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Another injury, more missed time for prospect Roman Quinn

Another injury, more missed time for prospect Roman Quinn

Oft-injured Phillies prospect Roman Quinn is on the shelf again. The team announced Monday night that Quinn had surgery earlier in the day to repair a torn ligament in his right middle finger. Quinn will be out six to eight weeks, the team said.

Quinn, who turned 25 last week, has long been one of the Phillies’ most exciting prospects, mostly for the electricity he generates on the bases and in the outfield. His career, however, has been marked by one injury after another. The team’s second-round draft pick in 2011 has missed time over the years with a torn Achilles tendon, a torn left quadriceps, a concussion and a strained elbow ligament.

Quinn suffered his latest injury diving into a base last week while playing for Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Quinn has been a standout in big-league spring training for the Phillies. 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. That’s some serious heat. Now, Quinn is on ice again.

What Roman Quinn, Zach Eflin moves mean for Phillies' roster

What Roman Quinn, Zach Eflin moves mean for Phillies' roster

CLEARWATER, Fla. — A day before the Phillies leave Florida and head to Atlanta, the team's opening day roster continues to come into focus.

On Monday morning, the Phils sent outfielder Roman Quinn, starting pitcher Zach Eflin and lefty reliever Zac Curtis to Triple A.

Later in the day, manager Gabe Kapler said that reliever Tommy Hunter would start the season on the DL with a "mild" hamstring strain.

With Quinn and Jesmuel Valentin, who was optioned out on Sunday, off to Triple A, the position player side of the roster appears set at 12.

With Hunter headed to the DL, the bullpen appears to be set as well.

Here are the 12 position players:

Catchers
Jorge Alfaro
Andrew Knapp

Infielders
Carlos Santana
Cesar Hernandez
Maikel Franco
J.P. Crawford

Outfielders
Odubel Herrera
Aaron Altherr
Nick Williams
Rhys Hoskins

Infielder/outfielders
Scott Kingery
Pedro Florimon

With 12 position players, the Phils are set to open with 13 pitchers. It looks like they will go with a four-man rotation until Jake Arrieta is activated on April 8. Arrieta could open on the disabled list to build arm strength or briefly be optioned to the minors. He will pitch in Clearwater on Tuesday and throw a simulated game in New York next week as he gears for his debut.

As of Monday morning, there were four locks in the rotation:

• Aaron Nola
• Nick Pivetta
• Vince Velasquez
• Ben Lively

The Phils will open with a nine-man bullpen. This appears to be it:

• Hector Neris
• Pat Neshek
• Luis Garcia
• Adam Morgan (LH)
• Hoby Milner (LH)
• Edubray Ramos
• Drew Hutchison
• Jake Thompson
• Victor Arano

• Tommy Hunter (DL)

Rupp released
A day after designating him for assignment, the Phillies released catcher Cameron Rupp. He is free to sign with any team. Rupp was due to make $2.05 million from the Phillies this season but his salary was non-guaranteed.

Phillies' opening day roster decisions not getting any easier

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Phillies' opening day roster decisions not getting any easier

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CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies are going down to the wire with their opening day roster decisions.

Manager Gabe Kapler & Co. got another look at pitcher Drew Hutchison and bench candidates Jesmuel Valentin and Roman Quinn on Saturday in a game against the Tigers in Lakeland. None of the three hurt their chances of making the club in a 4-1 win over the Tigers.

Hutchison, a Lakeland native, pitched four scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and survived three walks. He struck out three, including Miguel Cabrera with runners on second and third with one out in the third inning. 

Hutchison, 27, made 74 starts from 2012 to 2016 with the Blue Jays and Pirates. He spent all of last season with the Pirates’ Triple A club and signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies last month. The Phillies have given the right-hander a good look and he has responded well. He has given up 12 hits and six runs in 19 2/3 innings for a 2.75 ERA. However, he has walked eight while registering 17 strikeouts.

Hutchison’s best chance to make the club could be as a long man in the bullpen. Ben Lively is also in the running for that job. Jake Thompson could also be in the picture. He is converting to the bullpen but has built up his pitch counts.

Valentin, a strong candidate for a utility job, started at first base with a borrowed mitt from Rhys Hoskins. Valentin has a first baseman’s mitt and a catcher's mitt on order. He could be the emergency third catcher. Valentin had a good game. He made a nice defensive play and had two hits and a walk. He has played seven positions this spring.

Quinn had two hits, scored a run and swiped three bases. He could open with the big club or be sent to Triple A for playing time. He has impressed Kapler with his electricity and figures to impact the big club at some point, maybe as soon as opening day.

Scott Kingery had two more hits, raising his average to .392 (20 for 51). He will likely open in Triple A but could be up by the third weekend of the season. Delaying his arrival until then would push his potential free agency back until after 2024.

• Rhys Hoskins stayed back in Clearwater and got a bunch of at-bats in a pair of minor-league games. He swatted a pair of opposite-field homers in a Triple A game.

The Phillies host the Orioles on Saturday. Nick Pivetta will start.