Phillies Roster Moves and Injury Updates
The Philadelphia Phillies were busy at the trade deadline, adding three pitchers plus Freddy Galvis and some cash. That brought us into game one against the Pittsburgh Pirates, where the Phillies got one-hit and flat out embarrassed by a bad Buccos team, losing 7-0. Ahead of yesterday’s game, the Phillies made the following roster moves.
Travis Jankowski was reinstated from the Covid IL and hopes to remain a key bench player for the Phillies post trade deadline. They did not pick up an every-day centerfielder before the deadline like we hoped, so the Lancaster product will likely continue to see time for the rest of the season.
Outfielder Matt Joyce has been placed on the 60 day IL with his calf injury earlier this year. He hasn’t played since early June is is proving to be a pretty big disappointment for the Phils this year. You can add him to the list of offseason moves by the Phillies that didn’t work out, with Brandon Kintzler, Matt Moore, and Chase Anderson.
The best news of all of this is that RHP and dinosaur Brandon Kintzler has been designated for assignment. He’s only been used recently when the Phillies were down bad and he always seemed to make it worse. The Phillies made a bunch of offseason moves before Spring Training. Matt Moore, Chase Anderson, and Brandon Kintzler have all been complete failures. Good riddance. With each passing day, the addition of Jose Alvarado appears to be the only pitcher that worked out for the Phillies this past offseason.
Bryce Harper was battling nagging back tightness heading into game one against the Pirates. Maybe he’s still hurt, because he made a couple boneheaded plays yesterday in the outfield. As for Rhys Hoskins, he’s still listed day-to-day as he nurses a groin injury. Hoskins went 2-for-3 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Nationals before exiting the game.
Zach Eflin has been sidelined since July 20 with tendinitis in his right knee. The Phillies don’t have a timetable for his return
The Phillies are back in action today against the Pirates and will send Aaron Nola (7-6, 4.37 ERA) to face JT Brubaker (4-10, 4.67 ERA) with hopes to bounce back from yesterday’s 7-0 loss.