After suffering several concussions, former Phillies prospect Tommy Joseph is moving out from behind the plate to first base, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports. Joseph was one of three players — along with Seth Rosin and Nate Schierholtz — acquired by the Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade with the Giants at the trade deadline in 2012.
Joseph, 23, has struggled when he was able to stay on the field. In 76 plate appearances with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, he has a .123/.135/.178 triple-slash line with only four extra-base hits (all doubles) and six RBI. He hasn’t played since May 11 due to his latest concussion.
Both the Phillies and Joseph seem to be in agreement that a position change is best:
“He’s not going to catch going forward,” said Joe Jordan, the team’s director of player development. “We’re not going to expose him to that type of risk.
“Tommy is very excited about the move and anxious to get back on the field playing again.”
Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.
Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.
After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.