As the Phillies limp to the All-Star Break, they split a four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, following a 6-1 loss. During the game, in an attempt to make a single a double, third baseman Alec Bohm dove headfirst into second base, injuring the ring finger on his left hand. Bohm would leave the game and was caught on camera saying “it broke” to Phillies’ first base coach Paco Figueroa.
Fortunately for Bohm and Phillies, it was not broken. He suffered a dislocated ring finger and will not play in Toronto. This isn’t necessarily a “blow” for the Phillies as Bohm was unable to travel to Canada anyway due to travel restrictions. Instead, he flew down to Miami and met with a specialist there. He will greet the team in Miami on Friday and be re-evaluated at that time. He was dealing with a bit of soreness on Tuesday, but the swelling had gone down.
While Bohm flies south, the Phillies fly north of the border to begin a two-game series against the Blue Jays. The Phils will have a bullpen game Tuesday night and will turn to Zack Wheeler Wednesday night. They will face Jose Berrios on Tuesday and Ross Stripling on Wednesday.
In other Phillies news, outfielder Kyle Schwarber announced that he will participate in the home run derby in Los Angeles on July 18. Schwarber was also named an NL All-Star for the second consecutive year. He leads the NL in home runs going into play on Tuesday night with 28, Austin Riley of the Atlanta Braves is second with 24.
Bryce Harper had three pins placed into his fractured thumb. He said that the time off was also helping his elbow injury. While he doesn’t like being away from his teammates, Harper enjoys watching games with his son. “He knows all the players’ names,” was what Harper said about his son, Krew.
In good injury news for the Phillies, infielder Jean Segura believes he can join the team sooner than expected. After having surgery on his index finger on June 3, Segura is scheduled to meet with doctors potentially this week to determine the next steps. Segura is right at the midway of his original 10-12 week timeline, but if he gets back early, he could be back in the lineup in three or four weeks. That is still a long time for him to miss, but with the All-Star break taking up four or five days, that basically becomes two or three weeks of games. The return of Segura could happen in early August instead of late August.
Starting pitcher Zach Eflin will remain out through the All-Star break. Eflin went on the Injured List with what is being called “bruising under his right kneepad,” and hoped to only miss the 15 days required by being put on the IL. That is no longer realistic, as he now aims to return in mid-July.
There is no real noteworthy update on Ranger Suarez, who remains on the IL with back issues. Rob Thompson hoped there was a chance he could return before the All-Star break, so there could be a chance he pitches in Miami. If not, the Phillies return to action on Friday, July 22 at home against the Chicago Cubs for three games, maybe he could pitch in that series.
Utilityman Nick Maton had his rehab assignment transferred to AAA on Tuesday, which points to him possibly returning before the ASB. If not, he could definitely be ready to go by July 22. He has been working his way back from a sprained shoulder, suffered while making a beautiful diving catch on June 5.
The Phillies are definitely getting more healthy. It will still be at least a month before Harper returns, but getting other pieces back absolutely helps. This team is good enough to make a run down the stretch if they can avoid any more serious injuries. Getting the reigning National League MVP back just in time will only make them better. Buckle up, Red October could be coming back in early October.