It took six games but Alec Bohm is starting at third base Monday for the Phillies for the first time since his eventful three-error night at the position last Monday against the Mets.
Bohm bats sixth as Aaron Nola opens a three-game series for the Phils against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Bohm made headlines that night after committing three early throwing errors at Citizens Bank Park and being caught on camera saying, "I (bleeping) hate this place." After the game, he copped to saying it and explained that it wasn't the way he felt.
The Phillies then went a week before putting Bohm back at the hot corner. Through the first 10 games, Johan Camargo started six times at third base with Bohm and Bryson Stott starting there twice apiece.
Bohm expedited his return to the lineup by hitting when called upon off the bench or as the designated hitter. In 17 plate appearances this season, he is 7 for 11 (.636) with two doubles, three walks, three sacrifice flies and four RBI.
Manager Joe Girardi was asked consistently last week about Bohm's absence from the starting lineup. There's not a simple answer to the conundrum of needing Bohm to play, needing Stott to play, needing to win that night's game and recognizing that Camargo is clearly the best defender of the three at third base.
In non-Bohm lineup matters, Bryce Harper was the DH for the second straight game. He has appeared at several points early this season to favor his throwing arm. Nick Castellanos was in right field with Kyle Schwarber in left.
Schwarber batted fifth for the second straight game. Girardi moved him there from the leadoff spot over the weekend in Miami and said it's a look he'll stick with, batting Schwarber fifth and J.T. Realmuto (or Jean Segura when Realmuto sits) first.
Here was the Phils' lineup for Game 1 at Coors Field against right-hander Chad Kuhl:
1. J.T. Realmuto, C
2. Bryce Harper, DH
3. Nick Castellanos, RF
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Kyle Schwarber, LF
6. Alec Bohm, 3B
7. Jean Segura, 2B
8. Bryson Stott, SS
9. Matt Vierling, CF
Aaron Nola, SP