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Phillies' Alec Bohm: Making Grapefruit debut Wednesday
Bohm (neck) will make his Grapefruit League debut for the Phillies on Wednesday against Atlanta, Corey Seidman of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Bohm's spring debut has been delayed about a week due to neck spasms, but he's good to go now. The 27-year-old third baseman slashed .274/.327/.437 with 20 home runs in 145 games last season and will look to take another step forward in 2024.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' J.T. Realmuto: Set for spring debut Wednesday
Phillies manager Rob Thomson said Realmuto is on track to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday versus Atlanta, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Realmuto and first baseman Bryce Harper have been spectators for the Phillies' first four spring games, but neither is dealing with an injury and both are just getting extra time to ramp up before being thrust into action. Because Realmuto will likely shoulder one of the heavier workloads among all catchers in the league during the upcoming season, the Phillies will likely ease up on his usage during the spring and instead hand Garrett Stubbs, Rafael Marchan (back) and Cam Gallagher more opportunities behind the dish. Largely because of the high volume of starts he's historically handled, Realmuto will likely continue to be drafted as a top-five fantasy catcher, even though he may be more of a neutral rather than a positive asset in batting average these days after he hit .252 while striking out at a career-worst 25.7 percent clip in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Bryce Harper: Spring debut coming Wednesday
Phillies manager Rob Thomson said that Harper is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday versus Atlanta, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Thomson didn't specify whether Harper would be deployed at designated hitter Wednesday or if he would make his first start at first base, the position that he's slated to play on a full-time basis during the 2024 season. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in November 2022, Harper never made enough progress in his throwing program for the Phillies to feel comfortable returning him to his familiar spot in right field this past season, with the 31-year-old instead serving as a DH upon being cleared to debut in May before he got some exposure to first base following the All-Star break. Since he ultimately made 36 starts at first base, Harper should already carry eligibility at the position in most fantasy leagues in 2024, but he's no longer outfield-eligible and doesn't look poised to regain outfield eligibility even though his surgically repaired elbow is no longer a concern.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Alec Bohm: Should be game-ready Wednesday
Bohm (neck) is expected to make his spring debut Wednesday against the Yankees, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Neck spasms have sidelined the 27-year-old for the first weekend of Grapefruit League action, but his absence shouldn't extend much beyond that. Bohm produced a .274/.327/.437 slash line with 20 home runs in 145 games last season and is poised for another campaign as Philadelphia's third baseman.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Cam Gallagher: Links up with Philly
Gallagher signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Sunday that includes an invitation to major-league camp, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Rafael Marchan (back) is a bit banged up early in camp, so the Phillies elected to bring aboard Gallagher for some extra catching depth. Gallagher appeared in 56 games for Cleveland last season but was awful at the plate with a .126/.154/.168 slash line and 30.9 percent strikeout rate.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Alec Bohm: Managing neck spasms
Bohm won't play in any Grapefruit League games this weekend due to neck spasms, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
The severity of the injury hasn't been disclosed, but for now Bohm will be held out of spring games. The 27-year-old still has plenty of time to get healthy before Opening Day as he looks to build on his strong 2023 performance.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Rafael Marchan: Nursing back soreness
Marchan is battling through some lower-back discomfort, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
It looks to be a day-to-day issue. Marchan is third on the Phillies' catching depth chart and has an option year remaining, so he's slated to open the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Brandon Marsh: Starts jogging
Marsh (knee) said Wednesday that he's been cleared for jogging, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Resuming light running work represents Marsh's first meaningful step forward in his recovery from the left knee scope he underwent earlier this month. He's expected to require 3-to-4 weeks to make a full recovery from the procedure, and while the Phillies anticipate that Marsh will be ready for Opening Day, he's unlikely to be cleared for game action until late in the Grapefruit League schedule. When healthy, Marsh is projected to handle the strong side of a platoon in left field with Whit Merrifield, though full-time roles would likely be opened up for both Merrifield and center fielder Johan Rojas if Marsh hits a snag in his recovery and is forced to begin the season on the injured list.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Zack Wheeler: Working toward long-term extension
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski confirmed Monday that Wheeler and the Phillies have been in negotiations on a long-term contract extension, Chris Nelsen of the Associated Press reports. "Zack would not mislead you. Of course, we've talked," Dombrowski said, after Wheeler relayed last Wednesday that he had been in touch with the Phillies on a new deal. "It is a priority. We would love to get that deal done."
Wheeler is heading into the final season of the five-year, $118 million deal he signed with the Phillies in December 2019. Though he's been an All-Star for only one of the first four seasons of his deal, Wheeler has provided an excellent return on the Phillies' investment, going 43-25 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 21.3 K-BB% across 101 starts. He's set to turn 34 years old in May, but Wheeler has shown no signs of decline and has arguably supplanted Aaron Nola -- who inked a seven-year, $172 million deal with the team in November -- as the staff ace. Wheeler said he prefers to have an agreement on an extension in place prior to Opening Day, and both sides should have plenty of incentive to hammer out a deal before spring training comes to a close.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Kaleb Ort: Jettisoned from 40-man roster
Ort was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Monday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Philadelphia needed to clear a spot on its 40-man roster as its contract with Whit Merrifield became official. Ort was claimed off waivers just last week and now could be on the move again. He held an ugly 6.26 ERA over 23 innings in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Ricardo Pinto: Signs with Philly
Pinto signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Sunday that includes an invitation to big-league camp, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Pinto spent the 2023 campaign playing in Mexico and Venezuela, and he posted a 4.12 ERA across 137.2 innings. The 30-year-old last pitched in affiliated ball at the Triple-A level in 2022 and had a 3.58 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 39:13 K:BB over 32.2 innings.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Austin Brice: Inks deal with Philly
Brice signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Sunday that includes an invitation to big-league camp, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
The right-hander spent last season at Triple-A with the Twins and Diamondbacks, and he didn't see big-league action as he struggled to a 6.92 ERA over 40.1 frames in the minors. Brice will need a strong showing during spring training to have a chance of cracking Philadelphia's Opening Day roster.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' David Dahl: Signs with Phillies
Dahl signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
After inking a minor-league deal with the Dodgers last June, Dahl subsequently slashed .282/.354/.493 with a 102 wRC+ in 54 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He will now look to catch on in Philadelphia.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Alec Bohm: Wins arbitration hearing
Bohm will make $4 million in 2024 after winning his arbitration hearing with the Phillies on Thursday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
The Phillies had offered $3.4 million, but the ruling went in Bohm's favor. It's a nice raise for the third baseman in what was his first year of arbitration eligibility. Bohm is coming off a 2023 campaign which saw him slash .274/.327/.437 with 20 home runs and 97 RBI.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Whit Merrifield: Inks deal with Philly
Merrifield agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with the Phillies on Friday that includes an $8 million club option for 2025, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Merrifield may not have an everyday spot in the lineup with his new team, but he should still be able to garner regular playing time between the infield and outfield thanks to his versatility. The 35-year-old played in 145 games for the Blue Jays last season and had a .272/.318/.382 slash line with 11 home runs, 67 RBI, 66 runs and 26 steals. He could see plenty of early action in left field if Brandon Marsh (knee) isn't quite ready for Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' McKinley Moore: Designated for assignment
The Phillies designated Moore for assignment Wednesday.
Moore will lose his spot on Philadelphia's 40-man roster as a result of Spencer Turnbull officially signing with the club Wednesday. Moore appeared in three games for the Phillies last season, surrendering seven earned runs in 3.1 innings while striking out two batters and walking five. He found consistent success in the minor leagues, however, making it possible another team gives him a look off the waiver wire.... See More ... See Less