Phillies get their top 2 position players back Sunday


Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto returned to the Phillies’ lineup Sunday night for their series finale against the New York Mets.

Harper had missed three consecutive games with wrist soreness, a byproduct of the 97 mph fastball that hit him in the face Wednesday night in St. Louis. The ball ricocheted off Harper’s face — he somehow avoided a catastrophic injury — but caught him flush on the left wrist and that’s why he’s missed the last two.

Realmuto had missed two games in a row with a sore left hand suffered trying to block a wild pitch in St. Louis on Thursday. The ball hit the heel of his hand at the bottom of his catcher's mitt.

This is the lineup against Mets left-handed David Peterson:

​1. Andrew McCutchen, LF

2. Rhys Hoskins, 1B

3. Bryce Harper, RF

4. J.T. Realmuto, C

5. Alec Bohm, 3B

6. Didi Gregorius, SS

7. Nick Maton, 2B

8. Roman Quinn, CF

9. Zach Eflin, SP

Quinn was activated a day after being placed on COVID-related IL. Mickey Moniak was sent back to the alternate site.

Roster news

  • Vince Velasquez is scheduled to start for the Phillies Monday night at home against the Brewers. It will be Velasquez’ third straight start in place of Matt Moore, who missed time on the COVID list but has returned and been available out of the bullpen. 
  • Jean Segura (quad strain) is eligible to return from the IL when he’s ready. He ran the bases Sunday and went through “a pretty diligent workout,” according to manager Joe Girardi. “We’ll make some evaluations after today what we think is next,” Girardi said.
  • Archie Bradley’s return from an oblique strain was slowed by a non-COVID illness. The Phillies shut him down for three or four days, which derailed his ramp-up toward a return. Bradley has been out since April 11.

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