Rapid Reaction: Phillies Implode on Opening Day

Mar 30, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola (27) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the second inning at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies blew a 5-0 lead to the Texas Rangers enroute to a brutal 11-7 loss on Opening Day in Arlington, Texas. The loss marks the 10th consecutive game the Phils have lost to the Rangers dating back to 2014.  

The Phillies jumped all over the Rangers’ new ace Jacob deGrom tagging him for six earned runs including SEVEN extra base hits in 3-2/3 innings.  Prior to this afternoon, deGrom had been nearly unhittable when facing the Phillies as a member of the New York Mets.  

3B Alec Bohm came up a triple shy of the cycle going 3-for-4, with a HR, 2B, 2R, and 3 RBIs.  Trea Turner and Brandon Marsh each drove in a run off of deGrom. Turner added to the hurlers bad scoring on a 4th inning wild pitch.  

The Phillies offense was on fire and handed Nola a 5-0 lead heading into the Rangers half of the 4th inning.

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Phillies Spring Training: Andrew Painter Diagnosed With UCL Sprain

It looks like the Philadelphia Phillies have dodged a bullet. Top prospect Andrew Painter underwent an MRI on March 3rd for his sore right elbow.  The imaging showed a sprained ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and the diagnosis was confirmed by renowned surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache.  

The good news, Painter should be able to avoid Tommy John surgery.  

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Phillies Spring Training: Rhys Hoskins Underwent Meniscus Surgery in the Offseason

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Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins has been noticeably absent from Spring Training, now we know why.  

According to The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Hoskins quietly underwent offseason meniscus surgery to clear up some “wear and tear” on his right knee.  The 29-year old has been cleared for baseball activities and is expected in the Phils’ lineup this weekend. 

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Phils Sign Lefty Reliever Matt Strahm

The Philadelphia Phillies busy Tuesday night continues.  After signing starter Taijuan Walker, the Phillies have reportedly inked reliever Matt Strahm to a 2-year/$15MM deal.  

Strahm, 31, spent 2022 with the Boston Red Sox going 4-4 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.231 WHIP, 10.5 K/9 in 44.2 innings out of the bullpen.  Prior to Boston, Strahm spent 2018-2021 with the San Diego Padres and 2016-17 with Kansas City.  He was drafted by Kansas City in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Neosho Community College.  

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Phillies Extend President of Baseball Ops Dave Dombrowski

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The Philadelphia Phillies have extended president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, the team announced on Tuesday.

The deal will keep Dombrowski in Philadelphia through the 2027 season

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Phillies Tender Contracts to Arbitration Eligible Players, Ink Reliever to a Deal

Friday was a busier than usual day for the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Fightin’s —as expected— tendered contracts to all arbitration eligible players by Friday’s non-tender deadline. Six players in total, Rhys Hoskins, Jose Alvarado, Ranger Suarez, Seranthony Domínguez, Edmundo Sosa, and Sam Coonrod, received their tenders.

Coonrod and the Phillies agreed to a one-year, $775,000 deal shortly thereafter.

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