Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos Left last night’s game and was not in today’s lineup due to a right oblique problem. He’s getting ready for an MRI, but manager Rob Thomson hopes it’s just a precaution (Twitter Link Scott Lauber from The Philadelphia Inquirer. )
Signed to a five-year, $100 deal in the offseason, his first few months in Philly didn’t go well, though he’s turned things around in the past month. He only hit 0.257/.300/.373 by the end of July, but has hit 0.294/.327/.490 since the calendar flipped to August. That progress appears to be hitting some snags now, as he’d already missed a few games earlier this week with a turf toe, and now the sloping issue has been added to the mix.
Castellanos is not yet on the injured list, but even losing the hot ball in a few games is a setback for the club. The Phillies currently retain their last wild-card spot in the National League, while the Brewers are just three games behind.and Bryce Harper Unable to throw every day and occupy the designated hitter position, Castellanos may struggle to get back into the lineup until he feels good enough to play a full game.The Phillies used the outfield Kyle Schwaber, Brandon Marsh and Matt Willing The trio will likely become regulars tonight before Castellanos returns. Nick Matton Primarily an infielder, but has had four left fielders in his career and may be a fourth now.
Other injury updates from the league…
- Angel right leaning Michael LorenzenHe has been in rehab at Illinois since July 7 due to a shoulder strain, but will make his next start at the major league club. JP Hoornstra, Southern California News Corporation Message from interim manager Phil Nevin. That will give Lorenzen a few weeks to show what he can do before returning to free agency this winter. He has long been used by the Reds as a substitute and signed with the Angels when they agreed to let him try himself as a starter. By mid-June, he had a 3.45 ERA and had started 10 times. Unfortunately, he scored 16 times over the next three games, ballooning his ERA to 4.94. The right wing will have a chance to wash away the second half as an injury and finish strong before returning to the open market. The Angels need to carve a spot for him on the 40-man roster because he’s currently on the 60-day IL.
- red sox left handed Josh TaylorHe’s been in IL all year due to a back strain and won’t be back in the final weeks of the campaign. Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe The message from the club is that it will be a complete failure for the 29-year-old. It’s an unfortunate development for Taylor and the club as he has had a very good season in 2021. Last year, he threw 47 2/3 innings with a 3.40 ERA, 28.7 strikeouts and 43.4 touchdowns. His 11 percent walk rate is slightly higher than last year’s league average of 9.8 percent, but it’s still good enough to show that the club has given him 15 saves this year. Taylor qualified for arbitration as a super No. 2 player for the first time this year, earning 1.025mm this season. Based on not showing up this season, he’s likely to be retained by the Red Sox for a similar price next season if the Red Sox want him to be healthy and back to his former form.