Phillies activate Roman Quinn for series opener vs. Red Sox

Roman Quinn #24 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Roman Quinn #24 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

After spending a few days on the COVID-19 injured list, Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn has returned

Roman Quinn, who was placed on the COVID-19 injured list a after self-reporting symptoms that included a sore throat and earache, has been activated after testing negative.

Manager Joe Girardi has included Quinn the starting lineup on Tuesday, batting ninth and playing center field, as the Phillies begin a two-game series at Fenway Park.

Quinn was not cleared to rejoin the Phillies until after the team had already departed for Boston; therefore, the outfielder flew on commercial flight on Tuesday, according to The Athletic’s Meghan Montemurro. Quinn said he deals with seasonal allergies and figured it was causing his earache, but still reported symptoms out of precaution.

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WIth Quinn being activated, the Phillies had to make a corresponding roster move to make room for him on the roster. Southpaw rookie prospect JoJo Romero was previously optioned back down to the team’s alternate training site in Lehigh Valley as the corresponding move.

Contrary to previous reports, outfielder Kyle Garlick remains with the Phillies, who will carry an extra position player; right-handed reliever Reggie McClain, meanwhile, remains sidelined on the injured list (right shoulder impingement).

Jay Bruce, who was listed as day-to-day after having issues with his quad, was cleared and placed in the starting lineup. Bruce will bat seventh as the team’s designated hitter. Girardi said that there is a possibility that Bruce is scratched from the lineup before the first pitch, as he still has to pass tests during batting practice today.

Jean Segura is “okay,” according to Girardi, and he will be available off the bench. It is unclear when he will be able to return after dealing with a hamstring injury that required him to be listed as “day-to-day.”

The good thing for the Phillies is that none of these injuries appear to be serious.