Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner’s grand slam in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the game winner as the United States defeated Venezuela 9-7 in the World Baseball Classic quarterfinals. With the win, the United States advances to a semifinal match up with Cuba on Sunday in Miami.
The Philadelphia Philliesupdated the injury status of multiple players on Thursday afternoon including starting pitcher Ranger Suarez and backup catcher Garrett Stubbs.
Suarez, who returned from the 2023 World Baseball Classic due to left forearm tenderness, played long toss on Thursday morning in Clearwater. The Phils’ lefty will be re-evaluated on Friday, March 17 and will begin ramping up towards the regular season if he is pain free. Phillies manager Rob Thomson told the media Suarez will be limited if he is deemed ready to go by the first week of the season.
Stubbs injured his knee playing for Israel in the 2023 World Baseball Classic. A March 15 MRI revealed a sprained right knee, an injury that is not deemed serious. The Phillies expect Stubbs to be completely healthy before Opening Day and to assume the backup role to J.T. Realmuto.
In other injury news, the Phillies have shut down LHP Cristoperher Sanchez and RHP Nick Nelson with no timetable to return.