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The Phillies placed him on the disabled list today with a broken left wrist, and it seems likely his promising rookie season has ended.
“I don’t think it’s a future issue,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said at Citizens Bank Park. “But we’re going to be cautious with him. We have to be as cautious as we can. He’s too important to us.”
Franco got hit on the wrist with a pitch Aug. 11 in Arizona. X-rays taken that night did not show the fracture and the Phillies believed the injury to be nothing more than a bruise. But as Franco failed to improve in the following days, a MRI exam this week in Philadelphia showed what Amaro described as “a very small, non-displaced fracture of his ulnar styloid,” which is a small bone on the outside of the wrist.
Franco will be in a splint for the next two to three weeks. Amaro said Franco’s recovery could be anywhere from 2-4 weeks, but he also acknowledged it could be longer. Combine the estimated recovery time with the fact there are a little more than six weeks remaining in the season and it seems the Phillies might simply have Franco focus on his health in the coming weeks, and not rush toward a return.
“It’s a big blow,” Amaro said. “He’s having a heck of a year for us. He’s been playing great, a pretty strong force in the middle of the lineup. You can’t do anything about it, a guy got hit and you’ve got to deal with it.”
Franco had hit .277 (82-for-296) with 22 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, 48 RBIs and an .830 OPS in 77 games since his promotion from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on May 15. If he had enough plate appearances to quality, he would have the highest OPS among National League rookies.
Cesar Hernandez and Andres Blanco are expected to handle the duties at third base the remainder of the season.
Outfielder Aaron Altherr got recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Franco’s spot on the roster. Altherr hit a combined .293 (127-for-433) with 32 doubles, five triples, 15 home runs, 67 RBIs and an .854 OPS in 111 games with Double-A Reading and Lehigh Valley. He can play all three outfield positions, so he should have no problem playing during the week.
“He’s going to get a chance to play,” Amaro said. “it’s time to find out a little bit more about Aaron.”
There were no surprises.
They optioned left-hander Jesse Biddle, right-hander Adam Morgan, right-hander Ethan Martin and outfielder Aaron Altherr to Minor League camp. They reassigned right-hander Sean O’Sullivan and catcher John Hester to Minor League camp.
They released outfielder Xavier Paul.
Biddle, Morgan, Martin and Altherr need to pitch or play on a regular basis and getting limited work in big-league camp served them little benefit. The Phillies hope each can contribute at the big-league level in the near future.
The Phillies plan Biddle and Morgan to be in the rotation at some point. Martin is a bullpen candidate, although the Phillies have been preparing him to start this spring. Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said over the winter that Altherr “is as good of an outfielder as we have in our system, and possibly in the Major Leagues as well.”
The rebuilding Phillies could use some young outfielders.
Altherr hit .286 with five doubles, two triples, four home runs, 27 RBIs and an .878 OPS in 105 at-bats with Aguilas de Zulia in the Venezuelan Winter League. It is a marked improvement from a disappointing season with Double-A Reading, where he hit .236 with 27 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs, 57 RBIs and a .686 OPS in 492 plate appearances.
“I just went out and had fun,” Altherr said, explaining his impressive play in Winter Ball. “I really didn’t think too much. Sometimes I just put too much pressure on myself during the (Minor League) season. I didn’t worry about anything in Winter Ball.”
O’Sullivan provides the organization starting pitching depth. Hester is recovering from knee surgery.
Paul no simply longer fit in the Phillies’ plans.
The Phillies added four players to their 40-man roster today, which protects them from December’s Rule 5 Draft.
The foursome includes outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen. It officially leaves the organization with 37 players on its 40-man roster, although that number will move to 39 once Marlon Byrd’s and Carlos Ruiz’s deals becomes official. Ruiz’s deal could be announced tomorrow.
Altherr, 22, hit .275 with 36 doubles, six triples, 12 home runs, 69 RBIs in 123 games with Class A Clearwater. He led the Florida State League in doubles and ranked in the top five in hits, triples and total bases. The Phillies selected him in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Dugan, 23, hit a combined .291 with 24 doubles, four triples, 20 homers, 59 RBIs and an .858 OPS between Clearwater and Double-A Reading. The Phillies selected him in the second round in 2009, their top selection that year.
Joseph, 22, missed most of last season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley because of a concussion. The Phillies still hope he can become a frontline catcher, which is why they acquired him front the Giants in the Hunter Pence trade in July 2012. Joseph is healthy and playing Winter Ball in the Dominican Republic.
Rasmussen, 24, went 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA in 28 games between Double-A Chatanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. They acquired him in August, when they traded Michael Young to the Dodgers.
Players first signed at 18 years old must be added to the 40-man roster within five seasons or they become eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, which is Dec. 12 in Orlando, Fla. If that player doesn’t stay on the 25-man roster the entire season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000.
I wanted to post this last weekend, but things are crazy the final few days of Spring Training. MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo recently wrote about his top 10 Phillies prospects.
Here they are:
- Domonic Brown, OF
- Jonathan Singleton, 1B/OF
- Jarred Cosart, RHP
- Brody Colvin, RHP
- Sebastian Valle, C
- Jesse Biddle, LHP
- Trevor May, RHP
- Aaron Altherr, OF
- Cesar Hernandez, 2B
- Justin De Fratus, RHP