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Pedro Florimon heads list of Phillies' signings

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Pedro Florimon heads list of Phillies' signings

The Phillies on Wednesday announced the signings of 10 players to minor-league contracts. All of the players received non-roster invites to big-league spring training camp, which opens on Feb. 14.

The most notable player on the list is veteran utility man Pedro Florimon, who returns to the organization after spending most of the 2017 season with the Triple A Lehigh Valley club before joining the big club in mid-August.

The Phillies actually signed Florimon early in the offseason, a sign that he's in their plans for the coming season. The 31-year-old played shortstop, second base, third base and all three outfield positions for Lehigh Valley last year, then did the same thing in 15 games with the big club. Florimon went 16 for 46 (.348) with five extra-base hits before going down with a dislocated ankle that ended his season on Sept. 2.

Florimon's versatility gives him a good chance to make the Phillies' opening day roster in the utility role once filled by Andres Blanco. Heck, he could be the opening day second baseman, keeping the position warm for prospect Scott Kingery, if the Phillies were to move Cesar Hernandez in a deal for pitching.

Florimon has also played in the majors with Baltimore, Minnesota and Pittsburgh.

In addition to Florimon, the Phillies re-signed relief pitcher Pedro Beato, infielder Mitch Walding and catcher Logan Moore. All are expected to provide depth in the upper levels of the minors.

The team announced the signing of six players who played in other organizations last season. They include pitcher Steve Geltz, infielders Will Middlebrooks and Heiker Meneses, catcher Eric Fryer, catcher/first baseman/outfielder Matt McBride and outfielder Danny Ortiz.

Phillies make transactions as 2 players become free agents

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Phillies make transactions as 2 players become free agents

The Phillies on Monday made a handful of transactions.

Right-handers Zach Eflin, Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez were reinstated from the 60-day disabled list, as were utility man Pedro Florimon and reliever Jesen Therrien.

Both Florimon and Therrien were outrighted to Triple A Lehigh Valley and become free agents.

Eflin, 23, last pitched on Aug. 18 and finished the season on the DL with a right shoulder strain. For Eickhoff, 27, "nerve irritation" in his right throwing hand ended his 2017 season in late August. Velasquez, 25, had a blood flow issue in his pitching arm that caused numbness and bruising in his right middle finger. As a result, his final outing came on Aug. 10 and he underwent surgery in September.

All three are expected to compete for starting rotation spots in spring training.

Florimon, who turns 31 in December, and Therrien, 24, are now off the 40-man roster. Florimon played 15 games last season before suffering a dislocated right ankle, while Therrien saw two stints with the Phillies, posting an 8.35 ERA in 18 1/3 innings. He dominated in the minors, compiling a 1.41 ERA between Double A and Triple A to go with nine saves, 65 strikeouts, nine walks and a .191 opponents' batting average.

Therrien underwent Tommy John surgery in September and will miss all of 2018.

Phillies-Marlins observations: Aaron Nola, bullpen lit up before rally falls short

Phillies-Marlins observations: Aaron Nola, bullpen lit up before rally falls short

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MIAMI — It was crushing night for the Phillies, who experienced intense physical pain at the batter’s box and on the basepaths as well as the mental anguish suffered by staff ace Aaron Nola, who was rocked by the Miami Marlins for the third time this year.

The Phillies lost 10-9, but the score alone falls way short of chronicling how much this one hurt.

• Centerfielder Pedro Florimon's second-inning injury was indicative of how the night would unfold for the Phillies.

He beat out an infield hit to the hole at shortstop, extending his hitting streak to seven games and improving his batting average to .348. But he got hurt as he stepped on the bag and was carted off the field in excruciating pain.

• The Phillies, with two starter-caliber outfielders already on the disabled list in Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr, got more bad news in the seventh when leftfielder/first baseman Rhys Hoskins got hit with a 97-mph fastball by Marlins reliever Brian Ellington.

Hoskins, who was struck on the right hand, stayed in the game to run but was taken out midway through the bottom of the inning on a double switch.

He finished the night 3 for 3, falling a triple short of the cycle. His homer was his 12th of the season, ending a five-game drought.

• In three starts against the Marlins this year, Nola is 0-3 with a 10.85 ERA. Overall this season, Nola has been strong, entering Saturday night’s start with a 10-9 record and a 3.46 ERA.

Nola allowed a pair of homers Saturday, to Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the majors with 52 long balls, and to Marcell Ozuna, who has 32 and drove in four runs on the night.  

• The pitches Nola threw that resulted in the homers did not appear to be awful. Instead, credit is due to Stanton and Ozuna.

The 1-1 pitch to Stanton, a 92-mph fastball, was possibly a strike but very low in the zone. The 1-1 pitch to Ozuna, a 91-mph fastball, was inside and tight. But Ozuna somehow got his hands out and pulled the ball.

• Entering the game, Stanton was 3 for 6 with a double and a homer in his career against Nola. That first homer was recent – Aug. 22 in Philadelphia.

Ozuna was 4 for 13 with one homer against Nola entering Saturday. Ozuna went 4 for 5 with four RBIs on Saturday, although not all that damage was against Nola.

• Credit Hoskins on his homer as well. The pitch from Dan Straily was an 84-mph breaking ball that caught too much of the plate. Still, for young hitters especially, hitting a big-league breaking ball is often the hardest thing to do.

• Nick Williams, who tripled twice at Marlins Park on July 19, hit another three-bagger Saturday. This one was a three-run triple in the eighth, closing the Phillies’ deficit to 10-8. The Phillies got to within 10-9 on a Daniel Nava RBI single.

• Of Williams’ four triples this year, three have been hit at Marlins Park. In addition, he has 33 RBIs this season, placing him among the top three NL rookies in that category.

This was Williams’ first three-RBI game since July 24 against the Houston Astros.

• Rookie Drew Steckenrider of Miami got his first career save with a scoreless ninth, striking out the final two batters … a fitting end on a painful Phillies night.