The Phillies have activated Jay Bruce from the 10-day injured list, as per a team announcement. Outfielder Adam Haseley has been optioned to Triple-A to create space for Bruce on the 25-man roster.
A right oblique strain sent Bruce to the IL on July 17, so such a relatively short absence is good news for both Bruce and the Phils, considering how oblique injuries often sideline players for at least a month, and often longer. Now, the left-handed slugger will return to the Philadelphia lineup after already contributing a .256/.273/.564 slash line and 10 homers over 121 PA since being traded from the Mariners in June.
It remains to be seen how Bruce will be regularly deployed, since the newly-acquired Corey Dickerson will be taking over left field and obviously right fielder Bryce Harper isn’t going anywhere. Both Dickerson and Harper are left-handed, so there’s even less opportunity for Bruce to get platoon action. Rather than relegate Bruce to bench duty, however, Haseley’s demotion would seemingly indicate that Dickerson (or maybe even Harper in a pinch) could play center field against some right-handed starters, with the switch-hitting Roman Quinn playing in center when a lefty is on the mound. It doesn’t exactly make for an ideal defensive alignment, but the Phillies might see it as a necessary evil if Bruce’s bat sparks a middling offense.
Haseley, the eighth overall pick of the 2017 draft, made a respectable accounting of himself in his first taste of big league action. Haseley hit .274/.315/.452 with three homers over 89 plate appearances, while flashing some above-average glovework in the outfield.
Raw deal for Haseley. I guess they want him to keep getting regular AB’s.
stinks for Haseley. idve rather they kept him up and used Bruce off the bench. he had slowed down anyway before he hit the IL.
That’s what makes me think that The Phillies want Haseley playing everyday. I would think if they were going to diminish his playing time at all and keep him on the bench, they’d send Quinn down. Especially the way Haseley is playing on both sides of the ball recently.
Quinn having options would be real nice now. shame the minors injury rule giving guys another option evidently didnt apply to him.
roman should just be DFA’d
kinda my thought at this point. id like to keep him around, but not in the Majors.
Quinn can’t hit the side
of a barn!
Quinn, with his speed, should be bunting every AB when no one is on. I
Quinn is hitting .333 with 3 HRs in his last 15 games, Jorge.
LOL. So everyone should ignore years of mediocre production because of 15 games? He still has a lot to prove, imo. Mainly that he can stay healthy. Then he needs how to get on base. Speed on the bases only helps if you can get on HA!
With his speed he should hit the ball on the ground and be legging them out.
Every time you hit the ball in the air….
Gabe said he was an every day player on this team. Gabe, as usual, is full of poop.
Yep, with coconut oil on his suntanned junk, too…
Nearly every decision the team makes disappoints.
Phillies brass and Kapler thought Haseley made way too much contact and didn’t strike out enough. So there sending him back to AAA to mess with his launch angle and get his K rate up. Then he’ll get called back up and fit right in.
Haseley will get everyday at bats in Allentown. By the time he returns, the Phillies will out of the wild-card race and Kapler can play Haseley every day. Don’t see a place for Bruce on this team going forward, especially with McCutchen returning in 2020. Nice guy and a decent enough player, but mostly a homer or strike out with Bruce.
Don’t know where this vaunted offense is. We got one-hit and shut out tonight. Harper and Hoskins both hitting .249.
If I’m Cigar Guy (Middleton), come season’s end, I’m sending Klentak and Kapler packing. Whatever voodoo juice they’re drinking isn’t working. Play the kids and bring back good old Chollie.
Man, the Phillies out here competing with the Cubs for the worst defensive outfield in baseball…