The injuries are continuing to mount for the Fighting Phils.
The Phillies pitching staff entered the season down Ranger Suarez and nearly all of their starter depth with Cristopher Sanchez and Nick Nelson also out with injuries in addition to top prospect Andrew Painter. It’s forced Matt Strahm into the rotation and left the bullpen without a solid long reliever.
On the offensive end, Bryce Harper is working his way back and Rhys Hoskins recently tore his ACL. That’s two starting bats out of the order and doesn’t include Brandon Marsh being day-to-day after fouling a ball off his foot.
In just the fifth game of the season, injuries may limit yet another Phillie who the team was counting on. Hoskins’ replacement, Darick Hall, was injured running the bases and removed from the game.
Hall, it seems, will also be missing significant time as he was placed on IL.
How long he’ll be out is up in the air. While Matt Gelb reports he’s probably looking at a few months missed, Tim Kelly reports Hall is optimistic about a return far quicker than that.
This leaves the Phillies without an official first baseman for an unknown amount of time, so a move is possible though not assured.
The Phillies are now officially recalling Kody Clemens, a utility man acquired in the Gregory Soto trade this offseason, to the roster.
Clemens, the son of Rodger, made his debut with the Tigers in 2020 and posted an unsightly .145/.197/.308 slash line in 117 at bats. He did have a far more impressive spring, however, posting a much better .319/.385/.617.
Clemens is not necessarily a first baseman, so if Hall misses time the Phillies are now stuck trying to figure out what they will do with the spot. Nick Castellanos had volunteered to work out at the position. The Phillies have had Alec Bohm get significant reps at first in the minors and some looks in the majors. Plus, they have Garrett Stubbs and JT Realmuto that they could try to get both into the lineup and maybe get Realmuto off his knees a bit more, so there are some options yet.
As for Hall, the power hitter got just 19 at bats in relief of Hoskins before his own injury. Fans will certainly hope his recovery is more toward what he anticipates missing rather than a few months.