Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr will miss four to six months as he will undergo surgery on his left wrist on Wednesday, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The diagnosis is a torn extensor carpi ulnaris retinaculum, per CSN Philly’s Marshall Harris. Altherr suffered the injury in the first inning of Friday’s Grapefruit League exhibition, attempting to make a diving catch.
This is a big blow for the Phillies as this was Altherr’s chance to prove his performance in 39 games last season wasn’t a fluke. The 25-year-old hit .241/.338/.489 with five home runs, 22 RBI, 25 runs scored, and six stolen bases over 161 plate appearances while also showcasing solid defense in the outfield corners. He was projected to be the Phillies’ Opening Day right fielder.
Rule-5 pick Tyler Goeddel, Peter Bourjos, and Cody Asche now have opportunities for a full-time outfield job and will have the remainder of spring training to prove themselves.
Phillies rookie starter Aaron Nola was yet again sharp on Saturday night against the Nationals, scattering six singles over five shutout innings in a no-decision. He walked none and struck out five, hurling 44 of his 67 pitches for strikes.
That’s how his 2015 season will come to a close.
Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies have shut Nolan down for the remainder of the season — one whole week — as a way to protect his overall workload. Nola had thrown 109 1/3 innings between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to his July callup. He then threw 77 2/3 innings for the Phillies, to the tune of a 3.59 ERA, 1.197 WHIP, and 68/19 K/BB ratio.
The 22-year-old right-hander will be in the Phillies’ Opening Day rotation in 2016.
After Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin talked with upper management, there is a better chance the team won’t shut down rookie starter Aaron Nola, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Nola is scheduled to start Sunday against the Braves. There had been some thought that it would be his final start of the 2015 season as he’s thrown 65 2/3 innings in the majors and 109 1/3 in the minors. The total 175 innings is a huge workload increase and he’s only in his second year of professional baseball.
Nola, 22, has mostly pitched well in his first 11 starts, compiling a 4.11 ERA with a 1.20 WHIP and a 59/16 K/BB ratio. He was the Phillies’ first round pick, taken seventh overall, in the 2014 draft.