2 key Phillies set to return to the team in the coming days
The Phillies will be getting two key veterans back on the major league roster in the coming days.
INF Jean Segura will begin his rehab assignment tonight with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, according to the team. Along with Segura, right-handed reliever Sam Coonrod’s rehab assignment has been transferred to Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies lost Jean Segura back on May 29th after he was hit in the hand with a pitch. The original timetable was 10-12 weeks, but it seems like Segura’s return will now come closer to the 9-10 week span. Jean talked with reporters a few weeks back about his recovery and his need to return to the field.
“The way we look right now, probably. I’m not letting this thing go for 10 or 12 weeks. I don’t think that’s going to happen. As soon as I can grip the bat and take a couple of swings…I don’t need more than that.”
Jean Segura wasn’t lying, as he was taking ground balls and light swings last night at CBP before the Phillies beat the Braves 6-4. Losing Segura was a tough blow for the Phillies on both sides of the ball, as the veteran was slashing .275/.324/.407 before he got hurt. He totaled 6 HRs, 19 RBIs, 4 doubles, and 46 hits in 44 games, along with an OPS of .751, OPS+ of 107, and a 1.1 WAR.
You’ll see a lot less Didi Gregorius once Segura comes back, as Bryson Stott’s all-around game has started to click over the last month.
Phillies reliever Sam Coonrod was with Clearwater for the beginning of his rehab assignment but has been transferred to AAA to complete it. His outing on Sunday was great, throwing just 15 pitches, 11 of them being strikes.
Coonrod was diagnosed with a shoulder strain back in March, and has yet to pitch an inning of major league ball in 2022. His 2021 with the Phillies was solid, logging a 4.04 ERA out of the bullpen with 48 strikeouts in 42.1 innings.
Once Sam Coonrod returns to the big leagues, the Fightins will officially have a fully healthy bullpen. Hopefully, the elevation of Coonrod leads to the demotion of Jeurys Familia.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies take on the Atlanta Braves tonight at 7:05 EST. Aaron Nola gets the ball for the Phils.