Hernandez is working with Mickey Morandini, the Phillies' baserunning coach, on addressing some of the mental errors that plagued him on the bases last season, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Appel said he is able to get more extension when throwing now that he is pitching without bone spurs in his elbow, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports. "I think a big thing for me, and really pitchers in general, is the amount of extension you get when you're throwing the ball," Appel said. "I think it helps with velocity, it helps with control, it helps just with the stress that goes through your elbow. When I had bone spurs, it really limited that range."