Three Phillies are progressing toward their returns from the injured list.
Jay Bruce, who’s been on the IL twice this season with a quad issue, took batting practice and ran Saturday, Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.
Roman Quinn, on the concussion IL, also took batting practice Saturday.
Scott Kingery, out since August 31 with back spasms, may be the closest to returning. He had five at-bats in a game in Lehigh Valley Friday night. He played the infield and outfield. He played in another game at the Phillies’ satellite site Saturday.
Girardi said it was fair to expect that none of them would return at least until the Phillies come home from Miami Tuesday. The Phils have three with the Mets, then four with the Blue Jays to finish out the home portion of their schedule.
The Phillies have been limited without these three regulars. Quinn’s absence has led to more playing time for Adam Haseley, who has hit the ball well in Miami. Kyle Garlick has also seen more playing time. He produced his first big hit as a Phillie with a three-run double in the eighth inning in Miami Saturday.
Bruce’s bat is missed whenever he’s hurt. He is not a threat to hit for a high batting average or get on base a ton, but Bruce’s power is still valuable. He serves a useful role on this team as a 6- or 7-hitter capable of hitting you a three-run jack. Bruce has homered 18 times in 216 at-bats as a Phillie, or once every 12 ABs. That would rank among the 10 best home run ratios in MLB over that span if he had enough at-bats to qualify.
There was a belief that Zack Wheeler, who was scratched this weekend with a torn fingernail, would throw Saturday. Girardi had no further updates on Wheeler’s status.