Harper in Phillies starting lineup but still no Realmuto


Bryce Harper is in the Phillies starting lineup serving as the designated hitter and batting second for Monday night’s series opener in Washington. Harper had been a question mark after leaving Sunday’s game against Toronto in the seventh inning with lower back stiffness.

“He said he’s OK to DH so he’s DHing,” manager Joe Girardi said.

All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto is out of the lineup for the 11thstraight game because of a hip strain. Girardi said Realmuto might be able to pinch-hit. Girardi added that Realmuto was about 85 percent on Sunday. The Phillies want to get him as close to 100 percent as possible before they put him back in the lineup.

“If he comes back too early and reinjures himself, he’s going to be out a while,” Girardi said.

It’s possible that Realmuto could catch one of the games in Tuesday’s doubleheader.

The Phillies made some roster moves Monday afternoon. Struggling reliever Heath Hembree was placed on the injured list with elbow soreness. Outfielder Mickey Moniak was recalled to take his roster spot. Pitcher Ramon Rosso was also recalled, taking the place of pitcher Adonis Medina, who was optioned out after Sunday’s start.

Hembree has pitched poorly since being acquired from Boston a week before the trade deadline. In 9 1/3 innings, he has given up 17 hits, including a whopping seven homers, and 13 runs.

Here is the lineup for Monday night’s game in Washington:


Adam Haseley LF

Bryce Harper DH

Alec Bohm 1B

Didi Gregorius SS

Jean Segura 3B

Jay Bruce RF

Andrew Knapp C

Scott Kingery 2B

Roman Quinn CF

Zack Wheeler P

Anibal Sanchez starts for Washington.

Monday night's game marks the start of seven straight on the road to finish the regular season. The Phils are 8-13 on the road.