PHILS WON’T ADD OUTFIELDER WHILE MARSH RECOVERS

By Sam Bush

Brandon Marsh this week had arthroscopic surgery after feeling discomfort in his left knee.

With a 3-4 week recovery timetable, he’s still expected to be ready for Opening Day. As a result, president Dave Dombrowski downplayed the chances of going outside the organization for outfield help.

“We still think we’re the same way we were beforehand, when it comes to Opening Day,” he told reporters.

“[Free agent outfielders] want guarantees, and we’re just not able to give them those guarantees. … We talk to people all the time. The reality is that we don’t have guaranteed playing time that some people want. We just don’t have that. It’s not really even a dollar issue as it is playing time.”

Assuming Marsh’s recovery proceeds as expected, he’ll slot into left field on Opening Day. Defensive stalwart Johan Rojas is set to open the year in center field while Nick Castellanos mans the corner opposite Marsh. Cristian Pache and Jake Cave project as the top depth options.

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