Former Phillies shortstop, scout, coach Ruben Amaro Sr. dies at 81

Former Phillies shortstop, scout, coach Ruben Amaro Sr. dies at 81

Former Phillies shortstop, scout and first base coach Ruben Amaro Sr. died Friday at 81, just one week after the passing of former Phillies manager Dallas Green.

Amaro, the father of former Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., was with the Phillies from 1960 to 1965, winning a Gold Glove in 1964. He rejoined the organization in 1972 and became the Phillies' first full-time Caribbean scout. He was their Latin American coordinator from 1974-80 and then served as the first base coach for Green's teams in 1980 and 1981. 

As the head of Latin operations, Amaro Sr. was instrumental in the Phillies' signings of Juan Samuel, Julio Franco and George Bell.

His fingerprints were all over the organization.

"As a young fan in the early 1960s, I had the privilege of watching the amazing grace of Ruben Amaro Sr. as he played shortstop for the Phillies. Ten years later, Ruben was my professional colleague at the Phillies," Phillies chairman David Montgomery said in a statement.

"He was a joy to be around because he treated people with the same special grace he exhibited fielding a ground ball."

Amaro Sr., a member of both the Mexico and Cuba Baseball Halls of Fame, is survived by his wife Lilia, his five children and seven grandchildren.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera sits again; struggling Tommy Joseph slides

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Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera sits again; struggling Tommy Joseph slides

The Phillies will be without their best hitter for a third straight game.

Because of a nagging left hamstring, Odubel Herrera is not in the lineup Thursday night when the Phillies kick off a four-game series against the Giants at AT&T Park.

The Phillies' centerfielder, who is considered day to day, is slashing .379/.431/.636 with three homers, two triples, four doubles and 10 RBIs over his 17-game hitting streak.

To replace Herrera, Nick Williams will see another start in center field, while Hyun Soo Kim plays right field. Williams moves up to third in the lineup, where Rhys Hoskins hit Wednesday. Hoskins, who has three homers over his last three games, will hit cleanup, followed by the struggling Maikel Franco, who is 4 for his last 30 (.133).

Meanwhile, Tommy Joseph slides to the seven-hole. The first baseman is 1 for his last 16 and hasn't homered in 18 games.

In roster news, the Phillies selected the contract of utility man Pedro Florimon from Triple A Lehigh Valley. To make a spot for him on the 40-man roster, right-hander Pedro Beato was designated for assignment.

Fortunately for the Phillies tonight, Aaron Nola takes the ball and opposes Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija. For more on the game, read Corey Seidman's game notes right here (see story).

Here are the lineups:

Phillies
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, CF
4. Rhys Hoskins, LF
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Hyun Soo Kim, RF
7. Tommy Joseph, 1B
8. Cameron Rupp, C
9. Aaron Nola, P

Giants
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Hunter Pence, RF
3. Jarrett Park, LF
4. Hunter Posey, C
5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
6. Brandon Crawford, SS
7. Ryder Jones, 1B
8. Kelby Tomlinson, 2B
9. Jeff Samardzija, P

Phillies outfield prospect Carlos Tocci promoted to Triple A

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Phillies outfield prospect Carlos Tocci promoted to Triple A

Phillies outfield prospect Carlos Tocci, who it seems like has been in the organization forever, was promoted Thursday from Double A Reading to Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Tocci, who turns 22 on Aug. 23, has been in the Phillies' organization since he was 16 years old. He's taken some pretty big steps forward offensively the last three seasons as he's gained muscle and experience, and this season he's hit a career-best .307/.362/.398 in 474 plate appearances.

Recent promotions to the majors of Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams and Cameron Perkins have created openings in the Lehigh Valley lineup. Tocci will likely play center field, where he's committed just one error in 801⅓ innings this season.

Tocci will likely be added to the Phillies' 40-man roster this winter to prevent another team from plucking him away in December's Rule 5 draft. The Phils may have to make a decision between Tocci and oft-injured Roman Quinn (see story), though there are several other replaceable players on the 40.