The Philadelphia Phillies will be without outfielder Nate Schierholz for several weeks as he recovers from a broken toe. To take Schierholtz’s place on the active 25-man roster, the Phillies have called up infielder Hector Luna from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Schierholtz has played sparingly since being traded over in the Hunter Pence deal, and he’s hitting just .219 with a .622 OPS in 37 plate appearances with the Phillies. Previously, Schierholtz had hit .251/.321/.417 with five home runs and three stolen bases in 196 plate appearances for the San Francisco Giants.
It’s unfortunate for Schierholtz that his injury came now, because he would have gotten a big chance to compete for a starting job on the 2013 team. The Phillies very likely won’t bring back Juan Pierre for next year. Domonic Brown will take one spot but that leaves another job up for grabs, and Schierholz would have gotten an edge on the open market players since he’s already on the Phillies and under team control through the 2014 season.
There’s always a chance the Phillies could call up young prospect Tyson Gillies from the Double-A team, where Gillies is performing very well. He’s hitting .293/.371/.441 in 216 plate appearances and playing good defense in center field. Gillies is on the 40-day roster but has played just 47 games because of injuries and suspensions, and it may be worth a look for the Phillies to call him up in September to see if he has a chance to play as least a backup next season.