The Phillies are experiencing a bit of flux at shortstop this week, as they’ve called up Bryson Stott to replace Didi Gregorius who was placed on the Injured List. Stott has been swinging a hot bat of late in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and he’ll get his second go around at the major league level. Gregorius sprained his MCL on Wednesday after colliding with Kyle Schwarber in short left field.
Stott became the talk of the town after tearing up spring training, and began the season on the Phillies’ opening day roster. However, the 24-year-old struggled mightily in his first nine big league games, posting a meager .161/.167/.328 line over 31 plate appearances. Things have been much better for Stott recently, as he’s gone 12-for-36 with a pair of home runs and a .986 OPS across nine contests for the Iron Pigs. Stott will likely share time with Johan Camargo at shortstop while Gregorius is on the shelf.
Gregorius has fared well for himself to begin the 2022 campaign by slashing .260/.311/.426 through 65 plate appearances before getting hurt. The 32-year-old Dutchman is in the final season of a two-year deal with the Phillies, and is looked at by the organization as a placeholder until they hand the reins to the up-and-coming Stott.
The Phillies have struggled mightily of late, dropping their last four games and sinking to an 11-15 record. However, the team has now had two games canceled due to rain, and hopefully the time off can allow them to reset. If all goes well, the team will be able to mix and match some very talented infielders if both Bryson Stott and Didi Gregorius get on track soon.