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Phillies injury news on Connor Brogdon, J.T. Realmuto and Alec Bohm

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Some Phillies injury updates:

Reliever Connor Brogdon was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a strained right groin muscle. Manager Joe Girardi called it a "light strain."

Ramon Rosso was recalled from Triple A to take Brogdon's spot in the bullpen.

Brogdon initially felt pain in the area last week in Milwaukee. He did not pitch for a few days, came back Sunday and felt it again. An MRI confirmed the mild strain.

Brogdon's assignment to the IL was backdated to Monday. He would be eligible to return a week from Friday.

REALMUTO RETURNS

J.T. Realmuto was back in the lineup Wednesday night, three days after receiving a shot of anti-inflammatory medication in his sore right shoulder. Realmuto started at first base. Girardi said he hoped to start Realmuto behind the plate Thursday night. The Phils will use the bullpen to get through that game. It will be the third time they've employed that approach in the last couple of weeks. The team is without a dependable fifth starter.

BOHM STILL OUT

Alec Bohm has been out of the lineup at Triple A Lehigh Valley all month. He was hit by a pitch on the wrist on August 29. He'd had three-hit games the previous two nights.

General manager Sam Fuld said Bohm was working toward getting back in the lineup in the coming days. The Triple A season ends October 3.

Bohm was sent to Triple A on August 22 after hitting just .245 with a .645 OPS in 111 games with the Phillies this season. He had just seven homers and 47 RBIs while striking out 27 percent of the time. He also struggled mightily at third base. 

 

It was a difficult second season in the majors for the 25-year-old former first-round draft pick, though it's a stretch to call 2020 a "season." Teams played just 60 games because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Bohm played just 44 -- or 27 percent of a regular 162-game season. In those 44 games, he was outstanding, especially at the plate, where he hit .338 with a .881 OPS and finished tied for second in NL Rookie of the Year voting.

Bohm, young, under control and inexpensive, remains an important piece of the Phillies' future, but it remains to be seen where. He needs much improvement at third base. He had played some first base at Lehigh Valley. Team officials have said moving him to left field is not part of the plan. However it plays out, it's difficult not to envision Bohm in the opening day lineup in Philadelphia next season.

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