Phillies Roster Moves and Injury Updates
The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals last night in comeback fashion. JT Realmuto was clutch in the top of the ninth inning and gave the Phillies the lead with 2 RBI on a bases loaded single to left field. They are back to .500 with a 53-53 record and are now just 2.5 games out of first place from the NL East leading New York Mets.
Before the start of yesterday’s game, the Phillies announced a few roster moves with Andrew Knapp rejoining the team after going on the paternity list. They also lost Andrew McCutchen to left knee inflammation. Cutch will head to the 10-Day Injured List (Retro to 8.1). He has been solid over the last 15 games and the Phillies will definitely miss the offensive production, slashing .271/.379/.625 with 13 hits, five home runs, and 15 RBI in his last 48 at-bats.
Last night, Travis Jankowski played centerfield and Odubel Herrera moved to left field. Herrera played well, going 2-for-3 with a home run to give the Phillies an early lead.
Vincent Velasquez, who has been terrible as of late, will also head to the 10-Day IL (Retro 7.31) with a blister on his hand. In a corresponding move, Enyel De Los Santos was recalled again to join the Phillies bullpen. Last night, he pitched 0.2 innings and allowed a run. De Los Santos isn’t very good but apparently that’s all the Phillies have left in the minor leagues to recall as needed.
Ranger Suarez joined the starting rotation last night and pitched great. It will take a few starts for him to stretch out as he moves from the bullpen to the rotation, so he only pitched three innings last night, allowing zero hits and striking out one. The Phillies’ new look rotation will surely be better than other versions, especially when Zach Eflin returns from the injured list. For now, Chase Anderson will head back to the rotation until Eflin is healthy.
For now, here’s what we have for the remainder of the Nationals series.
- Tuesday: Zack Wheeler (8-6, 2.45 ERA) vs Patrick Corbin (6-9, 5.78 ERA)
- Wednesday: Chase Anderson (2-4, 6.75 ERA) vs Paolo Espino (3-2, 3.08 ERA)
- Thursday: Aaron Nola (7-6, 4.30 ERA) vs Joe Ross (5-9, 4.00 ERA)
It was initially thought that Rhys Hoskins would return to the lineup to begin the Nationals series. That didn’t happen last night. Over his last 7 games, Rhys Hoskins has slashed a line of .364/2 HR/6 RBIs, and a slugging percentage of .773. Getting Hoskins back in the lineup is a boost on the field, as well as a morale booster as well.
The Phillies have Wheeler on the mound tonight and look for their third straight win. Ring it.