Sun. May 28th, 2023

ATLANTA — 3 injured Phillies are taking measures toward returning and two could start rehab assignments inside the subsequent week.

Third-string catcher Rafael Marchan, out all season with a fractured correct hamate bone, could start a rehab assignment Sunday, Phillies manager Rob Thomson stated prior to the team’s series opener in Atlanta Thursday.

1st baseman Darick Hall could start his rehab assignment early subsequent week. Hall has been out considering the fact that April five, the Phillies’ sixth game of the season, with a correct thumb sprain that necessary surgery. Hall injured his thumb attempting to extend a single into a double at Yankee Stadium.

Each Marchan and Hall will start their rehab assignments in Clearwater.

The Phillies’ major reliever, Jose Alvarado, threw a flat-ground bullpen session Monday and a frequent bullpen session off of a mound Wednesday in Philly. He will throw one more ‘pen on Saturday in Atlanta. If that goes nicely, Alvarado will progress to throwing reside batting practice when the Phillies get to New York for a series Tuesday by way of Thursday.

Just primarily based on the timeline, it does not look particularly probably that Alvarado will come back through the Phillies’ 3-city NL East road trip. Even if he had been to start a rehab assignment in the middle of subsequent week, a return when the Phillies are back dwelling June five is a lot more realistic.

Marchan, 24, is the only catcher on the Phillies’ 40-man roster other than J.T. Realmuto and Garrett Stubbs and is a crucial depth piece. As soon as he’s healthful, he will probably report to Triple A to play just about every day behind the plate. 

It will be intriguing to see how Hall fits when he’s prepared to return. Bryce Harper is the every day DH, so the only spot for Hall is 1st base. Although he’s been sidelined, the Phillies have utilized Alec Bohm at 1st base with Edmundo Sosa at third, and they’ve also began Bohm at third with Kody Clemens at 1st against correct-handed pitching. Clemens has been a pleasant surprise, hitting .316 more than his final 11 begins with two doubles, 4 homers and ten RBI.

By Editor