The Phillies had a scheduled off day.
Off Day News
The Phillies designated infielder Jayson Nix for assignment. Nix was acquired right before the season when the team needed a backup shortstop. Unfortunately, Nix’s offense was poor (.154 batting average), and his defense wasn’t strong enough to justify a roster spot.
The Phillies have yet to announce who will replace him on the roster. Darin Ruf is a possibility, but he may need more minor league at bats before he is ready. Cesar Hernandez is another possibility. Hernandez has a major league quality bat, but he had been sent to the minors so he could work on playing shortstop.
Los Angeles Angels (19-18) at Philadelphia Phillies (17-19)
Game time: 7:05 PM
The Los Angeles Angels pay a rare visit to Philadelphia. The two teams haven’t played since 2008 when the Angels swept the Phillies in a three-game series.
Phillies starter Cliff Lee will have his hands full, as the Angels bring along plenty of offense, featuring stars like Albert Pujols and Mike Trout. Trout seems to have seized the unofficial title of “best player in baseball,” and Phillies fans should all be very nice to him in case he ever decides he wants to play closer to home later in his career.
The Angels will send Matt Shoemaker to the mound. This will be Shoemaker’s first start of the season. His three previous appearances have come in relief.
Link of Interest
The Phillies have had some trouble developing quality relief pitchers in recent years, but many believe that Ken Giles may reverse that trend. The young flame thrower was recently promoted to Triple A, meaning it may be only a matter of time before he’s (hopefully) providing the Phillies bullpen with a solid late inning option.
Tweet of Importance
Millville shuts down tonight as Mike Trout returns w/ the Angels to play the Phillies. Look for Millville colors Orange & Blue in the crowd
— jeff kolakowski (@jdkolakowski) May 13, 2014
I imagine there might be a pretty good crowd there tonight.
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