By Sarah Berkowitz
Hey Phillies fans.
Don’t be surprised if Rule 5 Draft pick Tyler Goeddel comes north to start the season in April.
Goeddel homered and walked twice in yesterday’s 8-7 loss to the Orioles, and he’s hitting .273 (9-for-33) with two doubles, one home run, five RBIs, four walks and seven strikeouts in 11 games.
Aaron Altherr is expected to miss four to six months following left wrist surgery. Odubel Herrera received X-rays on his right middle finger this week. He hurt the finger sliding head first into home plate earlier this spring. The Phillies said the X-rays were negative, and he could play as early as Wednesday. Outfielder Cody Asche also remains sidelined with a strained right oblique. There is no timetable for his return.
“The thing I like about him is he seems to have good plate discipline,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said of Goeddel. “He seems to take a lot of pitches. I even mentioned to Larry (Bowa) and (Steve Henderson), this guy, the way he works the count, he’s almost like a leadoff-type guy you’re looking for. He makes the pitcher throw him a lot of pitches. Every time he comes to the plate it seems like it’s 0-2 on him, then it’s 3-2. He works the count a lot.”