Phillies infielder Alec Bohm underwent an MRI on his left hamstring today, per Matt Gelb of The Athletic. The issue has caused him to miss a couple of games recently but now could potentially lead to a stint on the injured list, depending on the results of that imaging.
Bohm, 26, has had a fairly inconsistent career thus far. A top 100 prospect in his time as a minor leaguer, he burst onto the scene in 2020, hitting .338/.400/.481 for a wRC+ of 138 over his 44-game debut. He finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting to Devin Williams. But then he endured a deep sophomore slump the year after, getting optioned to the minors for over a month at one point and finishing with a .247/.305/.342 batting line and wRC+ of just 75. Since his third base defense was regarded as quite poor, that offensive performance was all the more troublesome.
He bounced back somewhat last year, getting his production up to .280/.315/.398. The resultant 98 wRC+ indicates he was still a bit below league average but it was nonetheless an improvement. He’s stayed sort of in that range this year, currently hitting .265/.321/.403 for a wRC+ of 96.
Despite those tepid results, an absence from Bohm wouldn’t be ideal for the Phillies. They’ve been dealing with issues at first base for most of the year due to the torn ACL of Rhys Hoskins and the thumb surgery of Darick Hall. The former has missed the entire season thus far and may end up missing the rest of it as well, whereas the latter played just six games before going under the knife. He began a rehab assignment yesterday.
With those two absences, the club has been running a combined platoon at the corners of late. On days when they face a right-handed starter, Bohm takes third with Kody Clemens on first. Against a southpaw, Bohm moves over to first with either Edmundo Sosa or Josh Harrison covering the hot corner. Clemens is having a decent season overall but has hit just .143/.143/.143 against lefties, though in a tiny sample of seven plate appearances. Sosa is hitting a subpar .261/.283/.400 for the year while Harrison is struggling badly, currently sitting on a line of .186/.234/.254. Dalton Guthrie has some third base experience but is hitting just .118/.211/.176 so far this year.
Subtracting Bohm from the equation could lead to extra playing time for that group while affording the club fewer opportunities to optimize the lineup based on the handedness of the opposing pitcher. Bryce Harper has been getting some work at first base as he continues to distance himself from his Tommy John surgery but still hasn’t made an appearances there this season. It’s unclear if the club would entertain the idea of putting him into game action there in the near future. Hall should be nearing a return since he’s started rehabbing but it would be fair to expect a bit of rust after nearly a two-month absence. Even if Harper or Hall is able to cover first, it still leaves the club likely covering third with some sort of uninspiring Bohm-less platoon composed of the above options. Taking all that into consideration, the Phils would undoubtedly prefer that the MRI doesn’t find anything too serious in Bohm’s hamstring.