After a long time first baseman Rhys Hoskins tearing the ACL in spring training, the Phillies went into the season with a hole in the base for the first time in years. That seems to open the door for Darick’s Hallwho impressed in 41 games last year, to make up most of his first-team starts this season, but Hall ruptured a ligament in his thumb just six games in the 2023 campaign requiring surgery. and has been sidelined for a long time.
Since then, the Phillies have relied on time sharing between Kody Clemens And Alec Bohm on the first basis to acceptable but unattractive results. In 22 games against the Phillies this season, Clemens has scored 0.241/.302/.483, good for wRC+ of 109. That wRC+ number improves to 127 on right-handed pitching, with Clemens posting a much stronger 0.255 for Cho. To date, the slash /.321/.529 is against the right, albeit at a small sample size of only 56 occurrences. Meanwhile, Bohm has dropped 0.269/.324/.409 with wRC+ to just 99 of 204 disc appearances this season, although in 60 disc appearances before lefties, the slash line that improved to 0.268/.300/.518 that’s in line with a wRC+ of 115.
While a platoon of Clemens and Bohm have been able to hold the fort in the cold corner so far this season, as the club’s wRC+ is 98th in the first base this season, only placing 20th. in major tournaments. Jon Heyman of the New York Post suggest that recently released Cubs’ First Warrior Eric Hosmer could match, although Hosmer has dropped 0.234/,280/,330 in 100 appearances this season, 32% below the league average in terms of wRC+. The Phillies also reported consider using Super star Bryce Harper in the first base as a way to open up the DH position while protecting Harper from high-intensity throws in the outfield, even though Harper spent only a third of the innings in the first-base throughout his career. own up to this point.
Fortunately for the Phillies, such drastic measures may not be necessary, as MLB.com note that Hall could begin his rehab quest as soon as next week, putting him on track to potentially return as soon as he’s qualified to do so on June 5. Hall, who fell 0.250/,282/ ,522 with 18 additional base hits in just 41 games last season, which could provide a significant boost to the club’s first-base production run with nice return.
Hall is not the only injured Phillies player to receive positive injury updates in recent days, as GM Dave Dombrowski also expressed optimism that the top prospect painter Andrew and Rule 5 pick, Noah Song will both compete this season. As noted by MLB.com, Dombrowski leaves open the possibility that Painter, who currently throws from 50-55 feet, could impact the major league club at some point this season. As for Song, he will of course have to be added to the active roster within 30 days of starting his rehab mission and will remove the Rule 5 restrictions after spending 90 days in club activities list.
Meanwhile, both central defenders Cristian Pache and pain reliever left Jose Alvarado are targeting a return to major league play at some point in the next month, with rehabilitation duties expected for both players in the coming weeks, according to MLB.com.
A long-time top prospect, Pache struggled terribly with the stick in the first 126 games of his major league career, with a slash of just 0.156/.205/.234 during his time. that time. That brutal offensive product made A’s trade he arrived in the Phillies just before the start of the 2023 campaign, where Pache had an enthralling start with a .360/.360/.600 slash in 18 games before being shortlisted for a meniscus tear injury at the end of April . An elite defender in the central area, Pache seeks to strengthen the existing outer defence Kyle Schwarber And Nick Castellanos in the corners of the center wing Brandon Swamp when he comes back.
Alvarado, meanwhile, was included on the injury list earlier this month for elbow inflammation following his own sizzling start to the 2023 campaign, where he threw the ball to a 0.63 ERA in 14 1/3 working inning. Alvarado, 28 years old, signed contract extension with the club during the spring, threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and plan to throw another session tomorrow before facing the big boys live on Tuesday. When Alvarado returned, he was seen as an immediate factor in the club’s late-half game alongside Seranthon Dominguez And Craig Kimbrel.