Phillies set to activate Wilson Ramos on Wednesday

ST PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 17: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a home run in the ninth inning during a game against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on April 17, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 17: Wilson Ramos #40 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits a home run in the ninth inning during a game against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on April 17, 2018 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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The Phillies lineup is getting a much-needed spark for the playoff run

Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos will be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday, according to Phillies beat writer Matt Breen.

Philadelphia acquired Ramos at the trade deadline from the Rays for a player to be named later or cash, which varies depending on when Ramos returns. Tampa Bay had placed Ramos on the disabled with a hamstring injury on July 18, retroactive to July 15, prior to the July 31 trade.

Ramos was hitting .297 prior to the injury in Tampa Bay with 14 doubles and 14 home runs. He’ll likely slot into the middle of the Phillies lineup once he arrives. The 31-year-old hit .444 in three rehab games in Clearwater and hit three doubles in his second game.

Catcher Andrew Knapp is a likely demotion candidate who could return in two weeks when September call-ups can be made. Knapp, a favorite of manager Gabe Kapler, is hitting .217 in 184 plate appearances.

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Starter Jorge Alfaro hasn’t fared well in his first full season as the starter, leading the league in passed balls while hitting .247 with seven home runs. He’s hitting just .172 in August and .236 since July 1 despite being one of the organization’s better prospects since coming in the Cole Hamels trade.

As Breen notes, Philadelphia is averaging just 2.28 runs per game over their last seven games. They were shutout twice on their recent road trip and lost two of three to the last-place Padres. General Manager Matt Klentak added Ramos, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Justin Bour to add pop to an inconsistent lineup and bolster the bench, but without Ramos, neither of that has happened just yet.

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Philadelphia sits two games behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East after holding the top spot since July 6. The two still have seven games against each other in September, including the final three games of the regular season.

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