Phillies Rob Thomson, Brandon Marsh provide best possible injury update

The Phillies left fielder is still on track to get back into game action before Opening Day.

Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Brandon Marsh is recovering from knee surgery
Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Brandon Marsh is recovering from knee surgery / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Brandon Marsh is one week removed from knee surgery, and early reports on his recovery have been encouraging all around. With spring training now underway, Marsh and manager Rob Thomson were both optimistic about the recovery timeline when speaking to the media.

In a recent article from MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, Marsh reportedly only used crutches for one hour post-surgery and was back on his feet the same day. Speaking with Zolecki, Marsh provided a history of when he suffered the injury (a collision with the wall at Great American Ballpark in 2022) and his current status as he begins the early stages of rehabilitation.

“Just loose bodies hanging around down there, just a little cleanup,” Marsh said per Zolecki. “It was a really simple surgery. It’s been a great recovery process and pretty easy.”

Marsh was confident that he'll be in the opening day lineup when the season begins in late March, and expects to be ready to participate in spring training games when the 3-4 week recovery timeline ends.

"When my time comes this spring, it’ll come," added Marsh per Zolecki. "The only thing I can control is my attitude and effort toward this knee.”

Thomson also encouraged by Marsh's progress

Speaking to the media on the first day of spring training, manager Rob Thomson shared Marsh's optimism about making a full recovery and being ready to start the season with the ballclub.

"He [Marsh] is on this machine where they take the weight off him so he can run a little bit and walk and just keep moving around," said Thomson. "And that's where we're at right now. But we're still on the same timeline. He's going to be game ready in three or four weeks. I'm really, really confident in that because the little clean up [procedure] went really well and he feels good."

Brandon Marsh is expected to start most games in left field this season. It sounds like his recovery is off to a nice start, and the Phillies should breathe a sigh of relief that Marsh should be back on the field before we know it.

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