Phillies lose 2 outfielders to injuries on the same night

  • Updated, 12:50 p.m. — Jay Bruce was placed on the 10-day IL and Roman Quinn was placed on the 7-day concussion IL. The Phillies recalled OF Kyle Garlick and RHP Mauricio Llovera from Lehigh Valley.

The Phillies lost two outfielders in an hour Saturday night.

Jay Bruce re-injured his left quad and will likely return to the injured list, manager Joe Girardi said. Girardi believes the injury occurred while Bruce was going after a ball down the left-field line.

Roman Quinn went through concussion protocol Saturday after running into the wall in right-center. He remained in the game until the next half-inning. Girardi said it was precautionary and the Phillies will wait to see how he feels Sunday.

"I hope not," Girardi said when asked if Quinn might have to miss some time, "but we'll have a better idea tomorrow when he gets to the ballpark."

To fill Bruce's roster spot, the Phillies will likely turn to corner outfielder Kyle Garlick, who is on their 40-man roster and at Lehigh Valley. Garlick was on the opening day roster but was optioned along with pitcher Enyel De Los Santos when rosters were trimmed from 30 to 28 after the season's first two weeks.

"I would expect we would do something fairly quickly," Girardi said. "Lehigh Valley's not far so we'll try to get him here tomorrow."

With Scott Kingery also on the injured list, the Phillies are thin in outfielders. They have Bryce Harper, Adam Haseley and Andrew McCutchen and that will likely be the outfield alignment the next few games. 

McCutchen was the designated hitter Saturday for the ninth time this season. He has started 20 games in left field. The Phillies haven't given him a full defensive workload in his first year back from ACL surgery. At times this season, McCutchen has not moved well. Other times, he's been spry and aggressive on the basepaths. Saturday night, he advanced gingerly from first to third on a ball.


In a perfect world, the Phillies would keep Bruce off his feet by DH'ing. He likes to play the field but this will be his fourth trip to the injured list since joining the Phillies last June. When healthy, Bruce has been a productive power bat with 18 home runs and a .540 slugging percentage in 225 plate appearances as a Phillie.