Philadelphia Phillies Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Kilome is expected to begin the 2018 season at Double-A Reading, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After being added to the Phillies' 40-man roster in November, Kilome is attending big-league spring training, but he isn't being considered for an Opening Day roster spot. Instead, the 6-foot-6 right-hander will head back to the Eastern League after struggling with his control in a five-start sample with Reading late last season. Kilome's big frame and live arm give him a chance at eventually developing into a mid-rotation starter in the big leagues, though his inconsistent mechanics make a bullpen assignment for likely.
News: Hammer has yet to start throwing during spring training, but said Monday that he isn't dealing with any sort of injury, Matt Gelb of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
Impact: It appears the Phillies are simply taking it easy on the 23-year-old Hammer after he compiled 71.1 innings in his second professional season -- nearly double his total from 2016 -- before taking part in the Arizona Fall League. Acquired from the Rockies last July, Hammer quickly distinguished himself as one of the Phillies' top relief prospects in the lower minors after posting a 0.57 ERA, 0.66 WHIP and 20:2 K:BB in 15.2 innings at High-A Clearwater following the trade.
News: Eflin (shoulder) said Monday that he had a normal offseason and won't face any limitations in spring training, Matt Gelb of The Athletic Philadelphia reports. "I was able to focus on things I need to get better at as opposed to just trying to get healthy," Eflin said, when asked about his offseason program. "Now that I'm healthy, I'm able to participate in everything and actually feel like I'm growing and getting stronger. It all feels like it's coming together."
Impact: Working back from the right shoulder impingement that resulted in Eflin being shut down for the last six weeks of the past season was nothing compared to what he had to endure the offseason before that, when he was rehabbing two surgically repaired knees. Eflin came back from the double-knee procedure to make 11 starts for the Phillies in 2017 and largely underwhelmed in those outings, finishing with a 6.16 ERA (6.10 FIP) across 64.1 innings. Despite his poor showing last season, Eflin remains in the mix for a rotation role this spring with only three pitchers (Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez) guaranteed starting spots at the moment. However, the Phillies haven't ruled out the possibility of signing a veteran starter to supplement the young arms atop the rotation, a move that would likely close Eflin's window to opening the season with the big club.
News: Hernandez's job seems safe for the moment as the Phillies are working to increase top prospect Scott Kingery's positional flexibility, The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hernandez has been one of the Phillies' best players over the past few seasons, but his role seems potentially under threat by Kingery, who shares his position and is nearly big-league ready. There was some thought that Hernandez might have to move to a utility role, one which he filled for the first few years of his major-league career. However, the report that it's Kingery who has been working out at different positions seems to suggest that Hernandez is not necessarily going to lose out on a lot of playing time when Kingery is eventually called up.
News: Kingery will get some time at third base as well as potentially shortstop and center field this spring, The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Phillies' incumbent second baseman, Cesar Hernandez, has been one of their better players over the last few seasons, so the Phillies won't want to bench him to make room for Kingery. His easiest path to playing time may be at third base, where Maikel Franco has disappointed at the big-league level. Increasing Kingery's flexibility will give him multiple routes to major-league playing time, and while he still appears unlikely to break camp with the Phillies, he should be up at some point in the middle of the season and will have the ability to receive starts at several different positions.