The Philadelphia Phillies, who are 1-4 to start the 2023 season, cannot cope with any more injuries.
They are already down to Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, Andrew Painter and other key players.
Now, another key outfielder has gone down with an injury.
“Marsh has a slight sprain in his left ankle, the Phillies said. He is day-to-day,” tweeted Phillies infielder Matt Gelb.
The Phillies said Marsh had a slight sprain in his left ankle. It is day by day.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) April 5, 2023
The dynamic Brandon Marsh had a strong start to the season, hitting .333 with three runs, one home run, two RBIs and a 1.133 OPS.
The good news is that everything is pointing towards the injury being minor.
Gelb described it as “mild”.
Marsh was actually in the lineup for Wednesday’s game, but was scratched due to an ankle sprain.
He was considered day-to-day, and newly acquired Chris Pache replaced Marsh in center field against the New York Yankees.
Acquired by the Phillies from the Los Angeles Angels last season, he had a .637 OPS when Philadelphia set their sights on him.
With the Phillies, he took it up a notch and accumulated a .288/.319/.455 line and an improved .774 OPS.
In other words, the Phillies helped him reach his potential.
He was a key factor in the stretch run and the postseason for Philadelphia and is one of the manager’s favorites.
When at his best, he is a reliable fielder with an attractive power-pace combo.
He’s still 25, so he has a bright future ahead of him: you could say his best years are yet to come.
The Phillies expect him to be back in the lineup in a matter of days.
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