God Hates the Phillies: Mickey Moniak to miss 4-6 weeks with hairline wrist fracture
Just when you thought everything was going well heading into Opening Day with the Philadelphia Phillies, new reports are out stating that Mickey Moniak will miss 4-6 weeks with a hairline fracture in his wrist, which he suffered in his final at-bat of Spring Training.
Mickey Moniak Spring Training
After Phillies hitting coach Kevin Long managed to fix Moniak’s swing in a matter of weeks, Mick caught fire down in Florida, slashing .378/.378/.973 with a 1.351 OPS, finishing Spring with six home runs and 11 RBI. Just a brutal turn events for the former first overall pick.
With Moniak out 4-6 weeks and Odubel Herrera out with a right oblique injury, the Phillies will turn to Matt Vierling as their starting centerfielder on Opening Day.
In 71 at-bats last season, Vierling slashed .324/.364/.479 with an .843 OPS. In Spring Training, Vierling struggled a bit, only slashing .222/.293/.361 with a .654 OPS. He had eight hits, three doubles, a triple, and seven RBI.
We’ll see if the Phillies look to add another outfielder to the roster now that Moniak is out. The only other healthy outfielder on the 40-man roster who can actually play centerfield is Simon Muzziotti. The only other outfielder on the 40-man roster outside of Muzziotti is Jhailyn Ortiz. Yikes.
Muzziotti missed most of 2021. In 71 at-bats, he slashed .296/.375/.375 with a .755 OPS, notching 21 hits, four doubles, a triple, and 12 RBI. That being said, he’s really the only other centerfield option for the Phillies unless a trade is made. Matt Vierling will start in center. Castellanos will be in left. Schwarber will DH and backup left and right field.
I’m miserable. Just brutal. Total vibe killer less than 24 hours until Opening Day. Get well soon, Mick.