MLB Injuries: Philadelphia Phillies Face Trouble Times Three

By Sean O'Brien
Philadelphia Phillies Carlos Ruiz
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The Philadelphia Phillies might send three key players to the disabled list this week if all doesn’t go well.

Despite the dramatic come-from-behind victory that the team earned in the bottom of the ninth inning on May 19, with back-to-back home runs by Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis, troubling news about three other key men loomed in the South Philadelphia sky.

Mike Adams has been out of action since May 10, with a back sprain. So, his pending DL assignment isn’t unexpected. Hopefully his health issue doesn’t linger throughout the summer, because his eighth-inning role is highly important. The Phillies’ bullpen, sans Adams, has resembled last season’s ‘relief’ efforts.

Carlos Ruiz strained his right hamstring somewhere between first and third base in the bottom of the second inning today and will get an MRI tomorrow. After the second inning ended he was replaced by Kratz.

The loss of ‘Chooch’ for any length of time obviously wouldn’t be helpful. While he’s started slowly, Ruiz’ ongoing defensive presence and anticipated offensive contributions can’t be replaced.

In addition to the first two medical alerts, Ryan Howard is also now scheduled to have an MRI on Monday due to a lingering left knee issue.

The term ‘lingering’ should be clarified. According to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Howard said that his knee has been bothering him since spring training.

Anyone who has seen the ‘Big Piece’ play knows that he’s had an unusual hitch in his gait while on the base paths this season. This revelation might eventually serve as a firm explanation regarding his lack of power to-date.

Facing the short-term future without the services of up to three key players is a rather daunting Phillies’ dilemma.

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