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Injury Update: Nick Castellanos receives MRI, more on Dominguez, Wheeler, Eflin

Injury concerns continue to pop up for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Yesterday, in the midst of an absolutely miserable roadtrip out west, Nick Castellanos exited the visiting locker room in San Francisco to get an MR on his right oblique, which “felt uncomfortable” after his second at-bat on Friday night. 

Castellanos missed yesterday’s 5-4 loss to the Giants as the Phillies September struggles, although early in the month, continue to pop up out west. 

Let’s all just hope Castellanos’ injury isn’t severe and he can avoid heading to the injured list. After a shaky beginning to the 2022 season, Castellanos started to play like the guy the Phillies thought they were signing over the last few months.

Nick Castellanos Stats

On top of that, the Phillies aren’t exactly rich with outfielders. Matt Vierling has been in right field with Castellanos out. Nick missed three games earlier last week with turf toe as well. Vierling went cold in the middle of the summer but has turned things around for the better over the last two weeks.

Matt Vierling Stats

Outside of Vierling, there’s really no one else in the outfield right now outside of Kyle Schwarber and Brandon Marsh. In yesterday’s game, Nick Maton, Edmundo Sosa, and Garrett Stubbs were the only options to play outfield off the bench. 

Yes, two infielders and a backup catcher. Not great. 

Harper can’t throw. In the minors, Simon Muzziotti is out for the season and Yairo Munoz is currently missing time with a leg contusion. The only other option in the minor leagues would be University of Florida product Daulton Guthrie, who’s slashing .302/.363/.839 with 10 home runs an 52 RBI this season in Triple A Lehigh Valley.

We’ll have to wait and see how bad Nick Castellanos is injured. The good news is that he doesn’t believe the injury is serious. 

“I passed all my strength tests and all those things so if there is anything it’s going to be pretty minor,” he said. “We’ll see. I’ve never dealt with any muscle stuff before in my career so we’ll go get a picture and see what it looks like.” via NBC Sports Philly  

Dominguez, Wheeler, Eflin Injury Updates

NBC Sports Philly is also reporting that Seranthony Dominguez “feels great” after throwing a bullpen session and could begin a short rehab assignment this week. Zack Wheeler remains out and his timeline to return was extended late last week. He will be evaluated again on Tuesday. Zach Eflin continues to make progress and hopes to return to the Phillies as a member of the bullpen for the final month of the season and ideally, the playoffs.

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