Injuries and injuries are piling up for the Phillies amid all these wins – NBC Sports Philadelphia


MIAMI – They're keeping their winning streak going, but the injuries are piling up.

The Phillies tried to complete the sweep Sunday without Trey Turner (hamstring strain), Kyle Schwarber (lower back soreness) and JT Realmuto.

According to manager Rob Thomson, Realmuto's knee is “bruised”, but he could play on Sunday. The Phillies are being cautious with their workhorse catcher. Garrett Stubbs caught Zack Wheeler for only the sixth time in three seasons.

Stubbs entered for Realmuto in the ninth inning of Saturday's 8-2 win, Thompson said, but only because the Phillies were comfortably ahead. Realmuto felt some knee pain on Sunday and was given a day off.

Schwarber said Saturday that he was progressing and expected to return to New York on Monday or Tuesday. The Phillies will face their fourth consecutive left-handed starting pitcher in Shawn Mania on Monday, so Thomson may opt to give Schwarber an extra day anyway.

If they give Schwarber an extra day on Monday, it looks like Nick Castellanos could DH for the first time this season with an adapted outfield defense of Johan Rojas in center and Brandon Marsh and Cristian Pache in the corners.

Bryce Harper, the designated hitter for Sunday, appeared to grimace after his first swing Saturday, then took a half-swing on the next pitch. He went 0-4-4 with three strikeouts, but he expressed no discomfort during or after the game.

Thomson said Harper's reaction was because he slid into the batter's box. The Phillies have faced muddy mounds at times this season and Thomson said that was the case in the box on Saturday. Harper, at several points in the game, kicked some mud from his cleats onto the pitcher's mound before the half inning began on the field.


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