The Phillies signed veteran utility man Josh Harrison on Jan. 30 with an eye toward creating Spring Training competition and hopefully keeping him around as a proverbial "glue guy" for them this season. He ended up getting into 40 games for the club, but the 35-year-old who came into 2023 as a .272 career hitter just couldn't keep up, hitting .204 over 103 at-bats. Finally, on Aug. 2, the Phillies jettisoned him from the roster, to neither surprise nor dismay from anyone.
Like Kody Clemens, Josh Harrison also got a few pitching performances under his belt this year. Unlike Clemens, however, things didn't go so great. After a scoreless appearance in THE SECOND GAME OF THE SEASON against those eventual World Series Champion Texas Rangers, Harrison toed the rubber two weeks later against the Reds in his hometown of Cincinnati. He was blasted for five runs in an inning to cap off a 13-0 loss.
That was probably the most notable part of his brief Phillies career, aside from the fact that his only two home runs as a Phil came in Chicago (April 18 at the White Sox and June 28 at the Cubs). This is one of those oddities that might have gone down in Phillies history had the 2023 season ended better for the club.