The Philadelphia Phillies have announced a quartet of roster moves, with the most notable being Rhys Hoskins once again being placed on the injured list with a groin strain.
Phillies have made the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/MOmv6wdnWM— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 26, 2021
Shortly after, the return of Zach Eflin was delayed further after he was scratched with continued knee problems.
More bad news from Girardi pre game news conference. Zach Eflin scratched tonight. Continued knee issues. Matt Moore will start.— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) August 26, 2021
Hoskins made an immediate impact in just three games after returning from his previous IL stint. The slugger totaled three home runs and three RBIs after missing 14 games. However, it was obvious that Hoskins was still in discomfort, especially on some plays where he was forced to stretch at first base. The team will once again look to Brad Miller to replace Hoskins, despite Miller’s struggles. The lefty is slashing just .192/.286/.434 in 112 plate appearances in 43 games since the start of July. Alec Bohm could be an option if Hoskins is out for a prolonged period, but he wasn’t given many opportunities during Hoskins’ previous absence.
Eflin’s return looked like it would be a bonus to a Phillies rotation that has pitched well of late. However, his knee soreness related to his patellar tendonitis has flared up again despite just being activated for the first time since July 20th. Matt Moore will take his spot in the rotation for now. Moore has a 4.30 total ERA in four appearances in August, but has allowed just two runs in 10.1 innings in two starts in the month.
Alvarado’s return gives the Phillies a second left hander in their bullpen with Bailey Falter. He also gives another late inning option to pair with Hector Neris, Archie Bradley, and Ian Kennedy. The trio have pitched well recently, totaling a 2.93 ERA in 30.2 total innings across 30 appearances in August.
Anderson was ineffective on the season before being designated for assignment. The right hander totaled a 6.75 ERA in 14 major league appearances with nine starts.