Phillies agree to deal with top Draft pick
Announcement on Biddle signing could come Thursday
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have reached agreement with first-round Draft pick Jesse Biddle, a team source said Wednesday.
Biddle, a left-handed pitcher from Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, was taken with the 27th pick in the first round. An announcement could come Thursday.
Biddle, who is 6-foot-5 and weighs 225 pounds, went 9-2 with a 1.06 ERA in his senior season. He struck out 140 in 59 1/3 innings. He allowed just 21 hits and 29 walks. He went 5-0 with an 0.64 ERA as a junior, striking out 61 in 33 innings. Biddle throws a fastball around 94 mph. He also has a curveball, slider and changeup.
Manuel, Werth clear the air
PHILADELPHIA -- There is nothing to see here. Keep moving.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and right fielder Jayson Werth said everything is cool. Werth got upset at comments Manuel made before Tuesday's game that Werth might be pressing at the plate because of his impending free agency.
Werth is hitting .140 (8-for-57) with two home runs and six RBIs in his past 17 games, and .185 (17-for-91) with four homers and 13 RBIs in 26 games since May 7. Manuel did not start Werth on Tuesday and did not plan to start him Wednesday, although Wednesday's game was postponed because of rain.
Manuel said Werth will be in the lineup Thursday.
Manuel and Werth spoke on Tuesday and again Wednesday.
"I definitely didn't mean to say anything negative at all," Manuel said. "I want him to play good. I want him to have the best season he possibly could have. I think I was talking about how good he can be and how good he is. That's all I've got to say."
Werth said he's fine with Manuel, and said everything was blown out of proportion.
Time running out to vote at Citizens Bank Park
PHILADELPHIA -- Thursday is the last day for Phillies fans to cast their All-Star Game ballots at Citizens Bank Park.
Chase Utley and Placido Polanco lead at second base and third base, respectively. Jayson Werth is fourth amongst outfielders. Jimmy Rollins is second amongst shortstops.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites using the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot sponsored by Sprint until July 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Sprint subscribers can now vote on the go with select Sprint devices. They can learn more about how to vote on their smart phones at MLB.com/Sprint.
Starting rosters will be announced during the 2010 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 4. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2010 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.
The Phillies announced a couple injury updates Wednesday. Pitcher J.A. Happ (strained left forearm) will make a rehab start Sunday for Double-A Reading. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins (strained right calf) will work out with the team Thursday before beginning workouts Friday in Florida. He will begin a rehab assignment Monday for Class A Clearwater.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.