Philadelphia Phillies Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Pivetta (0-1) allowed two runs on nine hits (one home run) while walking one and striking out five over five innings in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Dodgers.
Impact: Pivetta was making his major league debut, and he didn't look half bad while filling the temporary rotation spot vacated by Aaron Nola (back). The 24-year-old Pivetta could be one and done as far as spot starts, as Nola is expected back in short order. If Pivetta is forced to make any more starts, he's a risky fantasy streamer despite Sunday's decent outing.
News: Herrera went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Dodgers.
Impact: Herrera didn't start the game but came in late and homered in the ninth inning off of Grant Dayton. The Phillies' center fielder is now up to three homers on the year to go along with nine RBI, three steals and a .262 average. He offers five-category contributions while hitting in the heart of the Phillies lineup. That kind of production warrants ownership across all formats.
News: Rupp went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Dodgers.
Impact: It was Rupp's first three-hit game of the season and helped him raise his season slash line to .222/.328/.407. Rupp has decent power (16 homers in 105 games last year) but won't help fantasy owners out with a high average or decent on-base percentage. While he's Philly's main catching option, he's only worth owning in two-catcher and deep NL-only leagues.
News: Franco went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Dodgers.
Impact: Despite having four home runs and 21 RBI on the season, Franco's hitless performance Sunday dropped his average to an ugly .213 on the young season. It was starting to look like the slugger was ready to break out, so be patient. He's only striking out 13.1 percent of the time and sports a low .203 BABIP, so better times are likely ahead.
News: Nola (back) will attempt another bullpen session Monday, CSN Philly reports.
Impact: He won't come off the DL as originally hoped Monday, but If all goes well with the session in Chicago, the 23-year-old righty could have a shot at returning for his regular turn in the rotation Friday against the Nats. Nola's back strain surfaced after his last start on April 20, so if he's able to return this week, he'll only have missed two scheduled starts due to the ailment.
News: Herrera is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
Impact: Herrera has started 21 of the team's first 22 games, so he'll receive a day of rest Sunday as the Phillies face off against Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers. Aaron Altherr will take over in center field.
News: Pivetta was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and will draw the start for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
Impact: With Aaron Nola on the disabled list with a lower-back strain, Pivetta was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to serve as a temporary rotation arm. The 24-year-old draws a tough matchup against the Dodgers, as the team has posted a .782 OPS against right-handed pitching this season.
News: Neris imploded Saturday, allowing three straight solo home runs to the Dodgers to blow a save opportunity.
Impact: Two of the three home runs Neris allowed came on fastballs, a pitch that is not his strength. He established himself as an elite reliever last season thanks to his nasty splitter. Manager Pete Mackanin told Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia that he intends to talk to Neris about his pitch selection. The Dominican reliever is likely still the top choice to close in Philly despite his struggles Saturday.
News: Kendrick (oblique) has worked out at first base during batting practice the past two days, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: The Phillies could be looking for a way to keep Aaron Altherr in the lineup when Kendrick returns from the disabled list. Tommy Joseph has been struggling at first base, and Kendrick could start eating into his playing time. Kendrick, who has played 89 games at first base in his career, will likely be sidelined for another week or so before returning from the disabled list.
News: Nola felt some soreness in his back after throwing a bullpen session Friday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Manager Pete Mackanin said Nola will be reevaluated this week to determine when he will throw his next bullpen session. Nick Pivetta will likely stay in the Phillies' rotation until Nola is ready to come off the disabled list.
News: Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after Saturday's game, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Garcia has pitched in five games this season and has yet to allow a run. He will be back the next time the Phillies need a reliever.
News: Aaron Altherr went 0 for 3 Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3. He ended the game with a .295 batting average.
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News: Jeanmar Gomez allowed three runs on three hits and one walk in 2.0 innings as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Sunday. Gomez struck out two, ending the game with a 9.64 ERA and 1.82 WHIP on the season.
Impact: Gomez has been scored upon in five of his eight appearances and sports an ugly 1.82 WHIP.
News: Maikel Franco went 0 for 4 Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3. He ended the game with a .213 batting average.
Impact: Franco, who had 32 straight plate appearances without a strikeout, struck out in his first three at-bats Sunday. He's had five multi-hit efforts in his last nine games.
News: Freddy Galvis went 1 for 3 with an RBI Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3. He ended the game with a .271 batting average.
Impact: Galvis is batting .340 (16 for 47) with a homer, seven RBIs and six runs during a 12-game hitting streak.
News: Zach Eflin allowed two runs on four hits in 7.0 innings as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 on Saturday. Eflin struck out four, ending the game with a 1.89 ERA and 0.68 WHIP on the season.
Impact: Eflin would have had his first victory of 2017 if not for an implosion by the Phillies' bullpen, which gave up four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. The young right-hander has now yielded just three runs and seven hits in 14 innings over his last two starts.
News: Hector Neris fell to 0-1, allowing four runs on four hits - including three homers - in 0.1 innings, as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 on Saturday. Neris struck out one, ending the game with a 4.97 ERA and 1.26 WHIP on the season.
Impact: Neris has now surrendered seven runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings over his last five appearances. His hold on the closer's job is quite flimsy at the moment.
News: Odubel Herrera went 1 for 4 with a double Saturday as the Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5. Herrera scored once. He ended the game with a .256 batting average.
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News: Andrew Knapp went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run and an RBI Saturday as the Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5. The homer was his first of the season. He ended the game with a .304 batting average.
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News: Brock Stassi went 1 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs Saturday as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5. The homer was his second of the season. He ended the game with a .194 batting average.
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News: Cesar Hernandez went 2 for 4 Saturday as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5. He ended the game with a .326 batting average.
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News: Freddy Galvis went 1 for 4 Saturday as the Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5. He ended the game with a .268 batting average.
Impact: The single extended Galvis' hitting streak to 11 games, a stretch in which he's batting .341 (15 for 44). Coming off a 20-homer, 17-steal 2016 season, there are worse fantasy options to have at the shortstop position.
News: Michael Saunders went 1 for 5 Saturday as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5. Saunders scored once. He ended the game with a .257 batting average.
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News: Maikel Franco went 2 for 5 with a double Saturday as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5. Franco scored once. He ended the game with a .224 batting average.
Impact: Franco has been locked in lately, going 7 for 15 with a home run and five RBIs over his last four games. Twelve of his team-leading 21 RBIs have come over his past nine contests.
News: Daniel Nava went 2 for 5 with an RBI Saturday as the Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5. He ended the game with a .355 batting average.
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News: Michael Saunders went 0 for 4 Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3. He ended the game with a .244 batting average.
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News: In his major league debit, Nick Pivetta fell to 0-1, allowing two runs on nine hits and one walk in 5.0 innings, as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Sunday. Pivetta struck out five, ending the game with a 3.60 ERA and 2.00 WHIP.
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News: Cameron Rupp went 3 for 4 with two doubles Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3. Rupp scored once. He ended the game with a .222 batting average.
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News: Daniel Nava went 0 for 1 Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3. He ended the game with a .344 batting average.
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News: Cesar Hernandez went 1 for 4 with a triple Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3. Hernandez scored once. He ended the game with a .323 batting average.
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News: Odubel Herrera went 1 for 2 with a home run and two RBIs Sunday as the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3. The homer was his third of the season. He ended the game with a .262 batting average.
Impact: Herrera has hit in seven of his last eight games, going 8 for 31 with two homers and five RBIs.