Joe Girardi hopes a rest gets an important Phillie untracked


Phillies manager Joe Girardi held Alec Bohm out of the starting lineup for Tuesday night's series opener against the Nationals in Washington.

The Phillies, a game over .500 and a game back in the NL East, did not play on Monday.

"I just want to give Alec a couple of days in a row and maybe get him going," Girardi said.

The Phillies are facing left-handers Jon Lester and Patrick Corbin, respectively, on Wednesday and Thursday so the right-handed hitting Bohm will be back in the lineup for those games.

Left-handed hitting Brad Miller started at third base in place of Bohm on Monday night against Washington righty Erick Fedde. Bohm is 1 for 6 lifetime against Fedde. Miller has never faced Fedde, but 12 of his 15 hits this season have come against right-handers.

Miller is 15 for 54 (.278) with three homers and 8 RBIs on the season.

Bohm finished tied for second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2020 and teams are bearing down on him this season. He's hitting just .217 (28 for 129) with a .578 OPS. He has three doubles, four homers and 16 RBIs. He's struck out 36 times and walked just six.

"At times, he's chasing out of the zone," Girardi said. "Sometimes that can be out of frustration. He's also hit some balls hard with no luck and that can lead to frustration.

"Teams start to make adjustments (in pitching) you and on defense, as well, because they get more of a book on you. As teams adjust on you, you have to adjust back."


Bohm was 3 for 15 with three RBIs in the three-game weekend series in Atlanta. On Thursday, he hit a huge home run to help the Phils beat Milwaukee.

  • Jean Segura stayed in the No. 2 spot in the batting order and Rhys Hoskins hit sixth.
  • Girardi had no official update on reliever JoJo Romero, who went on the IL last week with an elbow injury. Romero is still undergoing tests, Girardi said. 
  • Reliever Archie Bradley, who has recovered from an oblique strain, will pitch for Triple A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday and likely will do so again on Saturday. He could be back when the Phils return home next week.

Here is the Phillies' lineup for Monday night:

1. Andrew McCutchen LF

2. Jean Segura 2B

3. Bryce Harper RF

4. J.T. Realmuto C

5. Brad Miller 3B

6. Rhys Hoskins 1B

7. Didi Gregorius SS

8. Odubel Herrera CF

9. Chase Anderson P

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