Mick Abel, Phillies’ top prospect struggling with shoulder tendonitis
Mick Abel’s month-long absence from the mound for Clearwater at low A is linked to a shoulder injury that could prevent him from entering during the minor league season.
Abel, the Phillies’ top prospect, suffers from a “little tendonitis,” Baseball Operations President Dave Dombrowski said on Tuesday. The 20-year-old right-hander hasn’t pitched a game since July 21.
“He’s doing fine,” Dombrowski said. “Structurally, he’s doing well. We’re just very careful.
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Abel, who made his professional debut this season after being drafted in the first round last year, has a 4.43 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 44 innings in 14 starts for Clearwater. The Phillies have built up their workload gradually throughout the season. He peaked with five scoreless innings on June 26 against Daytona and August 9 at Bradenton, racking up eight strikeouts in both starts.
Earlier this season, a National League scout said Abel reminded him of “young Roy Halladay”.
The minor league season ends on September 19 this season, two weeks later than usual due to the delayed start, although Phillies branch Clearwater has seen 12 games postponed or canceled in the past month due to the rain and a peak of COVID-19. in its training center. Dombrowski said the Phillies haven’t made a decision to bring Abel back until the end of the season or wait for the Florida training league to start in October.
As the Phillies chart Abel’s path to the mound, they drew 2021 first-round pick Andrew Painter for his first pro start on August 27 in a rookie game at Clearwater. Like Abel, Painter was drafted out of high school. The 6-foot-7 right-hander has been training at the Phillies facility since signing last month for $ 3.9 million.
Two days after coming off the injured list and hitting two home runs in San Diego, Rhys Hoskins was on the bench for Game 1 of a two-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Manager Joe Girardi reiterated that Hoskins is not yet ready to play every day after missing 14 games in a row – and 18 of 21 in total – with a strained left groin. As the Rays set to debut a southpaw Thursday night, the Phillies wanted to make sure right-hander Hoskins could play at that point.
“We think it’s going to be a day off for a little while,” Girardi said. “I hope we can have it [in the lineup] a few days in a row, but we’re not there yet.
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Brad Miller started at first base in place of Hoskins. Girardi said Hoskins was available to come off the bench as a pinch hitter.
Left fielder Andrew McCutchen was also out of the lineup after his knee “swelled a bit” as he ran for a flying ball on Saturday night in San Diego. Girardi is hoping McCutchen will be ready to start Wednesday night.
The Phillies reinstated infielder Freddy Galvis from the injured list 25 days after acquiring him in a trade deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Galvis had been absent since June 26 due to tension in his right quadriceps.
Galvis played shortstop, third base and second base in a five-game rehab mission last week at the Lehigh Valley triple-A. Girardi has said he intends to play him “everywhere”, even asking him to start taking down players at first base as a potential defensive substitute for Hoskins late in the game.
The Phillies also activated lifter Sam Coonrod, as planned, after a two-month absence due to forearm tendonitis. The hard-throw right-hander has a 4.18 ERA in 27 appearances, but the bullpen roles have changed since his last throw. With the recently acquired closest Ian Kennedy and setup men Archie Bradley and Héctor Neris getting most of the high leverage situations late in the game, Coonrod is likely in the sixth or seventh innings.
To open up spots on the roster for Galvis and Coonrod, the Phillies picked reliever Enyel De Los Santos in Lehigh Valley and named outfielder Jorge Bonifacio for assignment.
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Zach Eflin (knee) started a bullpen session, and the Phillies were discussing whether to give him another start in the minor leagues or bring him back from the injured list. Eflin, who threw 31 shots in Saturday’s scallop 2-innings at double-A Reading, is lined up to pitch Thursday, which would be left-hander Matt Moore’s turn in the rotation. … Left-handed reliever José Alvarado (shoulder) was due to start a rehabilitation mission for Lehigh Valley. … Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Caleb Smith, who was sent off from Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies on suspicion of a foreign substance on his glove, has been suspended for 10 games by Major League Baseball. He is appealing the decision. … Zack Wheeler (10-8, 2.77 ERA) will start Wednesday night.