We have the latest on a possible Jorge Alfaro injury suffered against the Dodgers
Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro took a pitch to the hand from Dodgers right-handed reliever Pedro Baez in the seventh inning Tuesday night.
Following J.P. Crawford’s first career triple, Alfaro stepped into the box in the bottom of the seventh down 2-1 against Los Angeles.
On a 2-2 pitch with no outs, Alfaro took a 97 MPH fastball directly to his right hand.
After reacting to the immense pain behind the plate, Alfaro walked down the first base line only to be met by the Phillies training staff. The 24-year-old catcher remained in the game and scored on a bases-loaded double roped off the bat of Rhys Hoskins following a 10-pitch at-bat with two outs.
Alfaro did stay in the game to catch in the eighth inning; an excellent sign for fans and coaches.
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There are 27 bones in the human hand, many of which are very small. Earlier this season catcher Andrew Knapp suffered a broken hand after being hit by a pitch, forcing him to miss extended time and allowing for Alfaro’s recent promotion.
Starting 11 games in the month of September, Alfaro has transitioned into the team’s full-time starter over Knapp and Cameron Rupp.
Ideally, Alfaro starts opening day next season with Knapp as the team’s backup.
Entering the game Alfaro was hitting .306 with four home runs and 11 RBI. His 28 strikeouts to just two walks continue to be an issue the Phillies are certainly working on.
If Alfaro can stay healthy and develop better plate discipline his future in Philadelphia is incredibly bright.