Ben Revere Breaks Foot And Deadline Plans
By Alex Christy
In yet another stroke of indescribable luck, Ben Revere broke his foot in yesterday after fouling off a ball in the 11th inning.
Jul 13, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Ben Revere (2) lays on the ground after fouling the ball off his foot in the eleventh inning against the Chicago White Sox during game one of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. He broke his foot on the play. The White Sox defeated the Phillies, 5-4 in eleven innings. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Since the end of April, Revere has been hitting .347 which is the sixth best during that time. Sure it is a minor miracle when the kid hits a ball that bounces to the warning track, but there is no denying he has morphed in to an important part of the Phillies offensive attack.
For those who hate baseball and want this team to sell off all the players I have ever known, Revere’s injury is welcomed news. As it stands, John Mayberry Jr. is now the de facto center fielder and Laynce Nix remains useless. That is, unless, Ruben Amaro finds someone that he can trade for.
The trade deadline is still a few weeks away, but this injury makes those weeks even hazier than they were before. It was already unclear whether Amaro would buy or sell. Now what? How does this injury change his thinking? Does it change it at all?
Sometimes I like to pretend I could do a better job than Amaro has done over the past few years. It makes me feel better about myself, I guess. Now is one of those times where I know I would have no clue what to do. Tyson Gillies, who would maybe be the guy called upon in this situation, isn’t really a guy who can be called upon in this situation. Maybe Michael Martinez? Eek.
Revere will undergo some tests tomorrow. From there they can begin to patch the hole or let the ship sink.