Tonight's lineup: Freddy Galvis returns to shortstop; J.P. Crawford gets day off


Tonight's lineup: Freddy Galvis returns to shortstop; J.P. Crawford gets day off

After coming off the bench for the first time all season, Freddy Galvis is back at his natural position Saturday.

Galvis will start at shortstop while prospect J.P. Crawford will head to the bench for a day off as the Phillies play the Nationals Saturday night (7:05/CSN and Galvis started the first 140 games of the season before pinch hitting Friday while Crawford played short, which was his primary position in the minor leagues.

Galvis, who hopes to win his first Gold Glove this season, had stated his goal to start all 162 games. He started one game in centerfield at the end of August but has played the outfield only one time since. 

Crawford, meanwhile, has started three games at third base and now one at shortstop since getting called up at the beginning of the week. The 22-year-old infielder earned the call-up with a strong final few months in Triple A, overcoming his early season struggles.

Rhys Hoskins will make his second straight start at first base. While he's mostly played left field since joining the Phils, he is a first baseman by trade. He hit his 13th home run Friday night and picked up his third multi-hit game of the month.

On the mound, the Phillies will have Mark Leiter Jr. facing veteran righty Edwin Jackson. Both starters had their worst starts of the season in their last time out, so they're both hoping for a bounce-back performance. For more on the pitchers, check out today's game notes.

Here's the full lineup that will oppose Jackson:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Nick Williams, RF
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Odubel Herrera, CF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Hyun Soo Kim, LF
8. Cameron Rupp, C
9. Mark Leiter Jr., P

And here's the Nationals lineup that will face Leiter:

1. Trea Turner, SS
2. Howie Kendrick, LF
3. Daniel Murphy, 2B
4. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
5. Anthony Rendon, 3B
6. Michael Taylor, CF
7. Alejandro De Aza, RF
8. Raudy Read, C
9. Edwin Jackson, P

Phillies lose Tommy Joseph to Rangers

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Phillies lose Tommy Joseph to Rangers

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tommy Joseph is headed to the American League. The Texas Rangers claimed him off waivers on Monday. The Arizona native will head to his home state to join the Rangers for the remainder of spring training.

The Phillies designated Joseph for assignment last week. The move was made to clear room for pitcher Jake Arrieta on the 40-man roster. 

Joseph, 26, joined the Phillies organization in the summer of 2012 in the trade that sent Hunter Pence to San Francisco. At the time, Joseph was a catcher. A series of concussions nearly ended his career, but he converted to first base and forged his way to the majors in May 2016. He hit 43 home runs the last two seasons, but did not reach base enough to satisfy a front office that wants to build a lineup around players with that skill. The emergence of Rhys Hoskins last season and the signing of free-agent first baseman Carlos Santana this winter made Joseph expendable and efforts to trade him were fruitless.

Joseph’s power makes him a potential fit for a role as a designated hitter. He could also be the right-handed portion of a first base platoon with Joey Gallo, who has hit just .199 against lefties in the majors.

Joseph is now on the Rangers’ 40-man roster.

Phillies’ focus turns to Aaron Nola, Scott Kingery, bench competition

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Phillies’ focus turns to Aaron Nola, Scott Kingery, bench competition


FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Phillies began their final full week in Florida on Sunday with a game against the Minnesota Twins. It provided manager Gabe Kapler the opportunity to look at a number of important areas — some settled, some unsettled — of his roster.

To wit:

• The opening day battery of Aaron Nola and Jorge Alfaro worked together. Nola battled through an early rough patch and delivered five innings of two-run ball. He will have one more start before he gets the call in Atlanta in 11 days.

• Scott Kingery, everybody’s favorite prospect, got the start at third base. He had two hits, raising his average to .378 (14 for 37), and made a nice play on a bunt. Kingery is projected to open at Triple A so the Phillies can control his rights through 2024. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be down there long. He projects as the second baseman of the future, but Cesar Hernandez is at the position for now. Third base could be a temporary landing spot for Kingery if Maikel Franco struggles. Kingery played some third at Triple A last season. Yes, Kapler wants to create versatility on his roster. But it was still notable that Kingery got his first look of the spring at third. He will get more time in the outfield before camp ends.

“We want him ready to step in and play all over the diamond whenever that time is,” Kapler said.

• The battle for bench spots was in full display. It’s not clear if the Phils have two or three spots open on the bench because they don’t need a fifth starting pitcher until April 11 and that could allow them a five-man bench at the outset. Regardless, the competition will come into focus this week.  Candidates Ryan Flaherty, Adam Rosales, Pedro Florimon, Jesmuel Valentin and Roman Quinn all played in the game.

Quinn, Florimon and Valentin are all on the 40-man roster so that could help their chances. Quinn, an outfielder by trade, got another look at shortstop. Florimon played left field, had a hit and walked twice. Valentin, an infielder by trade, got a look in right field and belted his third homer of the spring, a three-run shot, for the Phillies’ only runs in a 4-3 loss.

“Valentin has really put his strongest foot forward,” Kapler said. “He’s demonstrated pop, versatility and come up with huge hits.”

Flaherty, who played seven different positions with the Orioles over the last six seasons, started at first base and had a hit. He’s hitting .333.

“He’s having an awesome spring,” Kapler said.

Like Flaherty, Rosales, who has played parts of the last 10 seasons in the majors, can also play anywhere. Flaherty has an out in his minor-league contract on Thursday, so that could bring some clarity to his situation. If he’s still in the hunt Saturday, the Phillies must add him to the 40-man roster, pay him a $100,000 retention bonus or allow him to walk. Ditto for Rosales. So the bench picture will start to come into focus soon.

“There’s a lot to be excited about in that bench role,” Kapler said.