Phillies make roster moves as 2 players go on injured list


Two members of the Phillies’ bench went on the injured list Saturday afternoon. 

Catcher Andrew Knapp went on the 7-day concussion IL and outfielder Matt Joyce was placed on the 10-day IL with a low back strain.

Knapp took a foul ball off the mask late in Friday night’s loss in San Francisco. He stayed in the game but was replaced to begin the bottom of the seventh inning. 

Catcher Rafael Marchan was called up from Triple A Lehigh Valley and rushed across the country to take Knapp’s spot on the Phillies’ active roster.

Joyce grounded out Friday in a pinch-hit appearance. He is just 5 for 50 (.100) on the season with a double, two home runs, six RBI and 10 walks.

Replacing Joyce is outfielder Matt Vierling, who had his contract selected after playing just three games at Triple A. Vierling hit .345 in 102 plate appearances with Double A Reading and went 5 for 12 with the IronPigs. He’s a right-handed hitter the Phillies drafted in the fifth round in 2018 out of Notre Dame. Vierling would have been eligible to be selected by another team in this winter’s Rule 5 draft if he wasn’t added to the 40-man roster.

Vierling would go on to make his debut in Saturday's game as a pinch-hitter. He had one at-bat and picked up his first big-league hit, run and stolen base.

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