PHILS LUCKY TO HAVE SOSA AT SHORT WHILE TURNER RECOVERS!

By Sam Bush

When Trea Turner went down with a hamstring injury two and a half weeks ago, the Phils handed shortstop to Edmundo Sosa, as The Athletic’s Matt Gelb recounts:

Back in March, Phila manager Rob Thomson was worried about Sosa.

“He wasn’t acting normal,” Thomson said. “It looked like he was down.” So, the manager thought they should have a chat in his office. Sosa said he was fine. Then, it clicked in Thomson’s head. The Phillies had signed Whit Merrifield, another right-handed utility player.

“Sosa,” Thomson said, “you know you’ve made the team, right?”

Sosa exhaled.

“Thank you,” he said to his boss. “I love Philadelphia. I love the team. I just want to be here right now.”

There is a certain joy with which Sosa plays. It is understated. He is not flashy. He often takes at-bats like it’s the last time he will ever be permitted to hit. Sosa swings at everything. But, since he replaced Turner, the $300 million shortstop who is out with a hamstring injury, Sosa has looked at ease. He is more patient. He has made smooth plays at shortstop.

He feels comfortable in this place.

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