in 147 appearances. He has a good chance to be the Phillies' Opening Day right fielder.
Carlos Ruiz, C11/8/2013 10:46:00 AM
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.
Roy Halladay, SP11/8/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Free agent righthander Roy Halladay and the Phillies have been in contact, according to a philly.com report.
Insight: Halladay is likely going to have to accept a short-term, incentive-laden deal given his injured status from last season.
Cody Asche, 3B9/29/2013 3:39:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche exited Sunday's game against Atlanta after a throw from Domonic Brown hit him in the face. SOURCE: Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News
Insight: The throw got him right in the chin. Assuming the injury isn't serious, Asche (.235, 5 HR, 22 RBI) should be the team's starting third baseman heading into spring training.
Carlos Ruiz, CCold9/29/2013 11:16:00 AM
Description: A bruised hand will keep Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz out of the lineup Sunday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Sportsnet
Insight: Erik Kratz will start behind the plate for Sunday's regular season finale. Ruiz will end the season with just two hits in his final 33 at bats.
Cesar Hernandez, CF9/28/2013 10:47:00 PM
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.
Cliff Lee, SPHot9/27/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee lost his final start of 2013 despite allowing three hits and one run with 13 strikeouts over eight innings.
Insight: Lee went 3-2 with a 1.85 ERA, a 0.69 WHIP and a ridiculous 54/1 K/BB in 39 innings in September. He'll finish 14-8 with a 2.87 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP and 222 strikeouts in 222 2/3 innings.
Roy Halladay, SP9/23/2013 9:22:00 PM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SSHot9/21/2013 12:05:00 PM
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.
Kyle Kendrick, SP9/20/2013 4:40:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia pitcher Kyle Kendrick has been shut down for the remainder of the season, according to beat writer Chris Branch.
Insight: Kendrick doesn't strike a lot of men out and has allowed more than a hit per inning so added to a 4.70 ERA and 1.40 WHIP means he's not a fantasy worthy asset.
Roy Halladay, SP9/17/2013 9:54:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Roy Halladay has now thrown three quality starts and two poor ones since returning from the disabled list.
Insight: Halladay beat the Marlins Tuesday after throwing six innings and allowing four hits and a run. He's 2-0 with a 4.28 ERA in 27 1/3 innings since coming back from his shoulder surgery.
Chase Utley, 2B9/17/2013 9:53:00 PM
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.
Cliff Lee, SPHot9/16/2013 10:27:00 PM
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).
Carlos Ruiz, CHot9/15/2013 1:08:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz will have the afternoon off on Sunday.
Insight: He'll step aside to give Erik Kratz some work behind the plate. Ruiz has collected a .500 average in his last five games (10-for-20).
Domonic Brown, LF9/15/2013 10:40:00 AM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SS9/15/2013 10:30:00 AM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF9/14/2013 7:02:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown is hoping to return to the starting lineup Sunday against Washington. SOURCE: Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: He made a pinch-hitting appearance on Friday and he could make another one tonight. Achilles inflammation has limited the first-time All-Star to just three at bats over the last two weeks.
Domonic Brown, LF9/14/2013 9:40:00 AM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SSCold9/13/2013 10:13:00 AM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is 2-for-18 (.111) with seven strikeouts against Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: like most of the Phillies, Rollins' 2013 has really been a disaster (.246, 6 HR, 38 RBI) in all areas. A date with the hard-throwing Strasburg (7-9, 2.96 ERA, 1.04 ERA ) isn't likely to help.
Cliff Lee, SPHot9/11/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: Phillies ace Cliff Lee has tossed eight innings in three of his last four starts, including Wednesday night against the Padres.
Insight: Lee is 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 29 innings in that span. He's 13-6 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP this season.
Roy Halladay, SP9/11/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Phillies starter Roy Halladay's next start was pushed back to Thursday against the Padres because of flu-like symptoms.
Insight: Cliff Lee will move up to Wednesday and Tyler Cloyd took Halladay's spot Tuesday.
Carlos Ruiz, C9/11/2013 9:54:00 AM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz missed Tuesday's game against San Diego and is questionable for Wednesday due to a bruised collarbone.
Insight: Ruiz is hitting .343 over the past four weeks (20 games) to raise his average to a respectable .280.
Roy Halladay, SP9/10/2013 9:23:00 PM
Description: The Phillies have pushed Roy Halladay's next start back to Thursday against the Padres, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Insight: Halladay was supposed to start Tuesday but he is dealing with the flu. Cliff Lee will move up to Wednesday and Tyler Cloyd took Halladay's spot Tuesday.
Darin Ruf, 1B9/8/2013 7:00:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf broke out of a 5-for-37 (.135) slump with two hits and a home run Sunday against the Braves.
Insight: Ruf has two homers in 14 games since Aug. 24 after going deep nine times from Aug. 2-24.
Cole Hamels, SPHot9/8/2013 6:40:00 PM
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.
Roy Halladay, SP9/8/2013 2:22:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia righthander Roy Halladay may have his next start pushed back while he deals with an illness. SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: He's supposed to start on Tuesday but now it looks like he may be pushed back to Wednesday. Tyler Cloyd (2-3, 3.57 ERA) would move up a day if that is the case.
Freddy Galvis, 2B9/8/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis bashed four hits Saturday in a 6-5 win over Atlanta.
Insight: It's one of the few productive games Galvis (.216, 5 HR, 16 RBI) has had this season. He was hitless in his previous 17 at bats coming into this game.
Cliff Lee, SPHot9/6/2013 9:57:00 PM
Description: Phillies ace Cliff Lee fanned ten hitters in eight innings Friday in a win against the Braves.
Insight: He held Atlanta to only one run on two hits. Lee is unbeaten in his last four starts (2-0, 1.93 ERA in 28 innings over that span).
Domonic Brown, LF9/5/2013 11:12:00 AM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP9/4/2013 11:09:00 AM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B9/3/2013 4:19:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF9/2/2013 4:41:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (heel) is day-to-day with mild tendinitis in his right Achilles tendon, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Brown has been dealing with the injury since Aug. 24 and has been limited to 12 plate appearances since then.
Jimmy Rollins, SS9/2/2013 11:29:00 AM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF8/31/2013 2:35:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (heel) will keep in out of action on Saturday.
Insight: Brown missed four straight games due to inflammation in his Achilles and couldn't play all nine innings on friday night.
Michael Young, 3B8/30/2013 9:43:00 PM
Description: Even after going 10-for-21 (.476) over his last five games, Michael Young is hitting .234 in August.
Insight: Young started out 12-for-73 (.164) this month. With little power, little speed and a .272 average, Young doesn't do much for fantasy owners.
Roy Halladay, SP8/30/2013 9:38:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF8/30/2013 6:25:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (heel) said he was pretty sore after returning to action Friday, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Insight: Brown missed four straight games due to inflammation in his Achilles. There's a strong chance he'll be out of the lineup Saturday.
Cody Asche, 3B8/30/2013 10:45:00 AM
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.
Cody Asche, 3B8/29/2013 7:15:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia rookie third baseman Cody Asche missed Thursday's game against New York because of a strained hamstring. SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Domonic Brown, LF8/29/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (heel) feels good enough to return to the lineup Thursday.
Insight: Brown has missed the last four games with Achilles inflammation. He's batting fourth for Thursday's 1:10 p.m. ET start against the Mets.
Cole Hamels, SPHot8/29/2013 10:01:00 AM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, CHot8/29/2013 9:54:00 AM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF8/28/2013 6:48:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown remains out with Achilles inflammation.
Insight: Pete Orr will get the start in left Wednesday against the Mets. The All-Star outfielder hasn't played in a game since Friday.
Michael Young, 3B8/28/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Michael Young is a career .571 hitter (8-for-14) versus Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Insight: Young has a pair of two-hit games in the first games of the series with New York and figures to have a good day on Wednesday.
Domonic Brown, LF8/28/2013 9:51:00 AM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF8/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown isn't in Tuesday's starting lineup, but is available to pinch-hit against the New York Mets.
Insight: Brown is dealing with Achilles inflammation. Darin Ruf (.266, 11 HR, 19 RBI in 43 games) would likely get the start in left field if Brown isn't ready to go.
Domonic Brown, LF8/27/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown didn't start on Monday, but was available to pinch-hit against the New York Mets.
Insight: Brown is dealing with Achilles inflammation. Darin Ruf (.266, 11 HR, 19 RBI in 43 games) would likely get the start in left field if Brown isn't ready to go.
Cliff Lee, SP8/26/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia lefthander Cliff Lee (8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K's) finally got back in the win column Monday against the Mets.
Insight: That ends a six-start winless streak for the veteran. Lee owns a 3.83 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break. His next outing is Saturday against the Cubs.
Domonic Brown, LF8/26/2013 4:58:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown will sit again Monday against New York.
Insight: Brown is dealing with Achilles inflammation. Darin Ruf (.272, 11 HR, 19 RBI) will get the start in left field versus Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Domonic Brown, LF8/26/2013 11:30:00 AM
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.
Roy Halladay, SP8/25/2013 7:38:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF8/25/2013 12:14:00 PM
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.
Roy Halladay, SP8/25/2013 12:10:00 PM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, CHot8/25/2013 10:14:00 AM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has raised his average 34 points by going 15-for-29 over his last seven games.
Insight: Ruiz was hitting .250 with a .608 OPS on Aug. 17, but he has heated up recently. He has produced four doubles and two homers during the last seven games.
Darin Ruf, 1BHot8/25/2013 9:33:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf has homered in three straight games.
Insight: He has gone deep nine times this month and 11 times in 41 games since he was called up in early July. The 27-year-old should be grabbed in most leagues.
Domonic Brown, LF8/24/2013 10:05:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown exited Saturday's game in the third inning because of a sore heel. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: John Mayberry has come on in place of Brown. We wouldn't expect Brown (.275, 27 HR, 80 RBI) to miss more than a day or two with this injury.
Jimmy Rollins, SSCold8/23/2013 7:06:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins won't start Friday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Rollins is only hitting .136 over his last seven games. John McDonald will be getting the start in Rollins' place.
Domonic Brown, LF8/22/2013 10:37:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown clubbed a walkoff single Thursday against Colorado.
Insight: It was one of two hits on the night for Brown, who leads the team in HR (27), RBI (80) and slugging percentage (.522). He's hitting .276 in 76 at bats since the All-Star break.
Ryan Howard, 1B8/22/2013 9:48:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B8/21/2013 10:29:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B8/20/2013 9:30:00 PM
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."
Michael Young, 3B8/19/2013 3:54:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Michael Young is not in Monday's game against Colorado due to a sore left Achilles.
Insight: Rookie Cody Ashe (.185 batting average, 580 OPS) will likely get the start at third base.
Michael Young, 3B8/19/2013 11:55:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Michael Young is questionable for Monday's game against Colorado with a sore left Achilles.
Insight: Rookie Cody Ashe (.185 batting average, 580 OPS) would get the start at third base if Young can't go.
Carlos Ruiz, C8/18/2013 6:14:00 PM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP8/18/2013 6:10:00 PM
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.
Michael Young, 3B8/18/2013 11:22:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia third baseman Michael Young will sit out Sunday's series finale with the Dodgers because of a sore ankle.
Insight: Young's poor numbers against Ricky Nolasco (1-for-12 lifetime) may have also factored in the decision. Rookie Cody Ashe will make his 14th start at third base.
Jimmy Rollins, SSCold8/18/2013 11:17:00 AM
Description: Slumping Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins will have the day off on Sunday.
Insight: He's hitless in the series and just 1-for-15 in his last four outings. Michael Martinez (.192, 0 HR, 2 RBI) is getting the start at shortstop.
Michael Young, 3BCold8/17/2013 8:20:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young had to come out of Saturday's game against the Dodgers because of a sore ankle. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: Young has been showing his age lately. In August, he's hitting just .196 with only three extra base hits. John McDonald (.096, 1 HR, 4 RBI) is filling in for him at third base.
Chase Utley, 2B8/17/2013 2:43:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the LA Dodgers.
Insight: He's batting .280 with 15 homers, 45 RBI, 54 runs and an .843 OPS. A few years ago it was Utley and Robinson Cano for the top spot at second, but now Utley is a simply low-end starter.
Cliff Lee, SPCold8/16/2013 10:20:00 PM
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.
John Lannan, SP8/15/2013 8:53:00 PM
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.
Roy Halladay, SP8/15/2013 8:47:00 PM
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.
Darin Ruf, 1B8/15/2013 9:27:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf has blasted five homers in August.
Insight: He went deep Wednesday night against the Braves. He strikes out a lot so he isn't going to hit for a high average, but he has a .375 OBP and a .527 slugging percentage in 32 games.
Domonic Brown, LF8/15/2013 9:26:00 AM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Wednesday against the Braves.
Insight: Brown has been the Phillies most productive hitter this year. He's batting .277 with 27 longballs, 78 RBI and an .865 OPS.
John Lannan, SP8/14/2013 10:01:00 PM
Description: Phillies lefthander John Lannan injured his left knee Wednesday against the Braves. SOURCE: Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News
Insight: He only made it through 1 1/3 innings. At 3-5 with a 5.33 ERA, Lannan isn't owned in many fantasy leagues. Don't be surprised if the Phillies place him on the disabled list.
Jonathan Pettibone, SP8/14/2013 11:11:00 AM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B8/14/2013 11:06:00 AM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B8/14/2013 10:10:00 AM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C8/13/2013 11:00:00 AM
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.
Delmon Young, LF8/12/2013 8:20:00 PM
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.
Roy Halladay, SP8/12/2013 8:04:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia righthander Roy Halladay will begin a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast Phillies on Thursday. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Sports Philadelphia
Insight: Halladay is working his way back from shoulder surgery. It sounds like he could be back by the end of the month.
Jimmy Rollins, SS8/11/2013 10:28:00 AM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF8/10/2013 10:09:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Saturday versus Washington.
Insight: Brown has 11 homers since the start of June after going off for 12 in the month of May, but he still offers solid RBI production even when the ball isn't going out of the park.
Darin Ruf, 1B8/10/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf hit another home run Saturday against Washington.
Insight: That gives him four in his last eight games and six in 28 games this season. The 27-year-old has plenty of power and should be added in most leagues.
Roy Halladay, SP8/10/2013 8:54:00 PM
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.
Michael Young, 3B8/9/2013 10:21:00 AM
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.
Cody Asche, 3B8/8/2013 9:30:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Cody Asche blasted his first big league home run Thursday against the Cubs.
Insight: Asche went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, two RBI and two runs. He had three hits in his first 21 at-bats in the majors.
Darin Ruf, 1B8/8/2013 9:28:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Darin Ruf has three homers over his last six games.
Insight: Ruf went 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, two RBI and two runs Thursday against the Cubs and is hitting .303 with five longballs and 17 runs in 26 games since being recalled from the minors.
Chase Utley, 2B8/8/2013 9:25:00 PM
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.
Michael Young, 3B8/8/2013 11:46:00 AM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B8/7/2013 8:18:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B8/7/2013 3:59:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is not in Wednesday's starting lineup versus the Cubs.
Insight: The second baseman is batting .275 with 15 home runs, which is more than he had in either 2011 or 2012. Coming off a three-hit game on Tuesday, its surprising not to see him in the lineup.
Jonathan Papelbon, RPCold8/6/2013 10:38:00 PM
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.
Darin Ruf, 1B8/6/2013 10:35:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF8/6/2013 2:55:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown has been activated from the 7-day concussion list.
Insight: Brown has been the Phillies best hitter this season, batting .271 with 24 HR, 69 RBI and 51 runs in 99 games.
Chase Utley, 2B8/3/2013 9:58:00 AM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is 2-for-11, both singles, versus Atlanta right-hander Brandon Beachy.
Insight: The second baseman is batting .276 with 15 home runs, which is more than he had in either 2011 or 2012. He's got a modest four-game hitting streak, but an unfavorable matchup.
Carlos Ruiz, C8/3/2013 9:55:00 AM
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.
Jonathan Pettibone, SP8/2/2013 8:42:00 PM
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.
Cliff Lee, SP8/2/2013 7:39:00 PM
Description: Philles starter Cliff Lee will take the mound Sunday against Atlanta. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia
Insight: A stiff neck has kept Lee out since July 21st. He's 3-1 with a 1.53 ERA against the Braves since the start of 2012.
Carlos Ruiz, C8/2/2013 9:55:00 AM
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.
Cliff Lee, SP8/2/2013 9:30:00 AM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP8/1/2013 9:58:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF8/1/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown passed his concussion test on Wednesday. SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: He'll undergo more testing on Thursday and if all goes well, he could begin a rehab assignment this weekend. Brown suffered a concussion on July 23rd against St. Louis.
Domonic Brown, LF7/31/2013 3:18:00 PM
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.
Michael Young, 3B7/31/2013 10:08:00 AM
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.
Michael Young, 3B7/30/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Tuesday against San Francisco.
Insight: It might have been his final game with the Phillies. The team just brought up third base prospect Cody Asche and will try to trade Young before Wednesday's deadline.
Cody Asche, 3B7/30/2013 4:02:00 PM
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.
John Mayberry, LF7/30/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. has faced veteran left-hander Barry Zito just eight times, but he owns the Giants' starter with three home runs and a 2.250 OPS.
Insight: Sure eight at-bats is a miniscule sample size, but the results are too extreme to ignore. Take a flier on Mayberry this evening.
Cliff Lee, SP7/26/2013 8:17:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LF7/25/2013 4:30:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown has been dealing with concussion-like symptoms after a diving catch last Tuesday and has been placed on the 7-day disabled list.
Insight: Brown has had a breakout season, batting .271 with 24 HR, 69 RBI and an .847 OPS.
Domonic Brown, LF7/24/2013 6:03:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown won't play Wednesday versus St. Louis. He's dealing with concussion-like symptoms.
Insight: Brown bumped his head attempting to make a play on a Carlos Beltran triple on Tuesday night. He's a candidate for the 7-day disabled list.
Chase Utley, 2B7/19/2013 10:52:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley slugged a two-run homer and went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Utley hadn't had a multi-hit game since July 4. The second baseman has 12 home runs, which is more than he had in either 2011 or 2012.
Michael Young, 3B7/19/2013 10:51:00 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.
Domonic Brown, LFHot7/19/2013 10:49:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown hit his 24th home run of the season Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Brown went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs in the game. He has driven in 69 runs, fourth best in the NL.
Roy Halladay, SP7/18/2013 12:03:00 PM
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.
Michael Young, 3B7/16/2013 9:27:00 AM
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young is apparently an "in demand" player if Philadelphia decides to become sellers at the trade deadline.
Insight: Both the Yankees and the Red Sox are said to be interested. Young's fantasy value would significantly rise in the Boston lineup which has already scored 127 more runs than the Phillies.
Ben Revere, CF7/14/2013 2:35:00 PM
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.
Darin Ruf, 1B7/13/2013 10:21:00 PM
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.
Ben Revere, CF7/13/2013 8:50:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B7/13/2013 1:26:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B7/12/2013 3:59:00 PM
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.
Kyle Kendrick, SP7/11/2013 10:28:00 PM
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.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP7/10/2013 10:11:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B7/10/2013 7:11:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard had surgery to fix a torn meniscus on Wednesday. SOURCE: Danny Knobler, CBS Sports
Insight: The surgery was a success. Howard will be out until late August at the earliest.
Cole Hamels, SP7/9/2013 9:57:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels won two straight starts for the first time this season with a victory over Washington Tuesday.
Insight: Hamels turned in eight innings of six-hit, one-run baseball Tuesday to improve to 4-11. His ERA since June 1 is 3.06.
Ben Revere, CFHot7/8/2013 10:08:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere provided three hits Monday night in a win against the Nationals.
Insight: He also made a number of great catches in center field. He's hitting .429 with six RBI in his last ten contests. Revere is still homerless in 1,286 career major league at bats.
John Lannan, SP7/8/2013 10:00:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B7/8/2013 4:57:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard will miss 6-8 weeks with a meniscus tear, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Insight: Howard (.266, 11 HR, 43 RBI) is quickly becoming a regular on the disabled list. These past two seasons have made it hard for fantasy owners to trust Howard anymore.
Domonic Brown, LFHot7/7/2013 7:23:00 PM
Description: One day after being named as a reserve outfielder for the NL All-Star team, Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown hit his 23rd home run of the season.
Insight: Brown has had a fantastic season and definitely deserves to represent Philadelphia on the All-Star roster. He's batting .281 with 62 RBI and an .886 OPS.
Ryan Howard, 1B7/6/2013 7:27:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B7/6/2013 5:52:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B7/6/2013 11:26:00 AM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C7/5/2013 3:15:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B7/5/2013 10:57:00 AM
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.
Ben Revere, CFHot7/4/2013 5:17:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere is batting .402 (33-for-82) over his last 21 games.
Insight: Revere has raised his batting average from .244 to .290 in that span. The outfielder has 20 steals, but he also has been caught stealing eight times.
Cole Hamels, SP7/4/2013 5:15:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LFHot7/4/2013 9:19:00 AM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B7/3/2013 3:50:00 PM
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.
Ben Revere, CFHot7/1/2013 9:33:00 AM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere went 35-for-99 (.354) and stole 10 bases in the month of June.
Insight: Revere hit just .200 with a .456 OPS in April and saw reduced playing time in May, but in June he finally looked like the player Philadelphia thought it was getting from Minnesota.
Chase Utley, 2B6/30/2013 3:22:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1BCold6/28/2013 8:55:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard is out again Friday and he probably won't be back in the lineup until Sunday at the earliest.
Insight: Knee soreness continues to be a problem for Howard. It's also worth noting that Howard (.268, 10 HR, 41 RBI) is hitless in his last 16 at bats.
Mike Adams, RP6/28/2013 6:41:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia reliever Mike Adams has opted for a platelet-rich plasma injection over surgery. SOURCE: Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: Earlier in the week, we found out that Adams has a torn labrum as well as a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Barring some kind of medical miracle, his 2013 season is over.
Mike Adams, RP6/25/2013 8:44:00 PM
Description: Things aren't looking good for Phillies reliever Mike Adams. An examination Tuesday revealed three tears in his shoulder that could require surgery, according to Philly.com.
Insight: Adams has two tears in his labrum and one in his rotator cuff. Even if he opts for rehab over surgery, he's likely done for the season.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/25/2013 7:18:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is back in the lineup Tuesday after missing Monday's game due to ongoing left knee soreness.
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/25/2013 10:37:00 AM
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.
Jimmy Rollins, SS6/25/2013 10:10:00 AM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B6/25/2013 10:06:00 AM
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.
Mike Adams, RP6/24/2013 9:40:00 PM
Description: Surgery could be in Mike Adams' future. SOURCE: Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: The Philadelphia reliever appears to be dealing with a labrum issue. If Adams has to go under the knife, he can kiss the rest of this season goodbye.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/24/2013 8:07:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard won't play Monday against the Padres.
Insight: He's out because of a sore knee. Howard (.282, 10 HR, 41 RBI) will probably be dealing with this injury all season. He should be back in the lineup on Tuesday.
Carlos Ruiz, C6/23/2013 12:46:00 PM
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).
Ryan Howard, 1BHot6/22/2013 8:42:00 PM
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.
Jonathan Pettibone, SP6/22/2013 7:48:00 PM
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.
Jonathan Papelbon, RPCold6/22/2013 7:35:00 PM
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.
Mike Adams, RP6/22/2013 7:19:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia relief pitcher Mike Adams is headed back to the disabled list.
Insight: He's been battling biceps tendinitis for almost two weeks. The Phillies haven't given a timetable for his return.
Jimmy Rollins, SS6/22/2013 12:36:00 PM
Description: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is a career .615 hitter (8-for-13) against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee.
Insight: Rollins is batting .262 with four homers, 24 RBI and 28 runs scored and seven stolen bases. That's about what you can expect from him these days. This is a very favorable matchup.
Michael Young, 3BHot6/22/2013 12:35:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young is 6-for-8 with a pair of homers versus Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Young is batting .353 in June and this favorable matchup should keep him swinging a hot bat. Start him.
Chase Utley, 2B6/21/2013 2:28:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B6/20/2013 11:33:00 AM
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.
Kyle Kendrick, SP6/19/2013 10:58:00 PM
Description: Phillies righthander Kyle Kendrick shut down the Nationals Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park, allowing just two hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings.
Insight: He had been in line for the win but Jonathan Papelbon blew the save in the ninth inning. Kendrick's next start will be Tuesday against the Padres.
Chase Utley, 2B6/19/2013 12:04:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (oblique) will start his rehab assignment Wednesday with Double-A Reading.
Insight: Utley has been on the DL since May 21 due to a strained right oblique. He'll need at least 2-3 games, but could return to Philadelphia's lineup this weekend or early next week.
Carlos Ruiz, C6/18/2013 1:45:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Ruiz suffered a right hamstring strain on May 19. He's batting .235 in 16 games.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/18/2013 10:23:00 AM
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.
Jim Murphy, 1B6/17/2013 4:09:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/17/2013 10:11:00 AM
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.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP6/16/2013 4:23:00 PM
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).
Chase Utley, 2B6/16/2013 2:20:00 PM
Description: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (oblique) took batting practice with his teammates Friday and Saturday for the first time since suffering his injury, according to philly.com.
Insight: Utley has been on the DL since May 21 due to a strained right oblique. He reported no issues with the injury, but likely won't return until next weekend at the earliest.
Ben Revere, CFHot6/15/2013 9:03:00 PM
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).
Jimmy Rollins, SS6/15/2013 11:25:00 AM
Description: A hip injury kept Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins out of the lineup on Friday night and he's questionable for Saturday's game against Colorado.
Insight: Rollins is batting .265 with four homers, 23 RBI and 25 runs scored. That's about what you can expect from him these days.
Michael Young, 3BHot6/15/2013 10:29:00 AM
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young has only faced Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood six times, but he's banged out five hits and four RBI in the half dozen at-bats.
Insight: Young is on a six-game hitting streak, batting .423 over the span and this favorable matchup should keep him swinging a hot bat. Start him.
Jimmy Rollins, SS6/14/2013 6:06:00 PM
Description: A foot injury will keep Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins out of the lineup on Friday night. SOURCE: Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: It's Rollins' first absence of the season. Freddy Galvis (.213, 4 HR, 10 RBI) will slide over to shortstop with Kevin Frandsen (.273, 2 HR, 8 RBI) getting the start at second base.
Cliff Lee, SP6/14/2013 9:50:00 AM
Description: Phillies starter Cliff Lee is probable for his next scheduled start after suffering a blister on his pitching hand.
Insight: Lee (2.55 ERA, 0.98 WHIP) improved to 8-2 with Thursday's win over Minnesota.
John Lannan, SP6/13/2013 4:19:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter John Lannan (quad) will come off the disabled list and start Monday against Washington.
Insight: A strained left quad has kept Lannan on the DL since mid-April. The lefty should only be considered in NL-only leagues. Tyler Cloyd has been sent to the minors.
Carlos Ruiz, C6/13/2013 3:19:00 PM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C6/13/2013 3:19:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) took batting practice with the team before Wednesday's game and could go on a rehab assignment this weekend, according to philly.com.
Insight: Ruiz suffered a right hamstring strain on May 19. The Phillies are down to their third-string catcher with Erik Kratz out for 6-8 weeks following surgery to repair a left meniscus tear.
Tyler Cloyd, SP6/13/2013 9:41:00 AM
Description: Phillies riight-hander Tyler Cloyd has a 3.41 ERA after six starts, but his WHIP is 1.51.
Insight: The 26-year-old has allowed 37 hits and walked 15 batters with 18 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings. He should only be considered in NL-only leagues.
Erik Kratz, C6/12/2013 6:19:00 PM
Description: Phillies catcher Erik Kratz will be sidelined for the next 6-to-8 weeks after undergoing knee surgery on Wednesday. SOURCE: Matt Gelb, Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: The surgery was to repair a torn medial meniscus in his left knee. Kratz (.229, 8 HR, 22 RBI) suffered the injury on Saturday and was placed on the DL the next day.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/12/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard is a career .372 hitter (16-for-43) with three home runs against Minnesota starter Mike Pelfrey.
Insight: Howard's numbers are only slightly up from last season and he's only a shell of the once-feared hitter, but he does have a favorable matchup.
Cole Hamels, SP6/11/2013 10:43:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels didn't walk a batter, struck out five and allowed seven hits and two earned runs over six innings Tuesday against the Twins.
Insight: Hamels took a no decision and remained 2-9. The left-hander has a 2.08 ERA and a 16/1 K/BB in 13 innings over his last two starts.
Erik Kratz, C6/10/2013 8:29:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Erik Kratz needs surgery to fix a torn medial meniscus. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: Obviously, he won't be back in the lineup anytime soon. For now, the Phillies will roll with Humberto Quintero behind the plate.
Erik Kratz, C6/9/2013 10:32:00 AM
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.
Erik Kratz, C6/8/2013 11:23:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Erik Kratz hurt his knee Saturday versus the Brewers. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, Comcast Philadelphia
Insight: Kratz said he heard a "pop," which is never a good sign. If the injury ends up bering serious, Humberto Quintero (.241, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will be the Phillies' best option behind the plate.
Ryan Howard, 1B6/8/2013 4:27:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard won't be available for Saturday's game against the Brewers.
Insight: It's just a routine maintenance day for the power-hitting lefty. Kevin Frandsen is making his sixth start of the season at first base.
Mike Adams, RP6/8/2013 11:30:00 AM
Description: Phillies righthander Mike Adams is questionable for Saturday's game against Milwaukee with right biceps tendinitis.
Insight: That explains why he wasn't brought in on Friday night in a 4-4 game. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Chase Utley, 2B6/7/2013 7:28:00 PM
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."
Domonic Brown, LFHot6/5/2013 7:10:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown watched his hitting streak come to an end on Tuesday night. Don't worry, though. He started a new one Wednesday against Miami.
Insight: Brown's seventh inning homer was his 18th of the season. No hitter in the National League is hotter than Brown (.284, 18 HR, 44 RBI) right now.
Cole Hamels, SP6/5/2013 7:00:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia lefthander Cole Hamels snapped a six-game losing streak with a victory Wednesday against Miami.
Insight: Hamels (2-9, 4.56 ERA) allowed one run and four hits over seven innings. He also produced 11 strikeouts, which marks a season-high. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday in Minnesota.
John Mayberry, LF6/4/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. tied Tuesday's game against the Marlins in the 10th with a solo homer and then won it in the 11th with a walk-off grand slam.
Insight: Mayberry had two homers and nine RBI all season in 49 games prior to this one and doesn't even have an everyday job, so don't get too excited.
Carlos Ruiz, C6/4/2013 7:41:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) is targeting June 17 for a return to action, according to Philly.com.
Insight: Ruiz ran Monday and took swings in the cage Tuesday for the first time since he suffered a hamstring strain on May 19. He's expected to start a rehab assignment next week.
Carlos Ruiz, C6/4/2013 4:33:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) hopes to start a rehab assignment next week, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
Insight: Ruiz is trying to make it back before the end of Philadelphia's road trip that starts Thursday and goes to June 16.
Michael Young, 3B6/4/2013 2:53:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young is hitless in nine career at-bats versus Miami starter Ricky Nolasco, but is in the starting lineup, according to Phillies beat writer Ryan Lawrence.
Insight: Young returned from bereavement leave on Monday, but did not start. The career .300 hitter is in the midst of a 1-for-26 (.038) slump that has dropped his average from .296 to .258.
Michael Young, 3B6/4/2013 10:13:00 AM
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.
Domonic Brown, LFHot6/4/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown, who slammed another home run on Monday in a win against the Marlins, has a favorable matchup on Tuesday against Ricky Nolasco (6-for-12).
Insight: It's not like any sane fantasy owners would sit Brown down even if it were a poor matchup. He's batting .291 with 17 HR, 42 RBI and has nine homers in his last 10 games.
Kyle Kendrick, SPHot6/3/2013 10:13:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, LFHot6/3/2013 10:09:00 PM
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.
Jonathan Papelbon, RP6/3/2013 11:58:00 AM
Description: Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was unavailable on Sunday due to a stomach virus, but should be back closing on Monday.
Insight: Papelbon has pitched very well this season with 11 saves, a 1.31 ERA and 0.73 WHIP in 20 appearances.
Michael Young, 3B6/3/2013 11:38:00 AM
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young is expected to return from bereavement leave on Monday.
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.
Domonic Brown, LFHot6/2/2013 6:05:00 PM
Description: Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown provided three hits Sunday in a win against Milwaukee.
Insight: Brown is hitting .444 over his current seven-game hitting streak with seven homers and 13 RBI. Brown's season average has climbed from .257 to .282 during the streak.
Jimmy Rollins, SS6/1/2013 12:59:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup versus Milwaukee.
Insight: Despite two hits, including a home run, on Friday night, Rollins is just 4-for-19 (.211) over the past six games. Freddy Galvis (.224, 3 HR, 8 RBI) will get the start.
Domonic Brown, LFHot5/31/2013 10:31:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia left fielder Domonic Brown launched two more long balls Friday in a loss to Milwaukee.
Insight: Brown has seven homers in his last seven games. Over that span, his batting average has risen from .256 to .272. Brown leads all National League hitters with 15 homers this season.
Cesar Hernandez, 2B5/31/2013 3:40:00 PM
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.
Delmon Young, LFCold5/31/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia outfielder Delmon Young is hitless in seven at-bats versus Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Young hasn't done much since returning from injury, batting .222 this season with a .676 OPS. Facing Gallardo isn't likely to help.
Kyle Kendrick, SP5/30/2013 9:32:00 AM
Description: Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick held the Red Sox to two runs on four hits in six innings Wednesday night to win his fifth game of the year.
Insight: Kendrick is 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Since Aug. 14 last season, Kendrick has a 2.87 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 134 2/3 innings (21 starts).
Domonic Brown, RFHot5/29/2013 10:21:00 PM
Description: Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown slugged a pair of solo homers Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Insight: That makes four homers over the last three games and five over the last five. The former top prospect is batting .262 and suddenly has 13 jacks and 32 RBI on the year.
John Lannan, SP5/29/2013 7:48:00 PM
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.
Michael Young, 3B5/29/2013 3:30:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B5/29/2013 1:24:00 PM
Description: Bad news for Chase Utley owners as the Phillies second baseman will apparently miss three more weeks, according to manager Charlie Manuel.
Insight: Utley is dealing with a strained oblique. Freddy Galvis will serve as the starting second baseman, but he has little-to-no fantasy value.
Carlos Ruiz, C5/29/2013 1:20:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz (hamstring) did some brief work in the batting cage, but is still on the 3-to-4 weeks timetable for a mid-June return.
Insight: Erik Kratz (.231, 5 HR, 13 RBI) will continue to man the position while Ruiz is on the disabled list.
Michael Young, 3B5/29/2013 11:17:00 AM
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young is a career .355 hitter (33-for-93) against Boston veteran John Lackey.
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.
Michael Young, 3BCold5/28/2013 10:05:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young came into Tuesday's game against Boston 0-for-21 over his last five games. He only had one hit Tuesday, but it was a solo homer.
Insight: Young was batting .296 prior to this current cold streak, but his average is down to .258. Just 11 of his 46 hits went for extra bases, and he has 11 RBI in 51 games.
Domonic Brown, RF5/28/2013 10:02:00 PM
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.
Cliff Lee, SPHot5/28/2013 9:54:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B5/28/2013 9:50:00 AM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B5/26/2013 11:37:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard will get the day off Sunday against Washington.
Insight: He's been battling a knee injury on and off for the past couple of weeks. Until he's 100 percent, Howard (.256, 6 HR, 25 RBI) is probably going to get more days off than he normally would.
Mike Adams, RP5/26/2013 11:14:00 AM
Description: Phillies righthander Mike Adams has been activated from the DL.
Insight: He missed two weeks with a strained back. Adams (1-3, 3.00 ERA) is a reliable setup man but not really a fantasy option unless you play in a league where holds count for points.
Chase Utley, 2B5/23/2013 8:16:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a mild oblique strain, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Insight: Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said he hopes Utley will be ready to return when he is eligible in 15 days. Freddy Galvis will serve as the starting second baseman, but he has no fantasy value.
Cliff Lee, SP5/22/2013 10:04:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia lefthander Cliff Lee threw a complete game shutout Wednesday against Miami.
Insight: Lee limited the Marlins to just three hits, which were all singles. He walked two and struck out five. Lee's 2.48 ERA is the ninth-lowest in the National League this season.
Roy Halladay, SP5/22/2013 9:53:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Roy Halladay's best-case scenario is a late-August return to the rotation, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Halladay, who had shoulder surgery last week, reported to Clearwater, Fla. Monday to to begin a rehab program. Everything will have to go well for Halladay to return this season.
Cesar Hernandez, 2B5/22/2013 2:52:00 PM
Description: If Phillies second baseman Chase Utley's ribs put him on the sidelines, the organization has a young second baseman at Lehigh Valley who could add speed to the lineup in Cesar Hernandez.
Insight: Hernandez is batting .320 with an .842 OPS and 12 stolen bases for the Iron Pigs. He batted .313 in 16 spring training at-bats with the Phillies.
Chase Utley, 2B5/22/2013 1:17:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, who was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to discomfort in his right side, will have an MRI to the area on Thursday.
Insight: Utley has started 42 of Philadelphia's 45 games this season and is hitting .272 with seven homers and 25 RBI. Rib injuries take time to heal so be prepared for a trip to the disabled list.
Ben Revere, CF5/21/2013 10:21:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B5/21/2013 10:19:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B5/21/2013 6:55:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley was a late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to discomfort in his right side, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com.
Insight: Utley has started 42 of Philadelphia's 45 games this season and is hitting .272 with seven homers and 25 RBI. He'll be evaluated Wednesday.
Tyler Cloyd, SP5/21/2013 4:34:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1BCold5/21/2013 4:15:00 PM
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.
John Lannan, SP5/21/2013 3:50:00 PM
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.
Jason Pridie, LF5/21/2013 11:33:00 AM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C5/20/2013 8:09:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz will be sidelined for the next 3-to-4 weeks because of a strained hamstring. SOURCE: Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News
Insight: Erik Kratz (.202, 3 HR, 9 RBI) should see most of the action behind the plate while Ruiz is on the disabled list.
Mike Adams, RP5/20/2013 8:03:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia reliever Mike Adams has been placed on the 15-day DL.
Insight: Adams has been battling a strained back. He's 1-3 this season with a 3.00 ERA in 17 relief appearances.
Ryan Howard, 1B5/20/2013 7:43:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard was given a cortisone shot in his left knee on Sunday. SOURCE: Todd Zolecki, MLB.com
Insight: Michael Young started in Howard's place Monday against Miami. We should know more about Howard's status after his MRI results come back.
Carlos Ruiz, C5/20/2013 12:22:00 PM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz strained his right hamstring while running the bases Sunday and will undergo an MRI on Monday.
Insight: Ruiz had a nine-game hitting streak snapped by the injury. He's hitting .235 in 51 at-bats this season, but is likely to be headed to the disabled list.
Ryan Howard, 1B5/20/2013 12:20:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is doubtful for Monday's game against Miami with left knee soreness.
Insight: Howard will have an MRI on Monday to see if the problem is serious. He has just four hits in his last 29 at-bats and his season-long .713 OPS isn't of much value to fantasy owners.
Carlos Ruiz, C5/19/2013 3:08:00 PM
Description: Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz strained his right hamstring while running the bases Sunday.
Insight: Ruiz had a nine-game hitting streak snapped by the injury. He's hitting .235 in 51 at-bats this season.
Chase Utley, 2B5/18/2013 10:25:00 AM
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.
Roy Halladay, SP5/16/2013 1:37:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1BCold5/15/2013 7:17:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is 2-for-26 (.077) over his last seven games.
Insight: Howard has 12 K during that stretch and 45 K in 143 at-bats on the year.
Cole Hamels, SP5/15/2013 7:15:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Cole Hamels went just five innings and allowed five runs on six hits (2 HR) Wednesday against the Indians.
Insight: Hamels is now 1-6 with a 4.61 ERA. His K/9 is down and his BB/9 and HR/9 are way up from 2012.
Jonathan Pettibone, SP5/14/2013 10:22:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B5/14/2013 3:25:00 PM
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.
Mike Adams, RP5/13/2013 10:52:00 AM
Description: Phillies setup man, Mike Adams is not expected to be available for Tuesday's game against Cleveland due to back spasms.
Insight: Adams hasn't pitched since Friday when he gave up a walk and a hit in Arizona. The team doesn't expect to have to put him on the disabled list, but he is likely to need a few more days off.
Chase Utley, 2B5/12/2013 7:50:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley went off for four hits Sunday against Arizona.
Insight: Utley (.289) is on pace for 29 homers and 100 RBI this season. He hasn't reached 20 HR and 100 RBI in the same season since 2008 (33 HR, 104 RBI).
Ryan Howard, 1B5/10/2013 10:41:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is hitless in nine at-bats against Arizona starter Ian Kennedy with three strikeouts.
Insight: Howard is hitting at a .270 clip with six home runs and 20 RBI, his highest average in a number of seasons, but he has trouble with Kennedy and you should sit him for this game.
Roy Halladay, SP5/8/2013 2:36:00 PM
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.
John Mayberry, LF5/8/2013 1:38:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, RF5/8/2013 1:36:00 PM
Description: Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown is not in Wednesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Brown has three home runs in his last six games, but will yield the start to John Mayberry Jr. who "owns" Giants starter Barry Zito (lifetime he's 4-for-6 with three home runs).
Ryan Howard, 1B5/8/2013 1:35:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B5/8/2013 10:35:00 AM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B5/8/2013 10:31:00 AM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B5/7/2013 10:19:00 AM
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.
Roy Halladay, SPCold5/6/2013 8:26:00 PM
Description: The Phillies have placed starter Roy Halladay on the DL.
Insight: He's dealing with some type of shoulder injury. The struggling veteran can be dropped from all fantasy rosters.
Roy Halladay, SPCold5/6/2013 9:35:00 AM
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.
Roy Halladay, SPCold5/5/2013 8:01:00 PM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP5/4/2013 10:33:00 PM
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.
Michael Young, 3B5/4/2013 3:45:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young is not in Saturday's starting lineup against Miami.
Insight: Young is batting a stellar .333, but without much power. His .814 OPS includes just one home run and five extra base hits.
Cole Hamels, SP5/4/2013 12:26:00 PM
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.
Ben Revere, CFCold5/3/2013 3:07:00 PM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C5/3/2013 9:59:00 AM
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.
Kyle Kendrick, SPHot5/2/2013 10:02:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, RFHot5/2/2013 9:59:00 PM
Description: Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Thursday against the Marlins.
Insight: After a slow start (13-for-63 in his first 20 games), Brown is 12-for-31 (.387) with two homers and seven RBI over his last eight contests. He has four blasts on the year.
Jimmy Rollins, SSCold5/2/2013 9:57:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins is 0-for-10 over his last three games and has just one homer and three steals this season.
Insight: Rollins' .250 batting average last season was tolerable because he hit 23 homers, stole 30 bases and scored 102 runs. In 2013, he's batting .243 with none of those tasty numbers.
Ben Revere, CFCold5/2/2013 4:22:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere will miss Thursday's game with a swollen ring finger on his right hand. SOURCE: Jim Salisbury, CSNPhilly.com
Insight: Revere jammed his finger diving into second base Wednesday night. He's only hitting .204 this season and has just one extra-base hit.
Roy Halladay, SP4/30/2013 10:21:00 PM
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.
Delmon Young, LF4/30/2013 2:05:00 PM
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.
Ben Revere, CFCold4/30/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia center fielder Ben Revere is questionable for Tuesday's game against Cleveland. He's been battling a quad injury.
Insight: No loss for fantasy owners. 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.
Ryan Howard, 1BHot4/28/2013 8:05:00 PM
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.
Cole Hamels, SP4/28/2013 5:09:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/28/2013 11:38:00 AM
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.
Mike Adams, RP4/28/2013 10:38:00 AM
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).
Ryan Howard, 1B4/28/2013 10:02:00 AM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C4/28/2013 10:01:00 AM
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.
John Mayberry, LF4/28/2013 9:58:00 AM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1BHot4/27/2013 10:12:00 AM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is 4-for-8 against the Mets scheduled starter Shaun Marcum with three homers, seven RBI and a 2.261 OPS.
Insight: Howard is batting a much-improved .282 this season and is on an eight-game hitting streak after homering on Friday night. He's a must start in this favorable matchup.
Kyle Kendrick, SPHot4/26/2013 9:55:00 PM
Description: Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick surrendered three hits over nine shutout innings Friday against the Mets.
Insight: Kendrick trimmed his ERA from 3.28 to 2.41 in the process. The 28-year-old is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA over his last four starts. He's recorded 21 strikeouts with just six walks over that span.
Ben Revere, CFCold4/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
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.
Ben Revere, LFCold4/26/2013 1:40:00 PM
Description: Phillies center fielder Ben Revere was not in Thursday's lineup and is questionable for Friday's game against the New York Mets with a sore quad.
Insight: Revere is offering little to fantasy owners except stolen bases. He's batting just .207 with an ugly .472 OPS and no longer bats at the top of the Phillies lineup.
Jimmy Rollins, SS4/26/2013 12:16:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins has a career .636 batting average versus Mets starter Dillon Gee, though six of seven hits have been singles.
Insight: Rollins has been scuffling of late and his average is down to .258 after going 2-for-12 in the final three games of the Pirates' series.
Michael Young, 3B4/26/2013 12:15:00 PM
Description: Phillies third baseman Michael Young is 4-for-5 with two home runs against Mets right-hander Dillon Gee.
Insight: Obviously an extremely small sample size, but just as obviously he sees the ball well out of Gee's hand. Add in a .312 batting average and you have a recipe for success.
Ben Revere, LFCold4/25/2013 12:38:00 PM
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.
Roy Halladay, SPHot4/24/2013 10:22:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B4/24/2013 10:14:00 PM
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.
Jonathan Pettibone, SP4/24/2013 8:10:00 PM
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.
Roy Halladay, SPHot4/24/2013 11:40:00 AM
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.
Carlos Ruiz, C4/23/2013 5:19:00 PM
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.
Chase Utley, 2B4/23/2013 5:08:00 PM
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.
Jonathan Pettibone, SP4/22/2013 1:12:00 PM
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.
Delmon Young, LF4/22/2013 12:08:00 PM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/22/2013 10:30:00 AM
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.
Michael Young, 3B4/21/2013 10:56:00 AM
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.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/20/2013 4:40:00 PM
Description: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (groin) is out of the lineup again Saturday versus St. Louis.
Insight: Howard also missed Friday's game. However, the injury isn't considered serious and Howard should be available to pinch hit, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Roy Halladay, SPHot4/19/2013 10:22:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, RF4/19/2013 5:56:00 PM
Description: Right fielder Domonic Brown won't be in action Friday when the Phillies host St. Louis.
Insight: Brown, still ailing from a back injury, was limited to pinch-hitting duty Thursday against the Reds. It wouldn't be surprising to see him used in that capacity again on Friday.
Ryan Howard, 1B4/19/2013 3:25:00 PM
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.
Domonic Brown, RF4/19/2013 11:43:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia outfielder Domonic Brown left Wednesday's game with a mid-back injury and is questionable for Friday's game against St. Louis.
Insight: Brown pinch hit on Thursday so it can't be too bad an injury. After a hot spring, Brown has done little in the regular season batting .226 with a .626 OPS.
Jimmy Rollins, SSCold4/19/2013 10:54:00 AM
Description: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins is just a .071 hitter (1-for-14) against Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia.
Insight: After a fast start, Rollins is two for his last 23 at-bats and this matchup isn't going to help the situation. Sit Rollins.


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