Millville, New Jersey – about 45-miles as the crow flies or something like that southeast of Philadelphia– native Mike Trout is getting into the golf course game.
The Los Angeles Angels slugger is joining forces with Tiger Woods (you might’ve heard of him) and bringing an 18-hole golf course to Vineland, New Jersey. “Trout National” will reportedly include an 18-hole course, a clubhouse, restaurant, hotel, and wedding venue. The facility is set to open in 2025 according to a press release.
A few things here…
Trout is playing with fire bringing this golf club to Vineland, the sworn enemy of the hometown Millville Thunderbolts!
Well, Scott Kingery won’t be making the Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day roster. The Phils reassigned a slew of players including Kingery before Monday’s Grapefruit League game against Toronto.
Kingery slashed .340/.415/.447 with a homer, two stolen bases, and four RBIs in 47 Grapefruit League at-bats in a bid to make the Big Club as a bench piece. The 28-year old former 2nd round draft pick showed versatility playing multiple positions for the Phils during the Clearwater season.
The Philadelphia Phillies and star pitcher Aaron Nola have shut down contract extension discussions until the end of the season according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Alex Coffey. Phils’ president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and Nola’s agent Joe Longo confirmed the report with both sides issuing statements.
Uh oh. Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ranger Suarez has suffered a setback in his return from injury according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Suarez, who has been out of action since feeling pain in his left forearm during the World Baseball Classic, experienced inflammation in his left elbow prior to a scheduled bullpen session on Wednesday. There is no structural damage according to the team.
Philadelphia Phillies All-Star Bryce Harper will not start the 2023 regular season on Major League Baseball’s 60-day injured list, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told Sports Radio 94WIP on Tuesday. “We’re going to keep our options open,” the Phils’ president added, leaving the possibility of a Harper return before June looking like a possibility.
Well, that’s quite an exciting and unexpected development as the Phillies time in Clearwater comes to a close.
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner’s grand slam in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the game winner as the United States defeated Venezuela 9-7 in the World Baseball Classic quarterfinals. With the win, the United States advances to a semifinal match up with Cuba on Sunday in Miami.
The Philadelphia Phillies snuck in some injury updates on Thursday afternoon. Perhaps the most important was the update on slugger Bryce Harper’s progress. Spoiler alert, it’s progressing well!
Harper, who is recovering from late-November Tommy John surgery, has moved from hitting off a tee every other day to hitting soft toss. Another sign the slugger is inching closer towards returning from the injured list.
The Philadelphia Phillies updated the injury status of multiple players on Thursday afternoon including prized prospect Andrew Painter.
Painter, 19, was shut down in early March because of discomfort in his elbow after his first Grapefruit League start. The initial MRI showed a right proximal ulnar collateral ligament sprain and a second opinion from renowned elbow doc Neal ElAttrache confirmed the injury. While disappointing, the overall diagnosis was favorable for the young phenom. Tommy John surgery was not required and Painter would rest for a few weeks.
We now have a potential timetable for Painter’s return to the mound.
The Philadelphia Philliesupdated the injury status of multiple players on Thursday afternoon including starting pitcher Ranger Suarez and backup catcher Garrett Stubbs.
Suarez, who returned from the 2023 World Baseball Classic due to left forearm tenderness, played long toss on Thursday morning in Clearwater. The Phils’ lefty will be re-evaluated on Friday, March 17 and will begin ramping up towards the regular season if he is pain free. Phillies manager Rob Thomson told the media Suarez will be limited if he is deemed ready to go by the first week of the season.
Stubbs injured his knee playing for Israel in the 2023 World Baseball Classic. A March 15 MRI revealed a sprained right knee, an injury that is not deemed serious. The Phillies expect Stubbs to be completely healthy before Opening Day and to assume the backup role to J.T. Realmuto.
In other injury news, the Phillies have shut down LHP Cristoperher Sanchez and RHP Nick Nelson with no timetable to return.