The Phillies made one bullpen move, as well as gave updates on a handful of injured players on Sunday. Fireballing southpaw José Alvarado was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, while young swingman Cristopher Sánchez was optioned down in a corresponding move. Additionally, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki provided updates on the timetables for injured infielders Nick Maton, Johan Camargo and Jean Segura, among others.
The Phils’ bullpen has been rock solid during the team’s recent stretch of dominance, but could use another dependable left arm. José Alvarado limped to a 7.62 ERA over 13.0 innings to begin the year, but has not surrendered a run through 4.0 innings since being sent down to Triple-A. The 25-year-old Cristopher Sánchez will spend some time stretching out in Lehigh Valley, presumably to remain available to spot start if needed.
Zolecki offered some insight into the timetables of injured Phillies Maton, Camargo and Segura. Maton, who has been out since 3 June with a strained right shoulder, is still experiencing discomfort and has yet to move past light catching drills. Camargo strained his right knee only two days after Maton went down, and was expected to have only a short stay on the IL. However, the team believes that Camargo will benefit from some extra time, and will likely be out through this coming week. Segura is still slowly recovering from early June finger surgery, and could return in September according to Zolecki.
With any luck, the Phils will receive some infield reinforcements within the next week or two, as they’ve gotten quite thin up the middle. In fact, outfielder Matt Vierling played the keystone for the first time in his career on Saturday against Arizona.