By Sam Bush
Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph is still sore.
He tried to swing yesterday, about 24 hours after he was hit on the outside of the left hand with a pitch in a game against the Braves. And he knew immediately that he is not ready to play.
“It was still pretty uncomfortable,” said Joseph. “And one thing I don’t want to do is have to move the knob [of the bat] around in my hand.”
If Joseph moves the knob into a different spot, he could risk a hamate injury. Domonic Brown broke the hamate bone in his right hand in March 2011. Brown had surgery and rejoined the Phillies in late May 2011.
Joseph also had surgery on his left wrist in August 2015, so there is reason to be cautious.
“I don’t really see the need in trying to find different ways [to hit right away],” Joseph said. “We experimented with different pads to put over everything, but right now, I’m just going to need another day. We’ll reassess the situation tomorrow. There’s definitely no timeline [to return]. Definitely take it day to day, and hang out with the ice machine all day and try to speed up the process.”
Brock Stassi started in Joseph’s place last night. Stassi is fighting for a bench job.