Phillies

Phillies roster roulette: Jay Bruce injured again, Adam Haseley is back in big leagues

Phillies roster roulette: Jay Bruce injured again, Adam Haseley is back in big leagues

Updated: 9:09 p.m. 

SAN FRANCISCO — Jay Bruce’s return to action did not last long.

Neither did Adam Haseley’s trip to the minor leagues.

After one game back in the lineup, Bruce has returned to the injured list, this time with a left elbow injury.

Haseley, who despite swinging a hot bat was sent to Triple A to clear room for Bruce on Thursday, has been recalled. He was in the starting lineup in center field against the Giants on Friday night. He had never actually reported to Triple A and is allowed to return to the majors without the typical 10-day wait because his recall is the result of an injury.

Bruce returned to the Phillies’ lineup on Thursday night after being sidelined for three weeks with an oblique injury. Like every other player in the starting lineup, he went hitless in a 5-0 loss to Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. (Pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez had the Phillies’ only hit.) Bruce emerged from the game with elbow soreness, the result of a throw he made in the third inning.

An MRI performed on Friday revealed that Bruce had a Grade 1 flexor strain. He will not hit or throw for two weeks. He will be evaluated after that.

“Frustrating is the only word for it,” Bruce said. "I needed to make a throw, I threw it, and it did not feel good."

Bruce is optimistic he will return to play this season.

Bruce’s latest injury begs the question of why the Phillies did not send him to the minors for a couple of games to get some at-bats and test his body in a rehab setting. Oftentimes, teams defer to veteran players on rehab assignments. Bruce did go through extensive outfield workouts in the days leading up to his coming off the IL.

“We look at decisions like that from every angle,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “He was rehabbing an intercostal muscle that was healed and he was feeling strong. He felt like his timing and his rhythm were where they needed to be. The injury that he was dealing with got better. He got in the batter’s box last night and smoked a ball and sprinted to first base. He looked great and felt great.”

Bruce, 32, was acquired from Seattle in June. He hit 10 homers and drove in 29 runs in his first 28 games with the club but is 0 for 17 since the All-Star break.

Bruce is under contract with the Phillies for next season. He had $21 million remaining on his deal when the Phillies acquired him, but the Phils are on the hook for just $2.75 million of that.

Thursday’s decision to send Haseley to the minors raised eyebrows because he was hitting .350 with a .381 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage over his previous 11 games and he had five hits, including two doubles, while starting the first three games on this road trip. The Phils were nearly no-hit without Haseley on Thursday night. Now, the 23-year-old outfielder is back on the active roster. Maybe the Phils will get more than one hit Friday night.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Phillies

Brian Dawkins schools Phillies prospects on how to handle boos

Brian Dawkins schools Phillies prospects on how to handle boos

A group of Phillies prospects was in town this week for the organization’s annual prospects education seminar.

One of those lessons came from a legend.

Brian Dawkins, the most motivational athlete this city has ever seen, shared with the group his thoughts on playing in Philadelphia and responding to the passionate fan base.

“Playing in Philadelphia is different,” Dawkins said. “If you get on the field, there is a 99.99 percent chance you will be booed. The thing I always knew though was that you may boo me that one time but I’m not gonna make the same mistake again.”

The group included Alec Bohm, the Phillies’ top offensive prospect, and Cristopher Sanchez, a pitching prospect with a 100 mph arm profiled here by Jim Salisbury.

Check out the video here if you’re seeking some extra juice at the gym or just want to see Weapon X drop some jewels.

More on the Phillies

Gabe Kapler and Giants make historic coaching hire with Alyssa Nakken

Gabe Kapler and Giants make historic coaching hire with Alyssa Nakken

With all of the chaos currently consuming the league, it may have been overlooked that the Giants and Gabe Kapler have made a historic coaching hire.

Alyssa Nakken has been named one of Kapler's assistant coaches. She will be the first woman on a major-league coaching staff.

Can anyone say girl power?

Nakken is also a chairperson for the Giants' Employee Resource Group. This group promotes diversity and equality within the organization.

And as a female, with her intelligence and determination and hunger and drive to excel — I understand some of her responsibility is keeping her fingers on the pulse of the culture — it’s invaluable. She’ll broaden the scope and perspective, and I applaud Gabe for doing this.

-Kathy Strahan, Nakken's former coach in an interview for the San Francisco Chronicle

This is a moment that could change the mold of the league in the new decade.

Women belong in sports and are here to stay. And this single hire has the potential to open numerous doors in the future for both the league and anyone who wants to be a part of it.

You can read more about the hire and get to know Nakken at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Phillies