CINCINNATI — The Phillies will add some speed and potential electricity to their bench by calling up switch-hitting outfielder Roman Quinn in time for Friday night’s game against the Reds, according to sources.
Quinn will replace left-hander Ranger Suarez, who was sent back to Triple A after notching a victory in his big-league debut Thursday night. Suarez gave up four runs over five-plus innings and was backed by seven home runs as the Phillies tied a team record to improve to 14 games over .500 and go 2 ½ games up in the NL East.
Quinn, 25, was the team’s second-round draft pick in 2011 and someone who drew early comparisons to Jimmy Rollins. He played shortstop and center field as a youngster and has played both in the Phillies’ system. He has primarily played in the outfield since the middle of the 2014 season.
Quinn’s calling card is top-of-the-scale speed. It makes him dangerous on the bases and in the outfield and could make him a weapon off the bench for manager Gabe Kapler, provided he can stay healthy. Quinn’s career has been marked by one injury after another. He has missed time over the years with a torn Achilles tendon, a torn left quadriceps, a concussion, a strained elbow ligament and a torn ligament in his right middle finger, which required surgery in May. Quinn returned to action in the minors earlier this month and is completely healthy.
Quinn has been a standout in big-league spring training camp the last two years. The team considered carrying him as an extra man on the opening day roster this season, but sent him back to Triple A to play every day. Quinn spent some time in the majors in September 2016. He had 15 hits in 57 at-bats (.263) and recorded a .373 on-base percentage. In one memorable play, Quinn threw out a runner at home plate from center field. The throw registered 96 mph to the plate on MLB’s Statcast. The guy has some tools. It's time to see how they play off the Phillies' bench.
Even as Quinn comes to the majors, the Phillies' front office is trying to make a trade to improve the roster for the stretch drive. The team could still add a reliever and a bat that could possibly get some time at shortstop or in the outfield.
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On this edition of At The Yard, Corey Seidman and Jim Salisbury discuss Nick Pivetta being sent down to AAA. How much concern should there be with Aaron Nola's slow start?
What impact will Roman Quinn have? How does he fit in this lineup?
Also, do the Phillies need to make a move to help their bullpen? And this week's version of the MLB bat flip controversy.
0:30 - Nick Pivetta sent down to AAA.
5:00 - How much concern do the guys have over Aaron Nola's start?
8:00 - Can Jake Arrieta sustain this level?
10:00 - How does Roman Quinn fit in the lineup?
13:00 - The importance of a healthy David Robertson.
17:00 - Do the Phillies need to make a move if Robertson isn't healthy moving forward?
19:30 - How involved were the Phillies with Edwin Diaz?
22:30 - This week in bat flip controversy.
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DENVER – The Phillies placed centerfielder Odubel Herrera on the 10-day injured list before Thursday night’s game against the Rockies and activated Roman Quinn from his minor-league rehabilitation assignment.
Quinn was in the starting lineup, playing centerfield and batting sixth, against Colorado right-hander Kyle Freeland.
The transaction involving Herrera and Quinn temporarily solved a roster riddle for the Phillies. Quinn’s 20-day rehab stint was due to expire next week and he had to go on the 25-man roster because he is out of minor-league options. The Phils would have had to clear room for him by subtracting a player, possibly outfielder Aaron Altherr or outfielder Nick Williams. Like Quinn, Altherr is out of options so he could be a trade candidate. Williams can be sent to the minors.
The Phillies could still have to face this decision soon because it does not sound as if Herrera will need significant time on the IL. He has a minor hamstring injury.
“He reported today with mild soreness, a little bit tender to the touch,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “At that point, we knew it was going to be a couple of days and if it’s going to be a couple of days we need to protect the ballclub and protect Odubel.”
Herrera said he did not believe he would need more than 10 days on the IL.
Quinn, exciting but oft-injured, could ultimately push Herrera for time in centerfield. He has game-changing speed and gap power.
“When he hits a single, we see it as a possible double or triple or he can score easily from first base on a single,” Kapler said. “He’s just different than a lot of guys in the league.”
Quinn suffered an oblique strain in spring training.
“I’m ready to go,” he said. “I’m excited.”
Kapler said Quinn would not be the only player to gets reps in centerfield while Herrera was out. Altherr figures to get some time. Scott Kingery could also get some time there, possibly next week in New York. For now, however, Kingery is at shortstop, possibly for the next two or three days, as Jean Segura deals with hamstring tightness. Segura has not been placed on the IL. The Phillies are carrying utility infielder Phil Gosselin as insurance and going with just seven relievers. They typically carry eight.
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