Philadelphia Phillies Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Williams (shoulder, hand) remains on the bench Friday against the Braves.
Impact: Williams will sit for the seventh time in eight games. He's been battling a shoulder injury that dates back to early August and a hand issue that dates back to early September. Odubel Herrera will be the right fielder Friday, with Roman Quinn in center.
News: Franco (neck, shoulder) remains out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Braves, Todd Zolecki of reports.
Impact: Franco has started just one of the Phillies' last 18 games while battling wrist, neck and shoulder injuries. On Monday, manager Gabe Kapler called him three or four days away, but four days have now passed and he remains out. Carlos Santana will start at third base Friday, with Justin Bour at first.
News: Stewart finished a promising season for Low-A Lakewood with a 2.03 ERA in 20 starts.
Impact: Stewart, the Phillies' 20th-round pick in the 2015 draft, recorded a modest 20.5 percent strikeout rate but an excellent walk rate (4.8 percent) and groundball rate (62.1 percent). That groundball rate was the highest in the South Atlantic League. The 21-year-old is a lefty with a sinker that sits between 88 and 94 mph and a promising changeup. That's a profile which often loses its effectiveness as the pitcher starts facing more advanced hitters, but Stewart has done all he can so far.
News: Llovera closed the season strong at High-A Clearwater, lasting at least six innings in each of his final six starts while recording 48:7 K:BB and a 1.91 ERA over that span.
Impact: The 22-year-old finished with good numbers in 121 innings for Clearwater, recording a 3.72 ERA overall, backed up by a 27.0 percent strikeout rate and a 6.7 percent walk rate. Listed at just 5-foot-11, he could end up in the bullpen, especially as his fastball can reach triple digits in shorter stints. If he keeps having success in the rotation, however, he could eventually reach the big leagues as a backend starter.