ATLANTA — Bryce Harper continues to make progress throwing but is unlikely to play very first base prior to the All-Star break, Phillies manager Rob Thomson stated prior to Friday’s game against the Braves.
Harper has been throwing out to 90 feet and will ultimately graduate to 120 feet, but the Phillies are becoming cautious. Throwing is the final piece of his rehab from Tommy John surgery, and with his bat currently in the lineup in the designated hitter spot, the Phillies do not want to rush him back to the field and danger re-aggravation.
Covey to start out Sunday
Dylan Covey will make his very first start out as a Phillie on Sunday Evening Baseball against the Braves, opposite MLB strikeout leader Spencer Strider.
Covey pitched pretty nicely in his Phillies debut Tuesday, enabling 1 run to the Diamondbacks more than 5 innings with six strikeouts. Covey’s lone run scored right away as he was greeted with a single and a triple, but he held the D-backs in verify from there.
He threw 91 pitches in that outing and is constructed up to attain or exceed one hundred.
Covey has appeared in just two games this season — 1 with the Phillies and 1 with the Dodgers earlier in the month. Altogether, he’s provided up 3 runs more than nine innings with nine strikeouts and two walks.
Phillies claim an outfielder
The Phillies claimed outfielder Cal Stevenson off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and optioned him to Triple A.
Rule five pitcher Noah Song (low back strain) was transferred to the 60-day injured list to make space on the 40-man roster for the 26-year-old Stevenson.
“Speed guy, much more of a defender,” Thomson stated. “He’s hit in the minor leagues, not in the majors. Walks much more than he strikes out. He’s bounced about really a bit, so teams like him, it really is just a matter of roster management and he’s DFA’d or traded.”
Stevenson appeared in 23 games with the Athletics final season and went ten-for-60 (.167) with 3 doubles. He was -for-9 with 3 walks in six games with the Giants.
Hall will require to earn his way back
Darick Hall could start a rehab assignment early subsequent week and is eligible to return from the 60-day IL on June five, but he will require to hit his way back to the spot he opened the season with.
The Phillies employed Hall as a very first baseman against suitable-handed pitching in the season’s very first week and very first base is the only spot for him now with Harper DH’ing every single day.
“He’s got to go down and execute very first and make positive he’s wholesome and construct innings,” Thomson stated. “I know he comes off the 60-day on June five, but he’s got some games he demands to get beneath his belt.”
Kody Clemens, a further left-handed hitter, has began 11 of the Phillies’ final 28 games at very first base and developed in these begins, hitting .316 with 4 homers, two doubles and ten RBI.
“He’s swung the bat nicely, played strong defense,” Thomson stated. “The moment’s not also massive for him.”
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