By Sam Bush
Phillies relief pitcher Tommy Hunter and outfielder Roman Quinn are both expected to start the 2019 season on the injured list.
Quinn is recovering from a right oblique strain, and the Phillies will likely move him along slowly. He played just 45 games in 2017 (all with Lehigh Valley) and played 50 major league games in 2018 while battling various injuries. The former second round pick has never played more than 88 games in a season since being drafted in 2011.
Expect the Phillies to open the season with Andrew McCutchen, Odubel Herrera, Bryce Harper, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr as their major league outfielders. Dylan Cozens will likely start the season in Lehigh Valley despite hitting four home runs in Spring Training.
Veteran set-up man Hunter is rehabbing from a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right arm. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported that Hunter is “not concerned” about his arm and that this injury is an annual thing for him in the spring.