WELCOME BACK, BRANDON MARSH, EVEN THOUGH YOU WENT 0-FOR-3!

By Peter Marks

Brandon Marsh was reinstated from the 10-day injured list, and went 0-for-3 last night in Balto.

Weston Wilson headed to Triple-A in the corresponding move.

Marsh was placed on the IL on June 3 due to a right hamstring strain.

Getting Marsh back is obviously good news for a team that has taken a few injury hits.

Trea Turner has missed over six weeks recovering from a more serious hamstring strain, but the star shortstop is reportedly close to returning as well, and could be activated from the IL within the next two or three days.

Catcher J.T. Realmuto will miss the next month due to knee surgery, and utilityman Kody Clemens has also been sidelined for the last two weeks with back spasms.

Marsh was hitting .265/.344/.426 over 186 plate appearances at the time of his IL placement, pretty much matching the solid numbers he has posted since arriving in Philadelphia as part of a deadline trade with the Angels in 2022. While the Phillies have tried to limit his exposure to left-handed pitching, Marsh has gotten the lion’s share of playing time as the regular center fielder in 2022 and 2023, and as the regular left fielder this season. Where Marsh plays now that he is back on the active roster could be an interesting situation to observe, as the Phils could opt to give him more time in center field, thus making Whit Merrifield and David Dahl the regular left field platoon.

 

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