The Philadelphia Phillies were dealt a crushing blow on Sunday, as outfield-extraordinaire Brandon Marsh was placed on the injured list with a bruised knee. Prior to the announcement, Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer posted on social media that Marsh was on crutches in the clubhouse before the game, which does not sound promising. She followed that up by saying that Rob Thomson says "two or three weeks" for Marsh's recovery.
Marsh, 25, had been a huge bright spot for this Phillies club. In 101 games this year, he has 20 doubles, six triples, eight home runs, 43 RBI and a 125 OPS+. He has played all over the outfield and was a major sparkplug for this club's offense. Without him in the every day lineup, the team reached down to the Triple-A level to bring up an intriguing power-hitting prospect.
Phillies recall Weston Wilson from Triple-A to make his big league debut.
Coming up to replace Marsh on the active roster will be 28-year-old Weston Wilson, who will make his major league debut once he gets into a game with the Phillies. Wilson's story is a great one, as he was drafted back in 2016 by the Brewers and has been playing at a big league-caliber level for quite some time in the high minors with both the Brewers and the Phillies.
Wilson is a utilityman through and through, making defensive appearances at all four infield positions and all three spots in the outfield over the course of his minor league career. He had typically played first, second and third base in the past before making a full-time move to shortstop this year for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. At shortstop, he has taken to the position nicely, drawing rave reviews for his defense there by talent evaluators around the game.
At the plate, Wilson made it into exactly 100 games for the IronPigs before his promotion. In that time, he had 25 home runs and 69 runs batted in, along with 67 runs scored, 23 stolen bases and an .884 OPS. In nearly every way, he has taken his game to a whole new level this year, and he should be a huge boost to this Phillies club that is firmly in contention for a postseason berth this season.