Roman Quinn returned from the injured list Monday to boost the Phillies bench, but how long will he be active until he gets hurt again?
Phillies outfielders have been dropping like flies in the last month with the depth running thinner every day. Jay Bruce was the most recent one to succumb to injury as he is now day-to-day with hamstring tightness.
With the number of healthy outfielders dwindling, they thankfully got Roman Quinn back from the injured list Monday. Nick Williams was sent back to Triple-A to make room for Quinn, while Jerad Eickhoff went on the injured list with Edgar Garcia called up to replace him.
With Quinn back, the team finally has an actual center fielder on the roster again for the first time since Odubel Herrera went on administrative leave (excluding Adam Haseley‘s brief time in center field before getting hurt as well). Until now, it has been Scott Kingery learning the position on the fly.
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While it is nice to have Quinn back, just how long will he be able to play before another injury inevitable strikes? We’ve learned by now that it’s impossible to rely on him for an extended period.
Quinn has only played seven games this year due to multiple injuries. He opened the season on the injured list with an oblique strain suffered during spring training.
Quinn lasted just a week before getting re-injured in mid-April, this time with the groin strain that kept him out until now. Out of the two and a half months of this season, Quinn has been healthy for one week.
Quinn’s injury history is well-documented and dates back to his earliest days in the minor leagues. His transactions page on MLB.com reads like a novel with everything from a broken wrist to a concussion.
Given how often Quinn gets hurt, he likely winds up on the injured list yet again this season, putting the team back at square one. Kingery would then go back to center field, forcing either Maikel Franco or Sean Rodriguez to play third base. Even with Quinn, the front office should still be looking to add a center fielder before the trade deadline.
Until that likely happens, Quinn can hopefully make somewhat of an impact in center field or on the bench.