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Rollins Era Officially Ends

Jimmy RollinsThe Jimmy Rollins era in Philadelphia has officially ended.

The Phillies announced this morning they have traded the greatest shortstop in franchise history and cash to the Dodgers for Minor League pitchers Zach Eflin and Tom Windle. The deal ends a 15-year run for Rollins from 2000-14 that included one World Series championship, two National League pennants, five NL East titles, one NL MVP, three NL All-Star appearances, four Gold Gloves, one Silver Slugger Award, memorable predictions and proclamations, a 38-game hitting streak and a franchise record 2,306 hits.

“Jimmy is both an iconic player and person whom I have had the great joy of watching grow up in this game and this city,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement. “His contributions to the franchise and to Philadelphia are unparalleled and I wish him the best in Los Angeles. This transaction is one that I believe benefits both Jimmy and the Phillies.”

“The Dodgers are very lucky to acquire a player like Jimmy,” Chase Utley said in a statement. “I’ve said it time and time again that Jimmy makes everyone around him better. The team will miss his leadership on the field and his infectious smile, but most of all, I will miss our pre-game handshake.”

Everybody knew last week Rollins’ time had come to an end as the Phillies rebuild for the future. The Phillies and Dodgers agreed to the deal at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, but the Dodgers first needed to acquire Eflin from the Padres. The Dodgers agreed to send Matt Kemp and $32 million to San Diego for Eflin and others, with the Dodgers flipping Eflin to the Phillies.

But the Padres had concerns this week about Kemp’s physical, which delayed the announcement.

That said, the Phillies-Dodgers trade was never in jeopardy. The Phillies wanted Eflin, but a source said the Phillies would have settled on another player if the Kemp trade fizzled.

Rollins waived his 10-and-5 rights to leave the Phillies, who have said publicly they do not expect to contend again until 2017 at the earliest.

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Struggling Bench Shuffled Again

Freddy GalvisThe Phillies shuffled their struggling bench once more today.

They announced they had outrighted utility infielder Jayson Nix from the 40-man roster. It follows Thursday’s move, when they optioned utility infielder Freddy Galvis to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Galvis fractured his left clavicle yesterday in a game with the IronPigs. He is expected to miss several weeks, although the club said his recovery timetable has not been determined.

The Phillies said a move to replace Nix on the 25-man roster will be made before Tuesday’s game against the Angels at Citizens Bank Park. First baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf could be a possibility. He continued his rehab assignment Monday with Lehigh Valley. Double-A Reading infielder Cesar Hernandez also is an option.

It seems less likely Triple-A third baseman Maikel Franco is a serious consideration because the Phillies view him more than a bench player and limited at-bats in the big leagues could curtail his development. He just started to swing the bat well after a terribly slow start.

Reid Brignac, who replaced Galvis on the roster Friday, currently is the only utility infielder on the big-league roster.

Neither Galvis or Nix produced offensively, which is a theme for the Phillies bench. Nix, who can elect to become a free agent, hit .154 with one home run, two RBIs and a .445 OPS in 43 plate appearances. Galvis, who opened the season on the 15-day disabled list following a MRSA infection in his left knee in Spring Training, hit just .048 with a .156 OPS in 46 plate appearances.

Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. is hitting .138 with a .562 OPS in 35 plate appearances, and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. is hitting .189 with a .521 OPS in 63 plate appearances.

Gwynn, Mayberry, Galvis and Nix hit a combined .135 (22-for-163) with three doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs.

Galvis Optioned

Freddy GalvisThe Phillies optioned Freddy Galvis to Triple-A Lehigh Valley following tonight’s 12-6 loss to the Blue Jays.

They said they will make a corresponding move before tomorrow night’s game against the Mets at Citi Field. Triple-A infielder Reid Brignac is a possibility. He is hitting .284 with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 30 games. He hit two homers today.

Galvis’ demotion did not come as a surprise. He went 0-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout. He is hitting .048 (2-for-42) with one RBI, three walks and 12 strikeouts in 16 games.

“He needs to go, play, get at-bats and gather himself a little bit,” Ryne Sandberg said. “He might have been rushed up here a little bit, with not having Spring Training.”

Galvis missed some time in March when he suffered a MRSA infection in his left knee.

“I missed a lot of games,” Galvis said. “I missed a lot of at-bats. That’s why I’m going down, you know? To get my at-bats, try to get my approach and try to swing the bat better. I don’t feel sad. I don’t feel bad or nothing. I’m just going to go there and work on my hitting. That’s it.”

Big Series In May? Big Series In May

Jayson WerthIt has felt a little like the All-Star break this week with just one game since Sunday, but the Phillies open a three-game series tonight against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

Can the first series in May be a big one?

I think so because it represents a good test following a 6-4 road trip on the West Coast and an ugly loss Tuesday to the Mets. The Phillies must get on a roll at some point. At some point they need to push past the .500 mark and put it behind them. At some point they need a winning record to back up their beliefs they are postseason contender.

The Phillies have their three best pitchers on the mound to try to make it happen: Cliff Lee tonight, A.J. Burnett tomorrow night and Cole Hamels on Sunday. That is no accident. The Phillies could have kept Kyle Kendrick‘s turn in the rotation, but they pushed him to Monday against the Blue Jays. Kendrick does not have good career numbers against the Nationals (5-8 with a 4.85 ERA in 24 appearances), which could be why they bumped him. But the reality is the Phillies wanted their best to face Washington.

The Nationals are a better team than the Phillies, if you look at nearly every statistical category. They are third in the National League in runs per game (4.50). The Phillies are sixth (4.12). The Nationals have a better on-base percentage (.328 to .315), slugging percentage (.415 to .376) and OPS (.743 to .690). Their rotation has a better ERA (3.74 to 4.06) and their bullpen has a significantly better ERA (2.14 to 4.84). The only edge the Phillies can say they have is defensively. The Nationals have been sloppy in the field. They are tied for third in baseball with 26 errors, while the Phillies are 25th with 14. And while I understand there are other ways to gauge defense, my point is the Nationals have been kicking the ball around, while the Phillies have not. In fact, the Phillies have just one error since April 14. No other team in baseball has fewer than six since then.

Certainly there is plenty of baseball to play following this series, but a series win here would keep the momentum going from Los Angeles and Arizona. A series loss and skeptical Phillies fans say, “See? They are who we thought they were.”

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If the Phillies hope to win this weekend, they’ll need strong performances from the bullpen. I looked yesterday at the Phillies’ bullpen, the organization’s troubles at developing young relievers and potential help from outside the organization.

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Random stats and thoughts: Ryan Howard is on pace for 31 home runs and 87 RBIs. I think if Ruben Amaro Jr. and Ryne Sandberg were told in February that Howard would finish the season with 30+ homers and 90+ RBIs they would take it. … Phillies third basemen have a .478 OPS, which is the worst in baseball. Third basemen from the 1981 Blue Jays finished with a .516 OPS, the lowest mark in baseball over the past 40 years. … I understand Freddy Galvis‘ value defensively — he is the team’s best defensive player — but he has to hit at some point because no glove can make up for his current offensive production. The Phillies are giving away too many outs at the bottom of the lineup. … Domonic Brown has one home run since Aug. 14. Phillies left fielders are 25th in baseball with a .623 OPS. … Carlos Ruiz‘s .889 OPS is fifth among catchers.

Hamels Embarrassed After Brutal Night

Cole HamelsEven after the fact, long after Cole Hamels suffered his worst start in nearly three years, he knew the Phillies and Mets needed to play.

It was a brutal night last night at Citizens Bank Park. It rained throughout the 6-1 loss. The wind never stopped blowing. The first-pitch temperature sat at 46 degrees. Hamels could not grip the ball. But knowing the Phillies had no games scheduled Monday and Thursday and with more rain scheduled Wednesday, the Phillies needed to play Tuesday otherwise they would go Monday through Thursday without playing a single game. And regardless of the conditions, sometimes you need to play to fit in a 162-game schedule.

Hamels walked four batters in an inning for the first time in his career. He walked a runner home for the fifth time in his career. Not a good night.

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Jayson Nix went 0-for-3 last night, dropping Phillies third basemen’s OPS to a miniscule .478, which is the lowest mark in baseball. According to Stats Inc., the 1981 Blue Jays had a .516 OPS from their third basemen, which is the lowest mark in the majors from 1974-2013. Cody Asche‘s .584 OPS is better than Nix’s .446 and Freddy Galvis‘ .124. I understand Galvis is the team’s best defensive player, but he’s going to have to hit eventually because in the long run the defensive benefits won’t outweigh the offensive black hole he represents in the lineup.

And if you believe in modern metrics, Galvis has a -0.8 WAR, while Asche has a -0.7 and Nix has a -0.1.

Galvis had a .668 OPS last season. The Phillies would kill for that right now.

Galvis Up, Hernandez Down

Freddy GalvisThe Phillies activated Freddy Galvis from the 15-day disabled list today.

They optioned Cesar Hernandez to Double-A Reading to make room for him on the 25-man roster.

Galvis had been a lock to make the Opening Day roster, until he picked up MRSA in March. He is the team’s most versatile and best defensive player. I’m guessing Hernandez is headed to Double-A so he can move around the infield a bit more. He needs to learn to play shortstop and third base to get him to stick in the big leagues.

Phillies Place 6 on DL

Cole HamelsThe Phillies on Friday afternoon announced they have placed six players on the 15-day disabled list:

  • Right-hander Mike Adams, recovering from right shoulder surgery (retroactive to March 26).
  • Infielder Freddy Galvis, left knee infection (retroactive to March 21).
  • Right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, right shoulder tendinitis (retroactive to March 21).
  • Left-hander Cole Hamels, left biceps tendinitis (retroactive to March 21).
  • Right-hander Ethan Martin, right shoulder inflammation (retroactive to March 21).
  • Outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf, left oblique strain (retroactive to March 21).

Adams hopes he can rejoin the Phillies bullpen by April 15. Galvis, who is recovering from MRSA, could be back by the middle of the month, too.

The Phillies have indicated Hamels could rejoin the rotation before the end of April.

The Phillies said on March 21 that Ruf could miss 4-6 weeks. Martin just started throwing, and Ruben Amaro Jr. said recently Gonzalez could be a candidate for the 60-day DL to give them flexibility for the 40-man roster.

Galvis, Ruf Down with Injuries

Freddy GalvisPhillies players are dropping like flies.

Freddy Galvis, who was a lock to the make the Opening Day roster as a utility infielder, is in the hospital with a staph infection. He had an abscess removed from his left knee earlier this week. He could miss at least 2-3 weeks.

Darin Ruf, who was a strong candidate to make the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder/first baseman, is scheduled to have a MRI today. He strained his left oblique while taking batting practice yesterday. Ruf is hopeful he can be back soon, but hitters typically need a couple weeks to recover from it.

Galvis and Ruf could join left-hander Cole Hamels and right-handers Mike Adams, Jonathan Pettibone, Ethan Martin and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez on a crowded disabled list with Opening Day just 10 days away.

The Galvis and Ruf setbacks have considerable implications for the Phillies bench. The Phillies have considered carrying a six-player bench the first couple weeks of the season as they only need four starting pitchers until April 14. If the Phillies still plan to carry six bench players they could carry outfielders Tony Gwynn Jr., Bobby Abreu and John Mayberry Jr.; infielders Kevin Frandsen and Ronny Cedeno; and catcher Wil Nieves.

Cedeno and Reid Brignac are both in camp fighting for a utility infield job. Cedeno might be the better bet at this point only because he is considered a better defensive player. Galvis is the best defensive infielder on the team, so they need somebody to try to replicate that.

Galvis had the abscess removed Wednesday, and he had hoped to rest for a couple days before trying to get back on the field this weekend. Ruf said he had been feeling some tightness in his oblique for about a week, but did not consider it anything serious. He felt he would be fine if he simply took more time to warm up and stretch before workouts and games.

“It was one swing that kind of took it to another level,” Ruf said. “We’ll see what the next few days bring. We’ll see if it gets back to a stage where I can play normally, if I get loose properly. Or if it’s something I’ll need to let heal completely. I don’t know.”

Ruf could not help but think about the Opening Day roster implications after it happened.

“Just when I was experiencing tightness that kind of crossed my mind,” he said. “When that swing happened it was very disappointing.”

Rollins Sits, Galvis Positively Plays

Jimmy RollinsRyne Sandberg has been singing Freddy Galvis’ praises since the offseason, when he essentially guaranteed he would make the team as a utility infielder.

Galvis went 1-for-2 with a triple, walk and RBI in today’s 6-5 victory over the Orioles in a Grapefruit League game at Ed Smith Stadium. Galvis has started at shortstop the past two Grapefruit League games, and is scheduled to start there a third consecutive game tomorrow against the Yankees at Bright House Field. Asked before the game about Rollins’ string of absences, Ruben Amaro Jr. said he is unaware of any health issues.

So is everything OK with Rollins or is he just getting a break?

“No, he’s fine,” Sandberg said.

Asked if Galvis could push Rollins for playing time this season, Sandberg said, “Freddy’s a guy that will get playing time at various positions. He’s a guy that I like in the lineup. I feel good about what he brings to the table. The biggest thing I like is his energy and his positive influence. His positive influence on everybody that’s around him.”

And what he has thought about Rollins in that regard this spring?

“No comment,” Sandberg said.

Phillies Looking for CF Help with Revere Out

Russell Martin, Ben RevereBen Revere had been one of the hottest hitters on the planet until he broke the malleous bone in his right ankle yesterday in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park.

He said this morning he could miss six to eight weeks, although he will learn more tomorrow when he visits a foot specialist. In the meantime, Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies are in the market for a centerfielder.

“The prognosis doesn’t sound too good,” Amaro said. “I think it’s something that’s going to take a while. … Whoever we think is an upgrade, whether it’s defensive or offensive. We’d like to probably get a little bit better. John (Mayberry Jr.) is a good center fielder. He’s not a plus defender. So if we can get a better one than that, that’d be good.”

Losing Revere to injury is a blow to the Phillies, whose offense has picked up in recent weeks. Revere is hitting .347 since the end of April, which is the sixth-best mark in baseball in that span. His .380 on-base percentage is 19th out of 164 qualifying hitters.

The Phillies activated catcher Erik Kratz to take Revere’s spot on the roster, although it seems likely the team will not carry three catchers following the All-Star break.

“It’s one of those deals,” Revere said. “It’s part of the game. I’ve probably hit a couple balls on the same spot a couple times and really nothing happened, except a bruise. But it was good the next day. But this was finally the one that cracked it.”

The Phillies also are looking internally at options at center field. They recently started playing Triple-A Lehigh Valley second baseman Cesar Hernandez in center, but they have accelerated his learning curve. He had been scheduled to play in the International League’s All-Star Game this week, but the Phillies are sending him to Double-A Reading to play center field instead.

“He’ll be playing exclusively in center field to see if that’s an option for us,” Amaro said. “He struggled yesterday , but it’s a new position for him. But we’ll give him a shot.”

Triple-A shortstop Freddy Galvis has played some outfield for the Phillies, but Amaro indicated center field is not an option for him.

So make that two spots the Phillies say they are trying to upgrade before the July 31 Trade Deadline: bullpen and centerfield.

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