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Phillies' No. 5 starter goes on injured list; no Hoskins or Didi

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Chase Anderson, who took Vince Velasquez' spot as the Phillies' No. 5 starter last week, was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with triceps tendinitis.

Anderson first felt it during his start against the Nationals on Wednesday. He pitched four innings in that game and gave up three solo home runs. His IL stint is backdated to Aug. 5.

The Phillies can skip the No. 5 spot in their rotation the next cycle through because they are off Monday. That spot would next come up Saturday against the Reds. That start could go to Matt Moore, who is in the bullpen, or Vince Velasquez, who is on the IL with a blister on his right middle finger. Velasquez is eligible to come off the IL on Tuesday. It could also be a straight bullpen game.

The Phillies recalled infielder Nick Maton to take Anderson's place on the active roster. They needed another position player with Rhys Hoskins (groin) and Didi Gregorius (elbow) banged up but not on the IL. The Phils went into Saturday's game with Maton, Luke Williams and Andrew Knapp on the bench. Gregorius was likely unavailable. Manager Joe Girardi said Friday night that Gregorius was able to play the field but not hit after being hit by a pitch on the elbow that has caused him to miss nearly 50 games this season.

Hoskins may be available off the bench Saturday in a pinch-hit role but would likely require a pinch-runner if the Phillies do use him. Girardi spoke Friday about the delicate spot the Phils are in trying to avoid an IL stint with Hoskins. Even when hampered this week, Hoskins produced, driving in five runs in the Phillies' wins over the Nats Wednesday and Thursday.

 

It’s a bad moment to lose Gregorius for any length of time because he’s finally swinging the bat batter. He opened August by going 7 for 22 with a double, a triple, two homers and six RBI.

Andrew McCutchen, who is sidelined by left knee soreness, could be activated when he is first eligible Wednesday. Girardi said McCutchen will not need a rehab assignment.

Mid-August seems like a realistic target date for trade deadline acquisition Freddy Galvis. He has been on the IL with a quad injury since June 27 but is doing everything on the field except run. Running full speed is the final step before Galvis goes out on a rehab assignment.

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