Phillies Injury Updates: Jose Alvarado, Andrew Painter, Rhys Hoskins, Darick Hall
The Phillies got a much-needed matinee win on Wednesday afternoon thanks to a 9th-inning game-tying home run from Trea Turner.
Trea Turner, who’s been in a massive slump to start the season, came up with the biggest hit of his short Phillies career to help the Fightins avoid the sweep. Turner talked after the game about his fourth and fifth at-bat, which were polar opposites. Trea said he heard the boos, respects the boos, and hell, even his own mother was booing him.
Now 23-26 on the season, the Phils have a massive NL East stretch coming up, with their next ten games against the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and Washington Nationals.
The Braves have been a powerhouse this season, sitting at 30-19 on the year with a 5.5-game lead in the NL East. They’ve logged a +55 run differential but are 5-5 in their last ten games and hold just a 13-12 home record compared to a 17-7 record away from Atlanta.
The Phillies will head into this series still without Jose Alvarado, who’s been sidelined since May 10th with left elbow inflammation. Although Alvarado is frustrated, Rob Thomson believes that the slinging lefty should be back sooner rather than later.
Jose Alvarado (15-Day IL)
Alvarado threw his first bullpen session ahead of yesterday’s game. He’ll face a few Phillies hitters in batting practice once they get to New York if all things stay according to plan, and Alvarado should be bound for a rehab assignment after that.
“A couple of weeks” – Rob Thomson
Other Phillies Injury Updates
The Phillies’ offense badly misses the power-hitting bat of Rhys Hoskins at the top of the lineup. Hoskins, who went down with a torn ACL in Spring Training, is currently rehabbing out in California and “should” at least be with the team on the next home stand.
Rob Thomson now calls Hoskins “Mountain Man” as the first baseman has grown a full beard during his time off.
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Andrew Painter threw a “side box” on May 23rd down in Clearwater, according to Destiny Lugardo of Phillies Nation. A side box is a mix of Painter throwing on the mound with the catcher in front of the plate and Painter throwing in front of the mound with the catcher behind the plate.
The expectation for Phillies top prospect Andrew Painter is still mid-summer.
Hall was transferred to the 60-day IL to make room for Dylan Covey on the 40-man roster. Rob Thomson said Darick Hall has taken grounders, hit off a tee, and hit soft toss but has not yet faced live pitching. Once that occurs, which should happen over the next week or so, Hall should be ready for a rehab assignment.
Thomson said he believes Hall is “very close” to returning to the field. Kody Clemens has filled the first-base hole well for the Phillies over the last few days, slashing .385/.467/.692 in four games with five hits, one homer, and four RBIs.
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