• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Phillies SP prospect Jesse Biddle (elbow) going for second opinion

    Phillies starting pitcher prospect Jesse Biddle is seeking a second opinion on his sore elbow after being examined by team doctor Michael Ciccotti, CSN Philadelphia reports. Interim GM Scott Proefrock would not say what the results were of the exam with Ciccotti. He only would say "there's some concern" about Biddle's elbow. Biddle was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley at the end of August with what was called a left shoulder strain at the time.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Phillies' Jesse Biddle among six sent down to minor-league camp

    Phillies left-hander Jesse Biddle was among the six players optioned to minor-league camp on Monday, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. Adam Morgan, Ethan Martin, and Sean O'Sullivan, catcher John Hester and Aaron Altherr were also sent down with Biddle.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Phillies want Jesse Biddle to 'fill the strike zone better'

    Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure said that pitching prospect Jesse Biddle is still growing as a pitcher but needs to trust his stuff, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "I want to see him fill the zone up," he said. "He's got too good of stuff to be picking or fooling around. He's got three major-league pitches, and I'd like to see him fill the zone up better. It's too many balls, too many high pitches." McClure added that Biddle's goal this season should be to become a "strike-throwing machine." Biddle made 16 starts for Double-A Reading in 2014, going 3-10 with a 5.05 ERA and 80:44 K:BB ratio in 82 innings.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Phillies still hopeful Jesse Biddle will develop into MLB starter

    Phillies pitching coach Bob McClure has been impressed early on in camp with starting pitcher prospect Jesse Biddle, according to CSNphilly.com. "Very impressive," McClure said. "When you have that type of arm and you see a guy be able to control everything, it's fun to watch. Of course, it's not to Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels yet, but I mean, you can see it getting there someday possibly if he goes about everything right. It's impressive to watch. The accuracy, the flow, how easy it was just to throw that hard. It looks really good." Biddle is coming off a down year in 2014, which included taking time off for what general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. termed a "mental break, and is no longer considered one of the Phillies' top prospects. However, the team remains hopeful he will be able to bounce back. "I think it's an important year for him because last year was a tough one and he's got some things to overcome," Amaro said. "But if and when he does, he's going to be a quality product."We love his stuff. We think he's got a chance to be a very productive major-league pitcher. It's just a matter of getting back on track."

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Phils to add P Jesse Biddle to 40-man roster

    The Phillies will add starting pitching prospect Jesse Biddle to their 40-man roster Thursday, reports Philly.com. Biddle's recent elbow trouble has been diagnosed as mild tendinitis, the report said. Biddle went 5-10 with a 4.58 ERA in 19 starts among three levels of the minors.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle headed for MRI on elbow injury

    Phillies starting pitcher prospect Jesse Biddle is headed to Philadelphia for an MRI on his sore elbow. Biddle was playing winter ball in Puerto Rico. "We don't believe it's anything serious. We just have to be cautious," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, per the Philadelphia Daily News. Biddle, who entered last season as a top-100 prospect, struggled in 2014. He went 5-10 with a 4.58 ERA in 19 starts between three levels in the minors, and was even placed on the inactive list for a bit at Double-A Reading.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Jesse Biddle back in action Saturday

    Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle returned to action Saturday, tossing two innings with the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate. On Double-A Reading's temporary inactive list, Biddle has been out since June 23 to clear his mind of the negative thoughts he was having, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Working at the team's spring-training complex in the interim, the prospect has spoken to Roy Halladay, who also underwent mental issues in his career. Biddle is expected to remain with the Gulf Coast League affiliate for at least one more outing.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Jesse Biddle on inactive list at Double-A

    Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle has been placed on the temporary inactive list at Double-A Reading, though The Philadelphia Inquirer reports no immediate explanation has been given. Biddle has been in a big slump recently, posting a 12.64 ERA in his last four starts, and has a 5.03 ERA overall in 15 starts.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Jesse Biddle posts two straight double-digit strikeout games

    Phillies starting pitcher prospect Jesse Biddle won a second straight start for Double-A Reading, as he struck out at least 10 batters for a second straight outing during a 1-0 win against Richmond Wednesday. Biddle tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk. He struck out 10 batters and has 21 strikeouts in his last two starts (14 innings). Biddle is 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA and .213 opponents' batting average in five starts. He's struck out 38 batters and walked seven, while allowing three home runs in 28 1/3 innings.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Jesse Biddle sent down to minor-league camp

    Phillies pitcher Jesse Biddle was reassigned to minor-league camp on Saturday. He allowed four runs over three innings pitched in two appearances this spring.