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Andrew Bailey’s injury is Edubray Ramos’ well-deserved opportunity

Andrew Bailey’s injury is Edubray Ramos’ well-deserved opportunity

SAN FRANCISCO – Andrew Bailey’s strained left hamstring turned into Edubray Ramos’ well-deserved opportunity in the Phillies’ bullpen.
 
Ramos, a 23-year-old right-hander, was called up from Triple A when Bailey was placed on the disabled list Friday.
 
“I never imagined this,” the Venezuela native said as he stood in the dugout at AT&T Park, the picturesque home of the San Francisco Giants. “I just want to take advantage of this opportunity.”
 
In a sense, Ramos has already taken advantage of an opportunity. He was originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a 17-year-old in 2010. He pitched poorly in the Venezuelan Summer League that year and was let go after the season. He was out of pro ball for two years, even played some softball, before the Phillies offered him a minor-league contract. His signing bonus?
 
“Nothing,” he said.
 
Ramos showed improvement over two seasons in the Phillies’ Venezuelan academy, earned his way to the U.S. and never stopped improving. The Phillies placed him on their 40-man roster last fall. He pitched brilliantly at Double A Reading and Triple A Lehigh Valley before learning of his promotion Thursday. Lehigh Valley pitching coach Dave Lundquist delivered the news through Ramos’ teammate, Edward Mujica, a fellow Venezuelan.
 
“I couldn’t believe it, especially because Mujica was translating for me,” Ramos said through Diego Ettedgui, the Phillies’ major-league translator. “I thought he was fooling me.”
 
Ramos throws four pitches. He has a power fastball, slider, curveball and changeup. In 38 2/3 innings between Double A and Triple A this season, he had a 1.16 ERA. He walked just four batters, gave just 24 hits and struck out 41. He allowed just one homer.
 
Phillies officials believe Ramos has the makings of a future closer – he saved 10 games this season in the minors – and manager Pete Mackanin said he would not hesitate to use Ramos in high-leverage situations.
 
Ramos has the talent to stick around for a while. This is the chance he’d been waiting for, the one he did not think would even come when he was out of baseball and painting automobiles with his father in Venezuela and cleaning spills in a food-processing plant.
 
“The Phillies gave me a chance and here I am,” Ramos said with a big smile.
 
Bailey’s hamstring strain is not serious. In fact, he didn't believe a DL stint was necessary because he thinks he could be back in a day or two. But Mackanin said the team could not afford to go short in the bullpen for even a couple of days because the bullpen has been used heavily recently.
 
“I think I would have been all right for tomorrow, but that’s my opinion,” Bailey said. “It’s not a move personally I like, but it’s best for the team, I guess. That’s most important.”

Phillies add Adonis Medina and 2 others to 40-man roster, avoid losing them in Rule 5 draft

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Phillies add Adonis Medina and 2 others to 40-man roster, avoid losing them in Rule 5 draft

The Phillies on Tuesday added three minor-league prospects to their 40-man roster, thus protecting them from being selected by another club in next month’s Rule 5 draft.

The team added right-handed pitchers Edgar Garcia and Adonis Medina as well as middle infielder Arquimides Gamboa.

Garcia, a 22-year-old reliever, split the 2018 season between Double A and Triple A and recorded a 3.64 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 52 games. He struck out 72 batters and walked 27 in 64⅓ innings and held opposing hitters to a .206 batting average. He could push for work in the Phillies' bullpen sometime in 2019.

Medina, 21, is one of the organization’s top starting pitching prospects. He went 10-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) for Single A Clearwater in 2018. He struck out 123 and walked 36 in 111⅓ innings. He projects to pitch at Double A in 2019.

Gamboa, 21, is a talented defensive shortstop who could eventually be pushed to second base as top prospect Luis Garcia rises. A switch-hitter, Gamboa batted just .214 with a .304 on-base percentage in 114 games at Clearwater in 2018. He struck out 111 times.

Among those left unprotected were outfielder Jose Pujols and catcher Deivi Grullon.

Pujols, who turned 23 in September, was the Florida State League player of the year in 2018. He hit .301 with 18 homers, 58 RBIs and a .887 OPS in 95 games at Clearwater. He struck out 127 times in 352 at-bats.

Grullon, a rugged 22-year-old, hit .273 with 21 homers, 59 RBIs and a .825 OPS in 90 games at Double A Reading.

The additions left the Phillies’ 40-man roster at 38. Justin Bour remains on the roster even though multiple sources say he has cleared waivers. The next important roster date arrives on Nov. 30, which is the deadline for offering a contract to a salary arbitration-eligible player.

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Phillies to hold 3 retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard

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Phillies to hold 3 retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard

Phillies fans should prepare for another nostalgic year at the ballpark. 

Prior to games in May, June and July, the Phillies will hold retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

Rollins' ceremony will take place Saturday night, May 4, when the Phillies host the Nationals at 7:05.

Then comes Utley's night, Friday, June 21 against the Marlins at 7:05.

Howard will be honored Sunday, July 14, when the Phils face the Nationals at 1:05.

Rollins never officially retired but hasn't played since June 2016 with the White Sox. 

Howard retired the first week of September, and Utley hung up his cleats once the playoffs ended. 

In many ways, 2018 was the final chapter in the book of the 2008 Phillies. Jayson Werth also retired in late June after his situation with the Mariners didn't work out. Carlos Ruiz hasn't officially retired but did not find a team in 2018.

Cole Hamels and Ryan Madson, though, are still going strong as the final two active members of that championship team.

Fans interested in making it to all three ceremonies can do so with the six-game Phillies Legends Ticket pack, which includes the three retirement nights along with any other three games.

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