Phillies injuries and roster moves

Staff report


Keep track of the Phillies’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

Sept. 17: RHP Zack Wheeler set to return on Wednesday
After Wheeler threw a successful live up-and-down bullpen session on Friday at Truist Park, the Phillies set his return date for Wednesday at home against the Blue Jays, giving Noah Syndergaard extra rest ahead of the postseason. Wheeler was dealing with right forearm tendinitis, and the right-hander went on the 15-day injured list on Aug. 25, retroactive to Aug. 22. He felt good after throwing 20 pitches in the bullpen Friday, followed by eight warmup pitches on the mound, 15 pitches in his first “inning” and approximately 10 in his second. Wednesday’s start will give the 32-year-old three potential starts before the postseason.

“I think it’s huge,” interim manager Rob Thomson said about getting Wheeler back in the rotation. “He’s been one of our top guys ever since he’s got here. It’s such a confidence builder for the entire club when he’s on this club and when he’s out on the mound, so I think it’s huge.”

1B Rhys Hoskins (bruised right hand)
Expected return: Possibly this weekend
Hoskins was set to take batting practice in the clubhouse cages and field ground balls before the Sept. 17 game against the Braves before being evaluated on whether he could make a pinch-hitting appearance. If Hoskins’ healing progression continues, it’s likely that he’ll play in the series finale on Sept. 18.

“He’ll take full BP downstairs, take ground balls [and] see how that plays out,” interim manager Rob Thomson said. “See if the swelling stays down. If it stays down, then he’s got a chance to hit tonight. He made huge improvements over the night. I would expect that if he does the same thing by tomorrow, he’s gonna play tomorrow.”

Hoskins left the Sept. 14 victory over the Marlins in the fourth inning after he got hit in the right hand by a pitch from Edward Cabrera. X-rays were negative, and the Phillies announced that Hoskins had a bruised hand. (Last updated: Sept. 17)

INF Edmundo Sosa (right hamstring strain)
Expected return: October
The Phillies evaluated Sosa’s hamstring as a Grade 2 injury, interim manager Rob Thomson said. They hope to get him back by October, but he’ll be out for at least three weeks. Sosa felt something in his right hamstring as he tried to beat out a ground ball in the sixth inning on Sept. 15 in Miami. He was placed on the 10-day injured list prior to the club’s Sept. 16 game in Atlanta. (Last updated: Sept. 17)

RHP Zack Wheeler (right forearm tendinitis)
Expected return:
Wednesday vs. Blue Jays
Wheeler threw a live up-and-down bullpen session on Sept. 16 at Truist Park. The right-hander felt good after throwing 20 pitches in the bullpen followed by eight warmup pitches on the mound, 15 pitches in his first “inning” and approximately 10 in his second. The Phillies are aiming for Wednesday for Wheeler’s return to the rotation. If he is able to make that start, it would give the 32-year-old three potential starts before the postseason.

“We are shooting for Wednesday, and [he] looked really good. It was really good,” interim manager Rob Thomson said. “He was at like 96-98 [mph]. So it was really encouraging.” (Last updated: Sept. 16)

RF Nick Castellanos (right oblique)
Expected return: Sept. 20 or later
The Phillies backed off Castellanos taking dry swings due to tightness in his oblique, but interim manager Rob Thomson said Castellanos is feeling better and will start taking swings again in the near future. Thomson had previously said that Castellanos will not be activated before the end of the road trip on Sept. 18 in Atlanta. He said that even the Sept. 20 series opener against Toronto is pushing it. Castellanos still has to take batting practice and see pitches off the high-velocity pitching machine before he’s ready to return. (Last updated: Sept. 16)

LHP Kent Emanuel (left shoulder strain)
Expected return:
Emanuel will finish the season how he started it: on the injured list. He spent March 20 to July 8 on the shelf with an impingement in his left elbow. He made 13 starts with a 2.64 ERA at three levels this season, taking the mound for Single-A Clearwater, Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley before he injured his shoulder. (Last updated: Sept. 14)

RHP Mark Appel (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return: 2023
The Phillies placed Appel on the 60-day injured list on Sept. 12 with an injured right elbow. He had a 1.74 ERA in six appearances earlier this season with the Phillies. (Last updated: Sept. 13)

RHP Hans Crouse (right biceps tendinitis)
Expected return: 2023
Crouse began a rehab assignment on Sept. 10 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. (Last updated: Sept. 10)

OF Símon Muzziotti (partial tear of right patellar tendon)
Expected return:
Muzziotti will miss the remainder of the 2022 season after sustaining a partial tear of his right patellar tendon in an Aug. 13 game with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. (Last updated: Aug. 26)

RHP Corey Knebel (injured right shoulder, right lat)
Expected return:
Knebel has a torn capsule in his right shoulder, along with an injured lat. He will try to avoid surgery with treatment, but he will not pitch again in 2022. (Last updated: Aug. 22)

RHP James McArthur (right elbow stress reaction)
Expected return: TBD
McArthur is the Phillies’ No. 19 prospect. He struggled this season, posting a 5.05 ERA in 13 starts with Double-A Reading. By recalling him and placing him on the 60-day IL, the Phillies cleared a space for Darick Hall’s promotion. (Last updated: June 29)

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