Phillies place Bruce, Quinn on IL; promote exciting prospect

Mauricio Llovera Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Mauricio Llovera Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

The Phillies announced a flurry of roster moves on Sunday afternoon

After placing Jay Bruce (left quad strain) and Roman Quinn (concussion) on the injured list, the Phillies announced a flurry of other roster moves to fill in the major league roster and the alternate site in Lehigh Valley.

Replacing Bruce and Quinn in the outfield and on the bench will be Kyle Garlick, the former Dodgers prospect who made the opening day roster but went 0-5 with two strikeouts to start his Phillies career.

Garlick has some raw power and will likely get an opportunity off the bench at some point while Bruce and Quinn are down. For the meantime, the Phillies will ride with Andrew McCutchen, Adam Haseley, and Bryce Harper in the outfield.

Expect a continuation of the DH rotation with Rhys Hoskins, Harper, Phil Gosselin, Neil Walker and possibly Garlick.

The Phillies also called up  24-year-old right-handed pitching prospect Mauricio Llovera, their 17th best prospect.

Llovera had a strong start to his minor league career with a 1.87 ERA in his first season in Rookie ball. That ERA has swayed a bit since then, but his fastball still sits in the mid 90s and an above-average changeup.

The Phillies likely won’t give him any high-leverage situations early on, but if he shows success similar to JoJo Romero early in his career the opportunity may present itself given how the Phillies bullpen has been at times.

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In their final batch of moves, Philadelphia promoted three players to the Lehigh Valley camp: catcher Henri Lartigue, LHP Jeff Singer and infielder Luke Williams.

None of those guys are on any of the team’s top 30 prospect lists, but they each have the potential to help if needed. Singer, a Holy Cross grad and Philadelphia native, had a 3.06 ERA in Reading last year.

Williams just turned 24 and is a former third round pick by Philadelphia. He’s struggled to hit in the minors with a career .236 average, but he hit 11 home runs in Reading, admittedly a home run friendly park.

Lartigue fills a catcher depth role in Lehigh Valley without much to speak of with his bat with a career .220 average in the minors.