Be right back? Tightness could shelve Giles

Reliever's injury not considered serious, but Phillies may decide to play it safe

Be right back? Tightness could shelve Giles

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies reliever Ken Giles said Wednesday morning that a doctor examined his back and told him the tightness he experienced there Tuesday is not serious.

But Giles could not say if he will be pitching again anytime soon.

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Danks, Sizemore last men standing for Phils' right-field job

Club reassigns Bogusevic to Minor League camp to further shape outfield

Danks, Sizemore last men standing for Phils' right-field job

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies cleared up their outfield situation Wednesday morning.

They announced they had reassigned Brian Bogusevic to Minor League camp. Domonic Brown will open the season on the 15-day disabled list with left Achilles tendinitis, which leaves Jordan Danks and Grady Sizemore as the top two candidates to be the team's Opening Day right fielder.

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Phillies outright Aumont after right-hander clears waivers

M. Gonzalez also outrighted; Bogusevic reassigned to Minor League camp

Phillies outright Aumont after right-hander clears waivers

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillippe Aumont quietly packed up the things in his locker Wednesday morning at Bright House Field.

He could have been packing for a trip to another organization, but he was not. Aumont entered Spring Training out of options, which meant if he did not make the Opening Day roster, he needed to clear waivers to remain with the Phillies. As no team claimed Aumont, the Phillies announced he had been outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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Gillick sees Phillies rebuild on schedule

GM sat down with MLB.com for Q&A, touches on key issues

Gillick sees Phillies rebuild on schedule

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies president Pat Gillick has been on the job since August, and in that time the organization has made a seismic shift philosophically and the team is rebuilding. Gillick recently spoke with MLB.com about the rebuilding process and more. Here are some highlights:

Question: From what you've seen this spring, is the rebuild further away than you anticipated, closer or still in that 2017-18 window?

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Herrera, Sizemore spark Phillies offense in loss

Duo combined for three runs and three RBIs

Herrera, Sizemore spark Phillies offense in loss

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson each homered as the Blue Jays defeated the Phillies, 10-6, in their final home game of the spring at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

The heart of Toronto's order combined for three home runs, four runs scored, four RBIs and four walks in one of their final tuneups for the regular season. The Blue Jays will wrap up their Florida schedule on Wednesday before heading to Montreal for a two-game exhibition series against the Reds.

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O'Sullivan back in mix as potential fifth starter

Right-hander was sent to Minor League camp a couple weeks ago before getting the nod Tuesday

O'Sullivan back in mix as potential fifth starter

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Phillies right-hander Sean O'Sullivan tried to make the best of a short-notice start Tuesday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium which the Phillies lost to the Blue Jays by a score of 10-6.

He said his wife read online Monday that he had been scheduled to start Tuesday's Grapefruit League game, but nobody from the Phillies told him until Tuesday morning, about 24 hours after it had been announced in big league camp. O'Sullivan, who is the in-house favorite to be the team's No. 5 starter, allowed five hits, four runs, four walks and two home runs with two strikeouts in four-plus innings.

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Phillies have options to replace Brown

Right fielder sidelined with left Achilles inflammation

Phillies have options to replace Brown

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies have been trying for years to replace Jayson Werth in right field.

They have started Hunter Pence, Marlon Byrd, John Mayberry Jr., Domonic Brown, Delmon Young, Ben Francisco and 11 others in right field since Werth signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals in Dec. 2010. But with the Phillies announcing Tuesday that Brown will open the 2015 season on the 15-day disabled list with left Achilles inflammation -- his DL stint can be backdated to March 27, which means he could be activated as early as April 11 -- that list could grow to 18 by Opening Day.

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Phils release Slowey, expect Billingsley in rotation

Phils release Slowey, expect Billingsley in rotation

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies are pretty optimistic Chad Billingsley not only will join their rotation before the end of April, but that he will be effective once he is.

It explains why they released Kevin Slowey on Tuesday, and non-roster invitee Sean O'Sullivan's front runner status to be the No. 5 starter, which the Phillies will not need until April 12. Billingsley is recovering from a pair of right elbow surgeries, but he pitched in a Minor League Spring Training game Thursday.

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Giles leaves game early with back tightness

Giles leaves game early with back tightness

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Phillies cannot afford to lose Ken Giles to a serious injury.

But Giles left the eighth inning of Tuesday's 10-6 loss to the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium with what he described as tightness in the middle of his back. Giles said he is not worried about it and fully expects to be ready to pitch Opening Day, if needed. But the Phillies hardly want Giles to risk something worse, so his availability Monday against the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park is far from certain.

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Galvis notches first spring homer as Phillies struggle vs. Bucs

Shortstop hits two-run shot as Pirates launch six of their own home runs

Galvis notches first spring homer as Phillies struggle vs. Bucs

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Starling Marte, Tony Sanchez, Pedro Florimon and Pedro Alvarez hit two-run homers, Josh Harrison added a solo job and Alvarez capped the homers with a grand slam Monday as the Pirates downed the Phillies, 18-4, in the Bucs' final Grapefruit League home game, which was marred by a benches-clearing fracas.

A punches-free altercation was sparked by Sean Rodriguez's displeasure at being quick-pitched by Phillies right-hander Kevin Slowey in the fourth inning. Coaches Juan Samuel of the Phillies and Rick Sofield of the Pirates were ejected during the disturbance. Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle drew a later thumb from plate umpire Chad Fairchild for arguing balls and strikes.

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Prospect Eflin's start part of Phils' focus on future

Righty allows two homers in outing vs. Bucs, hopes to learn from it

Prospect Eflin's start part of Phils' focus on future

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Phillies have highlighted three of their better pitching prospects in the past week with Aaron Nola, Severino Gonzalez and Zach Eflin each getting a start.

Eflin started Monday's 18-4 loss to the Pirates at McKechnie Field, allowing three hits, four runs (one earned), one walk and two home runs with two strikeouts in three innings. The Phillies acquired Eflin in December in the Jimmy Rollins trade.

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Sandberg calls loss to Pirates 'unacceptable'

Phillies fall 18-4 to Bucs as regular season approaches

Sandberg calls loss to Pirates 'unacceptable'

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Ryne Sandberg's emotions are difficult to read, but he seemed relatively upset Monday afternoon at McKechnie Field.

The Phillies lost to the Pirates in ugly fashion, 18-4. But the last week is cause for greater concern. The Phillies are 0-5-1 since a victory Tuesday against the Braves. They have been outscored 50-11 in that stretch.

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Benches clear, two ejected in Phils-Bucs game

Benches clear, two ejected in Phils-Bucs game

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Pirates left fielder Sean Rodriguez challenged Kevin Slowey to a fight Monday at McKechine Field.

It never got that far.

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Phillies looking outside for rotation help

Pitchers likely to come from minor trade or waivers

Phillies looking outside for rotation help

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Phillies have made their starting pitching schedule top secret this spring, but they announced Sean O'Sullivan will pitch Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

It is noteworthy because O'Sullivan is the favorite to be the team's No. 5 starter, which they will need April 12. The Phillies reassigned O'Sullivan to Minor League camp earlier this month, but he has been getting stretched out.

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Amaro weighs in on Opening Day roster decisions

Balancing Spring Training performance with regular season numbers important in final stages

Amaro weighs in on Opening Day roster decisions

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies have about four or five decisions to make before they finalize the Opening Day roster.

One important decision has been made. Rule 5 Draft pick Odubel Herrera not only has made the team, but he will also be the Opening Day center fielder.

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Phillies' offense seeking big improvement in '15

Team scored fourth-fewest runs in non-strike shortened season since 1972

Phillies' offense seeking big improvement in '15

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. offered a blunt assessment about his offense a couple weeks ago.

"We're not going to score a lot of runs," Amaro said.

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Phils' Gonzalez deal might not pan out

General manager Amaro thinks risks are sometimes necessary

Phils' Gonzalez deal might not pan out

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Phillies thought so highly of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez in the summer of 2013 that they offered him a six-year, $48 million contract.

They fully expected him to jump into the 2014 rotation behind Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.

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Hamels named Phillies' Opening Day starter

Harang to follow left-hander in rotation

Hamels named Phillies' Opening Day starter

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg smirked Thursday when asked about his Opening Day starter.

"It's a secret," he said.

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New to broadcast, Davis says '15 Phillies need balance

Former catcher discusses new job, impression of team

New to broadcast, Davis says '15 Phillies need balance

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Comcast SportsNet finally found a replacement for Jamie Moyer when it announced in February that Ben Davis will join Tom McCarthy, Matt Stairs and Mike Schmidt in the Phillies' broadcast booth this season.

Davis knows the Phillies and baseball. He grew up in the area, attending Malvern Prep. The Padres selected him with the second overall pick in the 1995 First-Year Player Draft before he played in the big leagues seven seasons. He spent the past four years working on Comcast's Phillies pregame and postgame shows.

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Herrera to start in center field, Revere in left on Opening Day

Herrera to start in center field, Revere in left on Opening Day

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg telegraphed his thought process March 21, when he first played Ben Revere in left field and Odubel Herrera in center field.

He confirmed Sunday that he plans to use Revere and Herrera in those spots on Opening Day.

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Utley homers twice in tie with Tigers

Canzler also goes deep; Harang strikes out five over 5 1/3 innings

Utley homers twice in tie with Tigers

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Tigers finally jumped on Phillies right-hander Aaron Harang on Sunday at Bright House.

Harang threw three hitless innings before Tigers right fielder Tyler Collins hit a solo home run and Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run home run in a 4-4 tie with the Phillies.

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Revere breaks promise with leaping catch to rob Davis

Left fielder steals home run in Sunday's Grapefruit League game

Revere breaks promise with leaping catch to rob Davis

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis asked Phillies left fielder Ben Revere for a favor before Sunday afternoon's Grapefruit League game at Bright House Field.

"Take it easy," he said. "I need some hits."

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Asche close to returning with an eye on Opening Day

Third baseman recovering from back tightness; Brown's return uncertain

Asche close to returning with an eye on Opening Day

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies are down two starters this week because of injuries, but at least one of them is close to a return.

Phillies third baseman Cody Asche went 2-for-4 with a double in a Minor League game Sunday afternoon at Carpenter Complex. The Phillies scratched him from Thursday's lineup because of tightness in the middle of his back.

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Gonzalez optioned to Triple-A after tough spring

Right-hander struggled with 7.53 ERA in five Grapefruit League appearances

Gonzalez optioned to Triple-A after tough spring

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- So far Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has not come close to the hype.

The Phillies announced Sunday they had optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, which was not a surprise. Gonzalez entered Spring Training with a chance to make the Phillies rotation and his chances improved dramatically with Cliff Lee almost certainly lost for the season with an injured left elbow.

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Williams shakes off struggles, eyes final spring tuneup

Right-hander slated to be Phillies' No. 3 starter

Williams shakes off struggles, eyes final spring tuneup

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Well-traveled veteran right-hander Jerome Williams, projected to be the Phillies' No. 3 starter, shrugged off Saturday's tough outing in which he gave up six runs (four earned) on nine hits in four innings of a somewhat sloppy 7-1 loss to the Twins.

Williams insisted after the game, "I think I'll be fine. Everything is fine.

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Sandberg concerned about lack of offense

Phillies hitting .231 as a team during Spring Training

Sandberg concerned about lack of offense

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Phillies settled for one run on five hits Saturday, as they fell to the Twins, 7-1. And with Opening Day now a little more than a week away, manager Ryne Sandberg is admittedly concerned.

"This is the time of the spring when you want the guys to be finding their strokes," Sandberg said as the Phillies' team batting average droped to .231. "Overall, this is the time of spring when you want to see more fine-tuned at-bats."

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Williams struggles in Grapefruit loss to Twins

Right-hander allows four earned runs on nine hits over four-plus innings

Williams struggles in Grapefruit loss to Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Ervin Santana tossed six strong innings and Joe Mauer crushed a two-run homer to help lead the Twins to a 7-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday at Hammond Stadium.

Santana, making his fourth Grapefruit League start, gave up just one run on five hits while striking out two. The lone run he allowed came in the third inning on an RBI single from Odubel Herrera to score Cesar Hernandez, who led off the inning with a double.

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