WHAT WILL PHILS DO WITH SOSA WHEN TURNER RETURNS?

By Sam Bush

Edmundo Sosa has been terrific since taking over for Trea Turner when he pulled his hamstring on May 3.

Sosa is hitting .303/.367/.556 in 110 plate appearances.

Both Statcast and Defensive Runs Saved have credited him with plus glovework in more than 200 shortstop innings.

While he’s certainly playing well enough to stick in the lineup, he’s not going to displace Turner when the latter is healthy. Neither Bryson Stott nor Alec Bohm is offering much of an opportunity for Sosa to take over at second or third base.

While Sosa has never started a game in the outfield, Phils manager Rob Thomson suggested he could consider playing him in a corner outfield spot once Turner comes back.

“Absolutely [a possibility],” Thomson said yesterday.

“If he keeps hitting like this, it’s going to be tough to keep him out of the lineup. So, got to find a spot for him someplace.”

Brandon Marsh is now on the injured list, leading them to call up the hot-hitting David Dahl.

Nick Castellanos is playing everyday in right field. He has been a rare weak point in the Philadelphia lineup, struggling to a .214/.277/.342 line through 256 plate appearances.

Few would’ve anticipated the Phillies looking for ways to keep Sosa in the lineup when he was acquired in a relatively low-profile deadline deal two years ago. Philadelphia landed the infielder from the Cardinals in a one-for-one swap sending lefty JoJo Romero to St. Louis. It has turned out to a be a surprisingly consequential trade for both clubs, as Romero has developed into the Cards’ second-best reliever.

The Sosa acquisition is a nice feather in the cap for baseball operations president Dave Dombrowski and his staff. It’s one of a number of strong pickups for the Dombrowksi-led front office, as one would expect on the top team in the National League.

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