Roenicke furious over ruling on Howard's error


Roenicke furious over ruling on Howard's error

The Phillies' 9-4 loss Wednesday night gave the Brewers their first 5-0 road start to a season in 27 years, but still, Ron Roenicke was ticked off upon returning to his office in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park.

Milwaukee's manager was upset with the official scoring on Logan Schafer's game-winning RBI in the eighth inning.

Schafer's ground ball gave the Brewers a 5-4 lead after appearing to deflect off Ryan Howard's glove into right field. The play was ruled an error on Howard. Schafer got credit for the RBI but not the hit. That didn't sit well with Roenicke, who without being prompted voiced his displeasure with the ruling.

"I mean, this is ridiculous," Roenicke said before taking questions. "The Schafer ball, that's ridiculous. It was ridiculous last night on [Ben] Revere's ball in center field. Is this the way this [scorer] is or what? Something needs to be done about it."

Sorry skip, but even upon further review it still looks like an error. At least one out would have been recorded had Howard fielded the ball cleanly and either tagged first base or thrown directly home.

Even Schafer himself concurred.

"I thought it was [an error], too," Schafer said. "But who cares? We got the win. The only thing that changes is my numbers and [Antonio] Bastardo's."

The error was the Phillies' sixth in their last three games. The Phils have allowed more unearned runs in those three games (10) than any team in baseball has allowed all season. 

So those numbers would have changed, too. 


Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

Phillies tender contracts to 3 players as Cody Asche becomes free agent

The Phillies tendered contracts to three arbitration-eligible players on Friday night and set another free.
Reliever Jeanmar Gomez and infielders Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis were tendered contracts for the 2017 season while outfielder Cody Asche was let go after four seasons with the club. 
The Phillies signaled their intention to let Asche go when they designated him for assignment, a move that removed him from the 40-man roster, on Friday afternoon. The club had the option of trading Asche — and likely had discussions with other clubs — but ultimately decided to non-tender him before the 8 p.m. deadline. The move made Asche a free agent.
The Phils had removed Asche from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for David Rollins, a left-handed reliever who was claimed off waivers from Texas on Friday (see story)
Galvis and Hernandez, the team’s regular shortstop and second baseman, respectively, were certain to receive contracts for 2017. Gomez was less certain. He saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but struggled badly late in the season.
Phillies officials will try to negotiate 2017 salaries with all three players. If an agreement cannot be reached with a player, an arbitration hearing will be held later in the winter to determine that player’s salary for the coming season.
Gomez made $1.4 million in 2016, Galvis $2 million and Hernandez $525,000. According to, Gomez projects to make $4.6 million in arbitration, Galvis $4.4 million and Hernandez $2.5 million. 

The Phillies' roster is full at 40.

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Phillies DFA OF Cody Asche, claim LHP David Rollins off waivers

Cody Asche's time with the Phillies has come to an end.

The Phillies claimed LHP David Rollins off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Asche was designated for assignment. The Phillies had until 8 p.m. on Friday to tender a contract to the outfielder, but they instead chose to free up the roster spot for Rollins.

Asche played four seasons with the Phillies from 2013-16 after he was drafted in the fourth round in 2011. The St. Charles, Mo. native had a .213/.284/.350 batting line this past season over 71 games. His best season with the Phillies came as their starting third baseman in 2014, hitting 10 home runs and driving home 46 runs in 121 games.

Rollins has been on four different rosters this offseason. He pitched 31 games in relief for the Seattle Mariners over the last two seasons, sporting a 7.60 ERA over 34 1/3 innings. He was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs 15 days after the World Series and then subsequently claimed again by the Rangers. 

Rollins was a 24th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011 MLB Draft and was traded a year later to the Houston Astros. Prior to the 2015 season, the Mariners picked Rollins in the Rule 5 draft after the Astros chose not to protect him.