(12/29/2009) The Nationals have agreed with infielder Eric Bruntlett and first baseman Josh Whitesell on minor league contracts for 2010. Both players received invitations to major league spring training. The 31-year-old Bruntlett played the past two seasons with the Phillies and was part of their 2008 World Series championship team. He hit .171 in 72 games for Philadelphia last season and has a .231 career average with 11 homers and 72 RBI over seven seasons with the Phillies and Houston. The 27-year-old Whitesell hit .194 in 46 games with Arizona last season. He played in seven games for the Diamondbacks in 2008, his first season in the majors. Whitesell was drafted by the Nationals organization in 2003, when it was still the Montreal Expos.
(5/20/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: OF Matt Stairs figures to get more at-bats this weekend when the Phillies face the Yankees in an interleague series at Yankee Stadium. Then again, maybe not. Manager Charlie Manuel said the lefty-swinging Stairs won't be the designated hitter against left-handed pitchers, and the Yankees are slated to start LHPs Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia in two of the three games. It's possible the Phillies could call up a right-handed hitter from the minors. Otherwise, they would have to use either Eric Bruntlett or backup C Chris Coste as a DH.
Bruntlett scores Phillies' one run
(4/6/2009) Phillies SS Eric Bruntlett appeared as a pinch hitter Sunday in the season opener against the Braves and hit a double. He also scored the team's lone run on the day.
Bruntlett hits second spring homer
(3/30/2009) Phillies INF Eric Bruntlett tagged Mike Hampton on Monday against the Astros for his second spring home run. Bruntlett went 3-for-4 in the game as he got the start at third. He drove in four runs and scored twice. He's batting .364 on the spring.
Bruntlett continues hitting barrage
(3/23/2009) Phillies SS Eric Bruntlett had another nice day at the plate on Monday against the New York Yankees. Bruntlett went 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot for the Phillies and scored twice, driving in a run. He raised his spring batting average to .340.
Bruntlett homers on Saturday
(3/21/2009) The Phillies couldn't score on Saturday against the Twins until until SS Eric Bruntlett homered with two outs in the ninth. Bruntlett came on late to play first for Ryan Howard and homered, his first of the spring, in his only at bat. He's batting .333 in 45 at bats this spring.
Bruntlett running wild this spring
(3/8/2009) Phillies SS Eric Bruntlett, a candidate to get some starts at third base early this season if Pedro Feliz (back) opens on the DL, stole his fifth base of the spring Sunday at the Braves. At the plate, he went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
Phils need RH-hitting 3B option
(3/3/2009) From the The Sports Xchange: Even though Phillies 3B Pedro Feliz might not be ready to open the season after Nov. 20 back surgery, manager Charlie Manuel still plans to use Greg Dobbs almost exclusively against right-handed pitchers. UTL Eric Bruntlett, prized infield prospect Jason Donald and veterans Marcus Giles, Pablo Ozuna and Miguel Cairo figure to play third base against lefties during spring training. "Is (Dobbs) going to play regular against lefties? That's going to be kind of tough," Manuel said. "At the same time, you don't ever say no. That wouldn't be right. But more than likely, he'll get anywhere from 200 to 300 at-bats (this season). If he gets more, that's fine because he's a good hitter and a tremendous pinch hitter. That's kind of like where he's at. I think I know what Dobbs can do."
Phils, Bruntlett avoid arbitration
(12/15/2008) Ten players eligible for arbitration agreed to contracts, including Washington outfielder Willie Harris, who got a $3 million, two-year deal. The Chicago Cubs agreed to one-year contracts with outfielder Reed Johnson ($3 million), right-hander Chad Gaudin ($2 million) and left-hander Neal Cotts ($1.1 million), and the Phillies reached one-year agreements with infielder Eric Bruntlett ($800,000) and right-hander Clay Condrey ($650,000). Also agreeing to one-year contracts were Kansas City infielder Esteban German ($1.2 million), Detroit infielder Ramon Santiago ($825,000), White Sox outfielder DeWayne Wise ($550,000) and Oakland catcher Rob Bowen ($535,000).
Bruntlett, Donald to be stopgaps
(11/20/2008) GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said he does not expect to go outside of the organization for help at second base, amid news Chase Utley needs hip surgery that could keep him out until May. Utility infielder Eric Bruntlett and prospect Jason Donald will likely hold down the position in Utley's absence, Amaro said.
Bruntlett rips RBI double in win
(8/6/2008) Phillies SS Eric Bruntlett had a RBI double in a 5-0 win Wednesday against the Marlins. He finished 2-for-3 with one walk and now has seven doubles this season. Bruntlett had his first multi-hit game since July 24 and had just two hits in his previous nine games.
Bruntlett gets a chance to fill in
(7/25/2008)The Sports Xchange notes that Eric Bruntlett was taking extra swings in the batting cage Thursday when manager Charlie Manuel told him he would be starting at shortstop in place of Jimmy Rollins, who had been removed from the lineup after showing up nearly an hour late. Bruntlett, a utility player who had only one hit in 16 at-bats dating to June 22, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and eclipsed his career high with 36 hits in a season.
Bruntlett fills in for Rollins nicely
(7/24/2008) Phillies SS Eric Bruntlett, filling in for late scratch Jimmy Rollins, went 3-for-4 with two doubles in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Mets.
Bruntlett not getting enough at-bats
(5/31/2008) Phillies SS Eric Bruntlett, who earned a spot on the bench after filling in for Jimmy Rollins when he was on the DL, hasn't gotten more than one at-bat in a game since Rollins came off. He has one hit in nine at-bats since May 8.
Bruntlett has earned place on team
(5/8/2008) Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said SS Eric Bruntlett, who started with Jimmy Rollins on the DL, has earned a spot on the roster. After a slow start, Bruntlett was 7-for-18 with eight RBI in the recent four-game series at Arizona. He singled twice off Brandon Webb on Thursday.
Bruntlett solid in Rollins' absence
(5/7/2008) Phillies fill-in shortstop Eric Bruntlett has hit safely in 13 of his past 14 games (16-for-53, .302). He has two doubles, a triple and a homer in that span.
Bruntlett hits .200 on Sunday
(5/4/2008) Phillies SS Eric Bruntlett had just a single in five at-bats Sunday against the Giants, but scored twice in a 6-5 win. Bruntlett has hit safely in 11 of the last 12 games (12-for-43). He has three RBI in that span.
Bruntlett to stay in starting role
(4/20/2008) Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday for the first time in his eight-year career because of a sprained left ankle. Last year's NL MVP hurt the ankle on April 8 against the Mets while scrambling back to second base on a pickoff play. Rollins has not started a game since he was hurt, but had pinch-hit four times, including Saturday's game against New York. The Phillies also placed outfielder Chris Snelling (left knee inflammation) on the disabled list. The Phillies recalled infielder Brad Harman from Double-A Reading and outfielder T.J. Bohn from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Eric Bruntlett is expected to see most of the starts at shortstop with Rollins sidelined.
Bruntlett plays better Thursday
(4/11/2008)Jimmy Rollins was missing from the starting lineup for the second successive game because of a sprained left ankle. He struck out as a pinch-hitter against Billy Wagner leading off the ninth. The Phillies played errorless ball one night after a sloppy performance without Rollins. Eric Bruntlett filled in at shortstop again after making two of Philadelphia's four errors Wednesday night -- both in a six-run third inning.
(3/4/2008) Phillies INF Eric Bruntlett, considered a strong fielder and mediocre hitter, is off to a hot start at the plate this spring, according to The Sports Xchange. After his 3-for-4, two-RBI day Monday, he is batting .429.
Bruntlett, Phils avoid arbitration
(2/8/2008) Infielder Eric Bruntlett and Philadelphia agreed on a $600,000, one-year contract. Bruntlett had requested $800,000 in arbitration. He can earn up to $200,000 in performance bonuses. The 29-year-old utilityman came to Philadelphia along with closer Brad Lidge in a trade with Houston last November.
Phils tender contract to Bruntlett
(2/7/2008) The Phillies signed UTL Eric Bruntlett to a one-year contract Thursday.
Astros deal UTL Bruntlett to Philly
(11/8/2007) The Phillies acquired closer Brad Lidge from Houston along with infielder Eric Bruntlett on Wednesday night. The Astros received speedy outfielder Michael Bourn, right-hander Geoff Geary and minor league 3B Mike Costanzo.
Bruntlett loses out on at-bats
(9/3/2007) Manager Cecil Cooper acknowledges that it might be more difficult to know how many innings he'll find for the pitchers the Astros call up, but he does plan to play Cody Ransom at shortstop to see what he can do once he joins the team Tuesday. To that end, Cooper will likely sit down and explain his plans to backup shortstop Eric Bruntlett and current starter Mark Loretta. By playing Josh Anderson in the outfield and Ransom at short, Cooper hopes to help the Astros plan for 2008. "You need to know what these guys can do," Cooper said. "We need to find out. I think the sooner the better, and I think the organization can make decisions to see who's coming back. ... It gives us a chance to get kind of an evaluation on (Anderson) in these circumstances. They'll get as much as possible. And we have to make sure the veterans kind of understand if somebody is playing a particular day and the veterans aren't playing."
Bruntlett struggles at short
(8/2/2007) With his three errors at Atlanta on Tuesday night, including two in the eighth, SS Eric Bruntlett became one of seven major league players to commit three or more errors in a game this season.
Astros to audition in center
(7/25/2007) Jason Lane, just up from Triple A Round Rock to replace Hunter Pence (wrist), started Tuesday in center field. Manager Phil Garner says several players will vie for playing time in that spot including Eric Bruntlett, Lane, Chris Burke and Luke Scott "in that order."
Bruntlett records first RBI
(6/27/2007) Astros INF Eric Bruntlett went 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI during Wednesday's game against the Brewers. It was his first RBI of the season since his recall June 15.
Bruntlett gets a start at SS
(6/17/2007) SS Eric Bruntlett made his first start of the season on Sunday. He got his first hit on a single to center field in the eighth inning. He was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday after Adam Everett was placed on the disabled list with a broken leg.
Bruntlett joins team Friday
(6/16/2007)The Sports Xchange reports that Astros UTL Eric Bruntlett, recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday when shortstop Adam Everett broke his leg, joined the team Friday. Because the Express played a night game Thursday, Bruntlett had an idea he might be on his way to Houston. "The (Astros) game was going and we were getting ready for a night game," he said. "They had the game up on the Jumbotron screen and the guys sitting in the booth said Adam Everett broke his leg and they were guessing Bruntlett was going to come up."
Bruntlett to see at bats
(6/16/2007) After losing SS Adam Everett to a broken leg Thursday night, the Astros called up Eric Bruntlett from Triple-A Round Rock. Garner says he'll play Mark Loretta at short as well as Bruntlett, who found out about his old friend Everett on the scoreboard at Round Rock during the Express game against New Orleans on Thursday night. "It was kind of weird," Bruntlett said. "The TV announcer said they would probably bring me up. But that's just TV guys. I didn't know until after the game I was coming up."
Bruntlett scuffling in minors
(5/2/2007) Eric Bruntlett is just 17-for-85 (.200) through 23 games with Triple-A Round Rock with two doubles, a triple and five RBI.
Four Astros cut on Saturday
(3/31/2007) Houston set its 25-man roster on Saturday by purchasing the contracts of relievers Rick White and Brian Moehler from Round Rock and optioning pitchers Matt Albers and Fernando Nieve and shortstop Eric Bruntlett to the Triple-A team. The Astros also reassigned catcher Eric Munson to Round Rock.
Bruntlett running out of time
(3/25/2007) Astros GM Tim Purpura said he expects it will take the remainder of camp to decide the club's remaining key roster questions, including who starts in right field and the last two spots in pitching rotation. The Astros likely will carry 12 pitchers, considering RHP Woody Williams is unlikely to go deep into the games and the uncertainty at the back of the rotation. That would make it difficult to find a place for UT Eric Bruntlett.
Bruntlett to report on Saturday
(2/23/2007) According to the team's official site, Astros INF Eric Bruntlett is expected to report to camp on Saturday, having received an excused absence because of the birth of his first child. Bruntlett's wife, Eden, gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday.
Bruntlett on the bubble
(2/14/2007) According to the team's official site, Astros UTL Eric Bruntlett is on the bubble entering spring training in regards to earning a roster spot. Bruntlett, who can play seven positions, has an option remaining on his contract. But because he has been on the 40-man roster for three years, he would first have to clear waivers before the team can send him to the minors. Leaving him open for other teams to grab him off waivers. Bruntlett appeared to be on his way to earning a roster spot before the team signed Mark Loretta in the offseason. Because of the signing, Bruntlett might not have a spot on the team. That could change depending on what the team decides to do with Jason Lane, who also has an option left but the same three-year rule applies.
Bruntlett still a reserve OF
(2/6/2007) MLB.com notes that Chris Burke is still expected to open camp as the starting center fielder for Houston, with Jason Lane and Eric Bruntlett also options if he fails.
Astros re-sign UTL Bruntlett
(12/24/2006) Utility infielder Eric Bruntlett and the Astros agreed Friday to a $525,000, one-year contract, up from $365,000 last season. Bruntlett hit .277 with a career-high 33 hits and eight doubles in 2006. He was Houston's top pinch-hitter, with a .412 average. Bruntlett also contributed in the field, playing six different positions -- all three outfield spots and every infield position but first base. The 28-year-old Bruntlett was optioned Aug. 2 to Triple-A Round Rock, where he hit .219 with a home run and seven RBI in 22 games. He rejoined the Astros on Aug. 28 and hit .370 in September.
Astros bring up Bruntlett
(8/28/2006) The Astros recalled utility infielder Eric Bruntlett and catcher Humberto Quintero from Round Rock on Monday and optioned catcher J.R. House and pitcher Chris Sampson to the Triple-A affiliate.
Bruntlett sent down to minors
(8/2/2006) Houston infielder Eric Bruntlett was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday.
Bruntlett starts vs. Cubs' lefty
(7/6/2006) Astros INF Eric Bruntlett started at shortstop Wednesday in place of Adam Everett, whom manager Phil Garner said may be getting more days off against left-handers. LHP Sean Marshall started for the Cubs. Everett entered Wednesday hitting .188 (9-for-48) against left-handers, while Bruntlett was hitting .455 (10-for-22). He went 0-for-4 and is hitless in his last 10 AB.
Bruntlett gets rare 3B start
(6/14/2006) 3b Morgan Ensberg, who missed the previous two games with a bruised right shoulder, was out of the Astros' starting lineup again Tuesday night but hoped to return to the field Wednesday. "I feel better. I can bring my arm parallel to the ground," Ensberg said. "I hope I wake up tomorrow and I feel great." Eric Bruntlett got the start at third Tuesday night.
Bruntlett needs little warmup
(4/11/2006) Eric Bruntlett, the Astros' reserve infielder, hit a pinch-hit, game-winning sacrifice fly against Washington Monday. "He's tremendous," said Lance Berkman. "The thing that makes him so good is he can sit over there for a week with almost no activity, and when you call upon him, he's always ready to go."
Bruntlett signs one-year deal
(3/2/2006) 2B Eric Bruntlett officially signed a one-year deal with Houston. He had reported to camp and took batting practice three days ahead of the team's first scheduled full-squad workout. Taveras might have had to sit for the recently signed Preston Wilson, whose pop is sorely needed, but the fact Jeff Bagwell is on the outs helps his cause.
Astros' UTL Bruntlett reports early
(2/22/2006) OF Jason Lane and Willy Taveras and UTL Eric Bruntlett and Chris Burke reported to camp and took batting practice Tuesday, three days ahead of the team's first scheduled full-squad workout. Taveras might have had to sit for the recently signed Preston Wilson, whose pop is sorely needed, but the fact Jeff Bagwell is on the outs helps his cause.
(9/19/2005) CF Eric Bruntlett set a career best with four runs scored and tied three highs with his fourth homer of the season and three hits in the game. Manager Phil Garner called him "our secret weapon." Told of the comment, Bruntlett said, "I guess I'm a secret but I don't know how much of a weapon I am."
INF Bruntlett gets rare start
(5/8/2005) Eric Bruntlett made his first start of the season at second base with Craig Biggio getting a regular day off. Bruntlett went 0-for-3 Sunday and is now 0-for-12 on the season.
Bruntlett recalled on Tuesday
(8/10/2004) Eric Bruntlett was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday.
Bruntlett sent down Sunday
(6/28/2004) The Houston Chronicle reports that Eric Bruntlett was sent down to Triple-A New Orleans Sunday to make room for the expected return of Andy Pettitte (forearm) from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
Bruntlett hits first home run
(6/20/2004) Eric Bruntlett went 1-for-3 with his first home run of the season on Sunday against Anaheim.
Bruntlett recalled Tuesday
(6/15/2004) Eric Bruntlett was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday.
Bruntlett recalled on Sunday
(9/1/2003) The Astros recalled Eric Bruntlett from Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday.
Bruntlett optioned to Triple-A
(8/21/2003) The Astros optioned Eric Bruntlett to Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday.
Bruntlett to be demoted
(8/21/2003) Eric Bruntlett will be sent down to Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday to make room for Jose Vizcaino (forearm) on the roster, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Bruntlett gets start
(7/19/2003) Eric Bruntlett went 1-for-5 at Cincinnati on Friday. He started place of Adam Everett (hand).
Bruntlett starts at shortstop
(7/7/2003) Eric Bruntlett got the start at shortstop on Monday after Adam Everett suffered a mild concussion in warmups. Bruntlett responded by going 1-for-4 with two RBI and his first-career home run.
Eric Bruntlett recalled
(6/25/2003) The Astros recalled Bruntlett from Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday.
Bruntlett to be called up
(6/25/2003) The Houston Chronicle reports that Eric Bruntlett will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to replace Jose Vizcaino (broken wrist) on the roster on Wednesday.