John Mayberry no doubt had hopes of following up a poor season at Triple-A with a great showing in the Arizona Fall League, but instead the Phillies prospect has been sent home with a leg injury after appearing in just one game.
Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Mayberry was examined by doctors in Florida and is expected to be healthy in time for spring training, but the former first-round pick already seems like a long shot to claim a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Jayson Werth leaving as a free agent would leave a big hole in the Phillies’ outfield, but top prospect Domonic Brown is expected to replace him in right field after getting his feet wet in the majors down the stretch this season.
Brown hit .327/.391/.589 in the minors this season, including .346/.390/.561 in 28 games at Triple-A as a 22-year-old, while Mayberry hit .267/.328/.412 in 128 games on that same Triple-A team as a 26-year-old.
Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove is done for the year after suffering an abdominal wall muscle strain and stress reaction in his pelvic bone. While he isn’t expected to undergo surgery or miss additional time in 2019, he’s been prescribed six weeks of rest before resuming any baseball-related activities.
Musgrove, 25, finished out his third year in Pittsburgh with a 6-9 record in 19 starts, backed by a 4.06 ERA, 1.8 BB/9, and 7.8 SO/9. Despite logging a career-high 115 1/3 innings at the major league level, he’s also been dogged by a string of injuries, from the shoulder strain that robbed him of eight weeks at the start of the season to an index finger infection that kept him sidelined for a minimum 10-day stay on the disabled list in June.
While he works his way back up to full strength yet again, rookie right-hander Nick Kingham is expected to cover for him and will make a spot start during the Pirates’ series finale against the Brewers on Sunday. The 26-year-old righty hasn’t started a single game for the team since August 1, and currently carries a 4.69 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.1 SO/9 over 71 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.