The Phillies announced that Cristian Pache underwent a successful lateral meniscectomy on his right knee today. According to the team, he’s expected to miss four to six weeks.
Pache suffered the meniscus tear during Saturday’s win over the Astros. It interrupted a solid start to the year for the 24-year-old outfielder. He’d collected nine hits (including a homer and three doubles) over 26 trips to the plate in 18 games. Pache didn’t walk and struck out six times but he’d hit for some power and logged 42 innings of center field work in a depth capacity.
Philadelphia acquired Pache from the A’s on the eve of Opening Day. A key part of Oakland’s trade return from Atlanta for Matt Olson, he only lasted one season in green and gold thanks to a .166/.218/.241 batting line in 91 MLB games. Pache had also struggled in Triple-A last year while exhausting his final minor league option season. In spite of a decent showing this spring, he didn’t break camp with Oakland and was dealt to Philadelphia for minor league pitcher Billy Sullivan rather than being placed on waivers.
The Phils have to keep Pache on the MLB roster or injured list if they don’t want to risk losing him themselves. He’d played well enough in a depth capacity for the season’s first month the team didn’t have to consider that decision. They’ll unfortunately now be without him for the next month-plus after the injury. Philadelphia recalled Dalton Guthrie to take Pache’s spot as a depth outfielder, although they could shuffle the mix tomorrow.
Bryce Harper returns from the injured list as a designated hitter, pushing Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos into the corner outfield regularly. They’ll flank Brandon Marsh, leaving Jake Cave and Guthrie without much of a path to playing time.
Another horrible trade by Billy Beane. Of course what do you expect from an egomaniac who doesn’t even watch the games. Beane is the worst thing to ever happen to the A’s. It’s a shame he shrunk up when he had a chance to play with the big boys when Boston wanted him years ago. Would have been really nice to see him destroy the Red Sox for a few years.
Billy Beane isn’t the A’s GM.
Billy is around, he will always be an A’s…
someone just watched moneyball.
That sucks, just when he was finding his groove. At least he can return before the season is over.
As are miserable for giving up on him that soon when their roster is what it is
Its a far cry from Kevin Long in Philadelphia to Tommy Everidge in Oakland. There is absolutely no reason to believe Pache would have turned the corner the way he has if he had stayed with the A’s
So he’s slightly above Everidge?
@DCartrow Thank you for the laugh, sir!
And there is absolutely no reason to think he wouldn’t have.