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How roster pans out with Marsh briefly sidelined

@ToddZolecki
February 9, 2024

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies left fielder Brandon Marsh experienced pain and swelling in his left knee early this week, so he flew to Philadelphia to have a team physician take a look. The team announced on Friday morning that Marsh had “successful” arthroscopic debridement surgery. He is expected to return to

Harper (mid-back spasms) remains day to day after early exit

@ToddZolecki
August 11, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper’s back has improved since he felt “mid-back spasms” in the first inning of the Phillies' 6-2 win over the Nationals on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park, but not enough to play Friday against the Twins. Harper remains day to day. “We’ll see how I feel

Phils top prospect Painter to miss 2024 with TJ surgery 

@ToddZolecki
July 19, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- It was a year ago when Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said he would not trade his top pitching prospects, most notably Andrew Painter, because he believed they could contribute to the 2023 rotation. But Painter’s ascension has been shelved until 2025 at the earliest. He

Alvarado lands on IL for second time this season

@ToddZolecki
July 9, 2023

MIAMI – José Alvarado is one of the Phillies’ most indispensable pitchers, which makes his second trip to the injured list in two months because of inflammation in his left elbow even more of a concern. The Phillies placed Alvarado on the 15-day IL on Sunday with the same injury

Testing shows Painter (right elbow) won't need surgery after setback

@ToddZolecki
July 8, 2023

MIAMI -- Maybe Andrew Painter pitches for the Phillies this season, after all. The Phillies feared the worst when they sent him for an MRI arthrogram this week. Painter recently experienced soreness in the UCL in his right elbow, which has kept him from pitching in a game since March

Phils place Alvarado (elbow) on IL, reinstate Bellatti

@hellapalattella and @feinsand
May 10, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies’ bullpen was dealt a big blow Wednesday, as José Alvarado was placed on the 15-day injured list with left elbow inflammation. The stint is retroactive to Monday. In a corresponding move, the team recalled right-handed reliever Andrew Bellatti. Alvarado felt tightness in his wrist prior to

Phils' new lineup with Harper's return

@ToddZolecki
May 3, 2023

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Harper activated, batting 3rd for '23 debut tonight in LA

@ToddZolecki
May 2, 2023

LOS ANGELES -- Bryce Harper sought motivation as he scanned the Phillies' schedule a few months ago. He came upon May 1-3, Phillies vs. Dodgers, Dodger Stadium. He circled it. It became his target to return from Tommy John surgery he underwent on Nov. 23. The Phillies issued a statement

Hoskins determined to 'beat whatever the doctor says'

@paul_casellaMLB
April 10, 2023

PHILADELPHIA -- The 2023 season was always going to be one of uncertainty for Rhys Hoskins -- and that was true even before he sustained a torn left ACL in the final week of Spring Training. But he wasn't worried about playing on an expiring contract. “It’s exciting because of

Dombrowski addresses Phils' post-Hoskins plan; Hall likely to assume 1B

March 24, 2023

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- After the probable season-ending injury to Rhys Hoskins on Thursday, Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said on Friday morning that the club is preparing for Darick Hall to become the everyday first baseman as the regular season draws closer. Dombrowski said that Hoskins, who suffered

Hoskins diagnosed with left ACL tear, will need surgery

@ToddZolecki
March 23, 2023

Rhys Hoskins’ 2023 season likely ended in heartbreaking fashion on Thursday, when he tore the ACL in his left knee in the Phillies’ 4-1 win over the Tigers at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater, Fla. The Phillies said in a statement that “the recommended surgery is an ACL reconstruction.” They will

Harper 'trying to leave that door open' for early return

Phillies star: 'This is the best I've felt coming into camp in my whole career'
@ToddZolecki
March 22, 2023

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Bryce Harper sees no harm in keeping his options open. Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said this week that Harper will not open the season on the 60-day injured list because the possibility exists that he will be back before the end of May. Dombrowski

Andrew Painter (UCL sprain) to rest for 4 weeks

@ToddZolecki
March 10, 2023

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Andrew Painter does not need surgery. He needs rest. The Phillies announced Friday morning that Painter, who is MLB’s No. 6 prospect, has a sprained right proximal ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which he suffered after making his Grapefruit League debut on March 1 against

Harper hits camp: 'I've got a long way to go'

@ToddZolecki
March 9, 2023

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Bryce Harper is back with the Phillies, and he said Thursday he feels good following Tommy John surgery in November. Harper is not ready, however, to give a timeline on when he might rejoin the Phillies’ lineup. The team said in November that Harper could be back

Painter getting tests after elbow tenderness

@paul_casellaMLB
March 4, 2023

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies top prospect Andrew Painter was sent for tests on his right elbow after feeling some discomfort when he reported to camp on Thursday, one day after his impressive spring debut. "Andrew Painter came in with a little tender elbow yesterday," manager Rob Thomson said following Friday

Bryce has elbow surgery, should return as DH by All-Star break

@ToddZolecki
November 23, 2022

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper not only could begin hitting in as little as four months, but he could also rejoin the Phillies’ lineup in the first half of the 2023 season. Harper had Tommy John surgery to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow on Wednesday morning in Los

Castellanos, Phils agree no rehab assignment is best course

@paul_casellaMLB
September 24, 2022

PHILADELPHIA -- Nick Castellanos will not go on a rehab assignment before rejoining the Phillies, which the club is hoping will happen sometime during next week’s series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Interim manager Rob Thomson had previously mentioned it was possible that Castellanos could decline a rehab assignment,

'Dodged a bullet': Hoskins (hand) day to day

@ToddZolecki
September 15, 2022

MIAMI -- If you know Rhys Hoskins' recent September history, then you understand the thought that entered his mind in the third inning Wednesday night at loanDepot park. “My first thought was, 'Come on, right now?'” Hoskins said on Thursday afternoon. Hoskins got hit in the right hand with an

After crisp bullpen, Wheeler closer to return

@ToddZolecki
September 14, 2022

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Wheeler (forearm tendinitis) on IL stint: 'Right time to do it'

Phillies right-hander expects to return when first eligible on Sept. 6
@ToddZolecki
August 26, 2022

PHILADELPHIA -- Zack Wheeler expressed minimal concern about the tendinitis in his right forearm that landed him on the 15-day injured list on Thursday. Speaking to reporters prior to Friday's series opener against the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park -- a game he was expected to start until the IL

Harper hits walk-off in rehab night after 2-homer game

@ToddZolecki
August 25, 2022

PHILADELPHIA -- Bryce Harper is making a late-season run at International League MVP. The Phillies slugger went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs -- including a walk-off double -- in his second rehab game with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. He is

Harper launches two dingers in first rehab outing

@dylanksvoboda
August 23, 2022

For the first time since he was a 19-year-old kid awaiting his big league debut, Bryce Harper took at-bats during a Triple-A game on Tuesday. Ten years have passed since his teenage days. Harper has won two MVP Awards and turned into the premier baseball superstar that everyone anticipated during

As Harper nears rehab assignment, Phils lose two huge pieces

@ToddZolecki
August 21, 2022

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies cannot wait to get Bryce Harper back in the lineup. They need his bat. The more offense, the better, especially with Sunday’s news that right-hander Seranthony Domínguez has been placed on the 15-day injured list with tendinitis in his right triceps, and right-hander Corey Knebel will

Examining Phils' outfield options as injuries pile up

@ToddZolecki
August 17, 2022

CINCINNATI -- The Phillies are considering their options in the outfield if Brandon Marsh is placed on the 10-day injured list, which is very likely. They don’t have many. “We are a little thin,” Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday morning at Great American Ball Park. “We