Phillies infielders have been dropping like flies, and Johan Camargo is the latest victim. The Phillies placed Camargo on the 10-Day IL with a right knee strain he suffered in Sunday’s game. Former top prospect Scott Kingery was selected from Triple-A in a corresponding move. 

With Jean Segura and Nick Maton already on the shelf, the Phils found themselves in desperate need of another middle infielder. The 28-year-old Kingery will give the team a depth option all over the field, as he’s previously suited up at every position other than pitcher, catcher and first base. 

Scott Kingery was a much-anticipated prospect back in 2018, leading then-General Manager Matt Klentak to sign him to a six-year, $24 million dollar contract extension before ever appearing in the major leagues. It hasn’t worked out very well for the Phillies so far, as Kingery has posted a tepid .229/.280/.387 slash line across 1,127 plate appearances. 

Ultimately, the Phillies designated Kingery for assignment in June of 2021, and assigned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He hasn’t done much this year to earn a promotion, as he’s slashed a putrid .185/.297/.296 in 16 Triple-A games. However, the rash of injuries to middle infielders meant the big league club just needed a warm body, so here he is. 

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While his bat has been completely lifeless in recent years, Kingery does offer above average speed and a decent glove all over the diamond. Don’t expect to see him get regular playing time, as the returning Didi Gregorius will be the starting shortstop, and Sunday afternoon’s hero Bryson Stott should see most of the starts at the keystone. Hopefully, some of the Phils’ injured infielders will come back soon, and this will prove to only be a temporary bind. 

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