Kendrick won't miss a start after concussion


Kendrick won't miss a start after concussion

PITTSBURGH -- Seven-game winner Kyle Kendrick, who suffered a concussion when he was hit by a pitch from Stephen Fife of the Dodgers on Sunday, has passed all his concussion tests and won’t miss a turn, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Tuesday.
“He should be good to go,” Amaro said.
Kendrick is scheduled to start Saturday against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
“Kyle had another test [Monday], and it came out very good, and he had an exertion test [Tuesday] morning and did very well,” Amaro said in the visiting dugout at PNC Park, where the Phillies were scheduled to begin a three-game series Tuesday evening.
“He’s going to throw a bullpen [Wednesday], and he should be good to go for his start. Good news.”
Kendrick is having a career year at 7-5 with a 3.59 ERA. Coming into this season, he had a 4.30 career ERA.
The 28-year-old right-hander has gone six or more innings in 14 of 17 starts and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 11 starts.

Kendrick needs four more wins to match his career high. Among Phillies with 100 or more career starts, his .565 career winning percentage is sixth best in franchise history.
Amaro said Kendrick hasn’t suffered any concussion-related symptons since Sunday night in Los Angeles.

“He’s fine,” he said. “He feels fine. I think it was a very mild one when they did the original testing after the game two days ago. He’s doing really well.”
Major League Baseball introduced a seven-day concussion disabled list last year, but Kendrick won’t need to go on it.
“Obviously, [that will change] if something happens in the next 24 or 48 hours,” Amaro said. “But right now he should be fine for his start.”
Amaro also said catcher Eric Kratz, who underwent knee surgery on June 12, will be back sooner than originally expected.
“He’ll be closer to four weeks than six weeks,” Amaro said. “He’s coming along really well”
Amaro said Kratz, who hit .229 with eight homers and 22 RBIs in 43 games, is in Clearwater catching bullpens and has started a running program.
When the Phillies return home at the end of this week, Kratz will return to Philadelphia and meet with noted knee specialist Dr. Michael Ciccotti to see if he’s ready to play in some rehab games.
Amaro also said reliever Michael Stutes, who went on the disabled list on June 25 with right biceps tendinitis, hasn’t started throwing yet. Stutes had a 5.17 ERA in 14 games out of the bullpen before going on the DL.
“He’s still got some soreness in his shoulder,” Amaro said. “He’s not comfortable. We’ll have to wait until he’s comfortable and able to throw.”

Phillies set to unveil new ace Jake Arrieta in spring training

Phillies set to unveil new ace Jake Arrieta in spring training

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Thursday starts the one-week countdown to opening day.

Oh, yeah, and Jake Arrieta will also make his Grapefruit League debut.

It figures to be the highlight of the spring.

Arrieta signed a three-year, $75 million contract with the Phillies last week. He has completed a progression from bullpen work — he actually had gotten well into that on his own before signing — to facing hitters in a controlled situation.

Now, it’s time to face some competition — the Detroit Tigers. The game will be televised on NBCSP+ at 1 p.m.

The Phillies have yet to decide when Arrieta will make his regular-season debut. The pitcher believes he will be ready during the first week of the season. The team will exercise caution. Arrieta’s performance Thursday — and possibly more important, his recovery — will go a long way into determining when the Phils turn him loose.

“I’m looking for him to be healthy, first and foremost,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “I would love to see him come out just like he has in his live batting practice sessions and in his bullpens, which is strong, ball looking like a lead fastball, featuring that great cutter and a lot of that great deception.

"We’re looking for him to be Jake Arrieta. Most importantly, most critically and most consequentially, I’m looking for him to be healthy and strong.”

Kapler said the Phils would be flexible on Arrieta’s pitch count. Fifty or so seems like a good guess.

Arrieta has been around for a week now. His teammates are thrilled to have him.

“Obviously, with the Arrieta signing, we got a lot better not only on the field but in the clubhouse,” Rhys Hoskins said (more on him here). “What he’s going to be able to do not only for the pitchers but for some of us young position guys — I mean he’s recently won a World Series, he’s a Cy Young guy, he knows how to compete at the highest level. We have a good group. It’s meshing pretty quickly. I’m excited to see how it goes once we start.”

Rhys Hoskins doing damage as opening day comes into sight

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Rhys Hoskins doing damage as opening day comes into sight


DUNEDIN, Fla. — The season opener is eight days away and Rhys Hoskins says his swing “is getting there.” 

Getting there? Really?

It looks like it already arrived with the morning mail.

Hoskins continued his recent run of excellent at-bats in Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He belted a two-run homer, a solo homer and also worked a walk. Over his last five games, he is 6 for 16 with five walks. For the spring, he is hitting .279 (12 for 43) with four doubles, four homers, eight RBIs, 11 runs scored and an OPS of 1.066.

“What does he have, 10 strikeouts and 10 walks on the spring?” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler asked.

Indeed, those are the numbers.

“That is fantastic,” Kapler said. “Obviously, he’s swinging the bat beautifully and really controlling the at-bats.”

It all starts with pitch recognition.

“I’ve been pretty happy with that throughout camp,” Hoskins said. “I don’t feel like I’ve chased too many, which is always good. I’ve seen a bunch of breaking balls and been able to recognize them early.”

The outstanding selectivity that Hoskins has allows him to work pitchers into fastball counts. He did that in the first inning when he got a 3-1 fastball from Marcus Stroman and drove it over the left-field wall. The ball left the bat at 108 miles per hour.

Obviously, Hoskins was pleased that the ball left the yard. He was more pleased with the swing. He believes pitchers will try to bust him in this season and he’s ready for it.

“I was really, really happy with the first at-bat,” he said. “I had been struggling with the ball in. I was able to keep my hands inside of it and the ball went.”

His second homer came on a 1-1 fastball from Luis Santos. The wind was blowing out at Dunedin Stadium. Hoskins saw a pitch up and took a rip.

“On a day like today, if you see the ball up you’re going to have a pretty good chance,” he said.

Hoskins batted second in the lineup, ahead of Maikel Franco and Carlos Santana. Kapler has juggled lineups all spring and has strongly implied that he will do that, based on matchups, during the regular season.

“I don’t care where I hit,” Hoskins said. “With the guys we have and the way they’re going to construct the lineup, if I hit second, fourth, sixth, I think I’m going to be able to hit with men on base.

“Throughout my career I’ve been a run producer, so that’s the main thing for me. If I can create some runs, whether it’s scoring runs or driving in runs, I’ll be happy.”

The Phils and Jays played to a 7-7 tie. The Phillies’ bullpen gave up five runs in the last two innings to let a 7-2 lead get away. The Phils used 10 pitchers, including two day-trippers from minor-league camp. Starter Nick Pivetta pitched two perfect innings. The team purposely scaled him back to keep him in line with a 25-inning spring target. Scott Kingery and Aaron Altherr also hit home runs.