Harper is Latest Phillies Player to Hit the Injured List

The Phillies have been battling injuries non-stop as of late.  The lineup has been without three of their top players (and most expensive players) in Didi Gregorius, J.T. Realmuto and outfielder Bryce Harper.  Both Gregorius and Realmuto already occupied spaces on the Injured List.  Now Harper will join them.

The Phillies announced Tuesday afternoon that Harper was placed on the 10-Day Injured List, retroactive to May 23.  

Taking his place on the roster is Roman Quinn.  The Phillies have been without Quinn since May 4. In a failed bunt attempt, Quinn got a laceration on his right hand that required nine stitches.  

The Phillies are giving Odubel Herrera the start in center on Tuesday night, with Brad Miller occupying left field and Matt Joyce in right field.  


2021 Phillies: Trading for a Starter


By Tal Venada, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

In six weeks, Dave Dombrowki, president of baseball operations, will finish reevaluating the Philadelphia Phillies rotation. And if --if-- an in-house candidate doesn’t claim the fourth slot, he’ll acquire, perhaps, a salary-dumped arm from an out-of-contention franchise.  


Reality Trumps Velocity:

Competing on the highest plateau requires maximum effort including preparation, mental strength, and a pitcher’s good luck because each level is more psychologically demanding. To illustrate this game speed, Joe Wilson, a college senior, isn’t batting; but Freddie Freeman is with Ronald Acuna Jr. on second base.      


“I remember going from rookie ball to A, to double A, then to triple A. At every level it seemed like the game was faster. The bigger the situation, the more the game speeds up. That's all mental. It messes people up.” - Derek Jeter

According to a retired American League general manager, a player makes an impact in or after his third year. So, 30 starts equals one season, and the ceiling would be 105 for 3.5 campaigns. Plus the hurler’s development then represents his status for even the starting staff’s bottom rung. Ergo, not a small achievement!                        

The Phillies faithful and other major league supporters expect a player to make an immediate impact, and they are especially critical of top prospects. In summers long-ago, stars spent a season at each level and were ready for the majors. But then there were 16 clubs, not 30.                           

Even though the number of teams nearly doubled, the top talent did not. Basically, many high school and college athletes participate in multiple sports, and they may prefer another or a faster rise to the professional ranks. Translation: It forces MLB organizations to fill roster spots with players receiving on-the-job-development.

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Matt Moore Hits the IL as Spencer Howard Joins Rotation

The Phillies announced yesterday that Spencer Howard would be joining the Phillies starting rotation.  Howard takes the mound in South Philadelphia tonight against the Boston Red Sox and Nathan Eovaldi.  So the only thing left to figure out was who might lose their roster spot to make room.  But alas, another injury.

The Phillies announced that lefty Matt Moore has been placed on the 10-day Injured List with a back injury:

Moore last appeared in a game on Wednesday.

The season so far has been disappointing for Moore.  Beginning the season as the club's number four starting pitcher, Moore was placed on the COVID-19 injured list on April 19.  He returned a week later, but Vince Velasquez had staked claim to his rotation spot.

All in all, Moore is 0-1 with a 7.36 earned run average.

As for Howard, he's pitched nine innings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, going two, three, and four innings, in that order, in his three starts there.  He has allowed just one earned run.   He will face a hot Boston Red Sox lineup.


Realmuto Hits the IL; Howard Starts for Phillies Saturday


The Phillies have been without catcher J.T. Realmuto since Saturday, when he took a pitch to his knee.  Since then, Realmuto has been listed day-to-day and the Phillies have carrying a third catcher in Rafael Marchan in hopes of Realmuto re-joining the lineup soon.  Despite their best efforts, the Phillies will place Realmuto on the 10-day injured list.

During a Zoom call with reporters, including Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies manager Joe Girardi announced the injured list stint.  

Taking Realmuto's place on the roster is outfielder Matt Joyce.  Joyce has been on the 10-day injured list since May 5 with a calf strain.

Last night, Chase Anderson was seen in the Phillies bullpen.  It was not just for protection from a team that scratched starter Vince Velasquez at the last minute and needed innings.  It apparently was because he has lost his spot in the starting rotation.

Girardi also announced that Spencer Howard, the team's top prospect, would be called up to start on Saturday. 

No corresponding move for Howard has been announced yet.  Should Velasquez need to be removed from the starting rotation, beyond missing Thursday's start, he could be moved to the Injured List and Matt Moore or Anderson get to start.  If not, then the Phillies will have to make another move.

Phillies Reliever Jojo Romero to Undergo "Tommy John" Surgery


The Phillies announced that they placed reliever Jojo Romero on the 60-day Injured List on Tuesday afternoon.  Romero had been placed on the 10-day Injured List with a strained left elbow.  Such an injury is always rather worrisome; the end result is often what is now commonly known as "Tommy John Surgery" - a procedure that will keep a player out over a year's time.  Unfortunately, that will be what happens to Romero.

The Phillies announced that Romero will undergo the "Tommy John" procedure, which replaces the ulnar collateral ligament with a ligament from another part of the body, often the leg. 

What does this mean?  For most pitchers the recovery time exceeds a year from the moment of the surgery.  That means if Romero is able to help the Phillies, it will not be until late next summer.

Romero was 0-0 with a 7.00 earned run average in 11 games for the Phillies in 2020.

Phillies Activate Bradley, Torreyes as Gregorius Hits IL

The banged-up Philadelphia Phillies are set to get some relief.   The big free agent the club signed outside of their own players was reliever Archie Bradley.   After appearing in just four games, Bradley hit the injured list with a left oblique strain.  The Phillies are getting some relief from Bradley and others as they announced a few moves.

The Phillies announced the following transactions:

  • Bradley has been reactivated from the 10-day Injured List
  • Infielder Ronald Torreyes has been activated from the COVID Injured List
  • Scott Kingery has been placed on the 7-day Concussion Injured List
  • Shortstop Didi Gregorius has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a sore elbow
  • Reliever Jojo Romero has been transferred to the 60-day Injured List

Kingery's stint was somewhat expected.  Playing right field, Kingery hit the wall on a ball hit to the fence and hit his head.  He had to be replaced in the game by injured outfielder Bryce Harper, as the Phillies had no additional available position players.

In normal circumstances, the Phillies might have held out for Gregorius to heal.  But with a small bench, the Phillies had to be careful.  The bench remains small as the Phillies have added a pitcher in what would normally be a bench player spot, and there are three catchers currently on the roster in J.T. Realmuto and Andrew Knapp (both dealing with minor injuries themselves) and Rafael Marchan.

The Phillies placed Romero on the Injured List initially with an elbow strain.  Those injuries tend to be a big deal; some result in "Tommy John" surgery.  Placing Romero on the 60-day Injured List gives the Phillies a 40-man roster spot to use.

The Phillies might need more help, depending on how Realmuto continues to respond.  Both Knapp and Harper are in the Phillies lineup Tuesday night.


Adam Haseley is Back With the Phillies Organization


When the Phillies opened the season, Adam Haseley was the team's starting center fielder.   However, after nine games and 21 at bats, Haseley left the team for undisclosed personal reasons.  A month to the day later, Haseley has returned.

Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Haseley has returned:

The Phillies should have some decisions to make.

The current center fielder, Odubel Herrera has had ups and downs in his time with the big league club. Herrera is batting .231 with two home runs in 52 at bats.  However, Herrera has batted .360 in his last seven games.

Herrera has been known to be streaky in the past, so whether or not he has the opportunity to remain on the roster could depend on whether or not he can sustain this level of play.

As Breen notes, he can remain in the minor leagues to get himself back into playing shape and take what is essentially a rehab assignment before the Phillies make a decision.

The 40-man space occupied by Haseley has since been filled and the 40-man roster is currently full.  They also have to make a decision on Ronald Torreyes, who will come off of the injured list soon as well.  Since Torreyes was on the COVID-19 Injured List, he will need to be added back to the 40-man roster or designated for assignment. The Phillies center field landscape was certainly negatively affected by Haseley's absence; they will hope Haseley can put things together and be a long-term center field solution.

Phillies Place Realmuto on COVID Injured List


When J.T. Realmuto took a pitch to the knee from Jose Alvarado at 100 miles-per-hour on Tuesday night and missed Wednesday night's game, an Injured List stint seemed to be a concern.  It turns out, Realmuto would need to be placed on the Injured List.  However, it's not for that play.

The Phillies announced on Thursday that they have placed Realmuto on the COVID-19-related Injured List.

This does not necessarily mean that Realmuto has an active COVID-19 infection.  He may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, or, a player could be placed on the list if they develop symptoms after vaccination.

Unlike the traditional Injured List, Realmuto does not need to be out for 10 days.

To replace Realmuto, the Phillies recalled catcher Rafael Marchan from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  Marchan is 4 for 16 (.250 average) in the early going at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Expect Andrew Knapp to do the bulk of the catching while Realmuto is out.

Phillies Announce Plan to Return to Full Capacity at Citizens Bank Park

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On Tuesday, the City of Philadelphia announced plans to re-open as vaccines have led to a sharp decrease in COVID-19 in the City of Philadelphia.  For sports fans, they immediately wanted to know when they might get the opportunity to experience sports as they once have.  Thursday, the Phillies announced their plan for the re-opening of Citizens Bank Park to full capacity.

The Phillies issued the following as part of their release:

Due to the city’s current social-distancing guidelines being reduced from six to three feet, on May 21, the Phillies will increase seating capacity from 11,000 to 16,000 starting with the Boston Red Sox series and continuing with the series against the Washington Nationals (June 4-6) and Atlanta Braves (June 8-10).

Beginning on Saturday, June 12, the first matchup of a two-game set against the New York Yankees, the seating capacity will increase to 100 percent for the remainder of the 2021 season. A limited number of seating pods will be available for fans who prefer to remain in a socially-distanced environment. Tailgating will also be permitted in lots surrounding the ballpark.

Face coverings are still currently required when attending games, per city guidelines.

The Boston Red Sox series as well as New York Yankees series usually attract out-of-town fans and are usually well-attended.

The pandemic is not yet over and there is still the need for some precautions, but before the calendar hits the summer, baseball will be fully-back.

The Phillies Bench is Suddenly A Glaring Concern

By Ben Ballier, Sports Talk Philly Staff

Entering the 2021 season, most Phillies fans were feeling pretty good about the Phillies’ bench. Originally comprised of Andrew Knapp, Brad Miller, Matt Joyce, Ronald Torreyes and Roman Quinn, the bench has been whittled down as injuries have piled up.

Two remaining members are Knapp and Joyce. Knapp has a sub-par .152 batting average, but he has continued to call great games behind the plate. Meanwhile, the veteran outfielder Joyce has struggled off the bench. Usually a reliable power threat, Joyce has hit 0 home runs through 38 plate appearances with a “whopping” .133 SLG%.

Meanwhile, Miller has transitioned into a utility-starter role following Adam Haseley’s absence, Quinn’s finger injury, and until recently Jean Segura’s quad strain. Manager Joe Girardi has seemingly tried to get him into the lineup as much as possible, which is easy because he can play almost any position on the field.

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