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Depleted Outfield

Throughout the season, the Phillies outfield has become increasingly depleted. They have been dealing with the injury bug all season. This continued over the last week as we lost Schwarber and Marsh to injuries.

Schwarber exited last Thursday’s loss in discomfort. Luckily he didn’t have to make an appearance on the injured list, but he has been missing from the starting lineup. Although he has been available as a pinch hitter, his production and clutch hitting have been missed the last week. He should be making his return to the starting lineup this weekend.

Roster Moves

 – Bryce Harper to the 60-day IL

     Harper has had a tear in his UCL all season, which has kept him out of the right field. This year, the DH addition to the National League saved the season for Harper. Today, the Phillies added Harper to the 60-day injured list. But, before you panic, Harper can return to the lineup before the 60 days and is still on schedule for a beginning of September return.

 – Brandon Marsh to the 10-day IL

     Center Field has been a position of question the last few seasons. The Phillies tried to end that with the addition of Brandon Marsh at the trade deadline. The center fielder is a good defender who helps the Phillies defense. The coaching staff also saw some easy changes they could make to his swing, which will hopefully improve his hitting. Today Marsh was added to the 10-day IL with a sprained left ankle. Marsh landed awkwardly after trying to rob a home run Tuesday night. This left the Phillies down an outfielder. Nick Maton has been filling in at left-field the last two games.

 – Claimed Bradley Zimmer

     Today, the Phillies claimed center fielder Bradley Zimmer off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Zimmer has been in the league since 2017. He played for the Guardians from 2017-2021 and was traded to the Blue Jays in April. Zimmer struggles at the plate but should be able to hold the fort down in the outfield until Marsh can return.

 

Photo Credit: Yong Kim/Philadelphia Inquirer

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