Phillies Looking for CF Help with Revere Out

Russell Martin, Ben RevereBen Revere had been one of the hottest hitters on the planet until he broke the malleous bone in his right ankle yesterday in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park.

He said this morning he could miss six to eight weeks, although he will learn more tomorrow when he visits a foot specialist. In the meantime, Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies are in the market for a centerfielder.

“The prognosis doesn’t sound too good,” Amaro said. “I think it’s something that’s going to take a while. … Whoever we think is an upgrade, whether it’s defensive or offensive. We’d like to probably get a little bit better. John (Mayberry Jr.) is a good center fielder. He’s not a plus defender. So if we can get a better one than that, that’d be good.”

Losing Revere to injury is a blow to the Phillies, whose offense has picked up in recent weeks. Revere is hitting .347 since the end of April, which is the sixth-best mark in baseball in that span. His .380 on-base percentage is 19th out of 164 qualifying hitters.

The Phillies activated catcher Erik Kratz to take Revere’s spot on the roster, although it seems likely the team will not carry three catchers following the All-Star break.

“It’s one of those deals,” Revere said. “It’s part of the game. I’ve probably hit a couple balls on the same spot a couple times and really nothing happened, except a bruise. But it was good the next day. But this was finally the one that cracked it.”

The Phillies also are looking internally at options at center field. They recently started playing Triple-A Lehigh Valley second baseman Cesar Hernandez in center, but they have accelerated his learning curve. He had been scheduled to play in the International League’s All-Star Game this week, but the Phillies are sending him to Double-A Reading to play center field instead.

“He’ll be playing exclusively in center field to see if that’s an option for us,” Amaro said. “He struggled yesterday , but it’s a new position for him. But we’ll give him a shot.”

Triple-A shortstop Freddy Galvis has played some outfield for the Phillies, but Amaro indicated center field is not an option for him.

So make that two spots the Phillies say they are trying to upgrade before the July 31 Trade Deadline: bullpen and centerfield.

9 Comments

Victorino

Where exactly are the Phillies going to get either an established player or prospects to trade for a center fielder? They have enough prospects and/or established players to trade for both a center fielder and 8th inning help as well? You know, an 8th inning guy, yesterday’s number one priority. They don’t need to do anything and let the chips fall where they may.

I see our entire infield as trade candidates. all of them are replaceable by someone else we have already but you know RAJ will never pull the trigger on that.

Nah – I don’t buy that. Galvis is a great defender but he doesn’t hit as well as any of the guys playing the infield currently. Frandsen’s found his spot as a pinch hitter and occasional spot starter but he probably isn’t good enough to play every day. Ruf instead of Howard I would probably agree with at this point but he’s been getting eaten alive at first base since his call up.

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Give Mayberry, JR another chance to excel. Make him cut down on his looping long swing and hit the ball instead of leaving the bat on his shoulder. A short and quick swing provided the game winner. He is cable defensively. An asset, the Phillies should not waste.

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