• by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Phillies prospect Tommy Joseph continues rehab after concussion

    Phillies prospect Tommy Joseph took batting practice on Wednesday as he continues to rehab from a concussion, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. Joseph -- a former catcher who transitioned to first base because of concussions -- will head to Class A Clearwater to continue his recovery.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph moving to first base

    Concussions have forced Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph to give up the position, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. Joseph has suffered a series of concussions since 2010, the most recent when he was hit with a foul tip in May. Joseph will make the transition to first base. "It's not a sad day," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies director of player development. "He's healthy. He feels good. Not only the concussion stuff, but there was some vision deficiencies that they were able to address that may have been a result of some of his concussions. Tommy's in great spirits."

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Phillies prospect Tommy Joseph 'sidelined indefinitely'

    The Phillies announced catcher prospect Tommy Joseph will be "sidelined indefinitely" due to his concussion, according to MLB.com. Joseph will undergo a series of vestibular rehabilitation to help regain his balance and coordination. This season, Joseph is hitting .123 in 20 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Phillies option catcher Tommy Joseph to minor-league camp

    The Phillies announced Saturday they optioned catcher Tommy Joseph to minor-league camp. Joseph hit .154 (2 for 13) with five strikeouts in five spring games.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Phillies prospect Tommy Joseph healthy for spring training

    Phillies catcher and highly-touted prospect Tommy Joseph is healthy for the beginning of spring training. Via the Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph reported to Clearwater, Fla. a month early on Jan. 15, after gaining medical clearance, with the purpose of preparing for baseball's preseason. Joseph underwent a season-ending surgical procedure on his wrist,which ended his season early a year ago. Joseph appeared in 21 games with the Phillies' Double-A affiliate Reading Fightin Phils and posted a .282 batting average with five home runs and 19 RBI. He is full-go for the start of spring training. "It was nice to start doing things again," Joseph said. "I'm in spring training with no restrictions or anything like that. Nothing should stop me."

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Phillies GM on catching situation: 'We're short there'

    The Phillies enter spring training with a severe lack of depth behind starting catcher Carlos Ruiz, who is 36 and could be trade bait to a contender at the July deadline, reports Philly.com. "We're short there," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. admitted. Cameron Rupp is the current backup. He batted .183 in 60 at-bats last year. Tommy Joseph is the only other catcher on the 40-man roster. The highly-touted 23-year-old prospect is coming back from August wrist surgery and might start the season at Double-A. He took his first batting practice a couple weeks ago. "We'd be in trouble if Chooch goes down, so we have to continue to keep an eye on that," Amaro said recently. "We've had some dialogue with some clubs about possible trades to add depth there, too. We'll see. I think that may be something that gets more resolved in spring training than anything else."

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Tommy Joseph to have season-ending wrist surgery

    Phillies catcner prospect Tommy Joseph will undergo season-ending wrist surgery Tuesday. Joseph was recently on a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League (rookie) Phillies, but played only six games before being shut down July 19. He hit .282 with a .345 on-base percentage, .551 slugging percentage, .896 OPS, five home runs and 19 RBI in 21 games for Double-A Reading this season.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Tommy Joseph working way back from wrist injury

    Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph made his return from wrist surgery Thursday, for the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Joseph, who suffered the injury at Double-A Reading, caught and went 1 for 3 Thursday. He will likely see at least a few more games at the rookie league before he returns to Reading, where he was hitting .282/.345/.551 in 87 at-bats prior to the injury.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Tommy Joseph expected to start year at Double-A

    Phillies catcher prospect Tommy Joseph is expected to head back to Double-A to open the 2014 season after pretty much missing the entire 2013 season due to a concussion. However, minor-league director Joe Jordan said Joseph will remain at catcher after coming out of a four-week stint in winter ball with "no issues," according to The Morning Call. "I think right now the right thing to do is for [Joseph] to start back at Double-A and play and see where it takes us," Jordan said.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Phillies add four to 40-man roster

    The Phillies added outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and pitcher Rob Rasmussen to the 40-man roster Wednesday. Altherr hit .275/.337/.455 with 12 home runs, 69 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 466 at-bats with high Class A Clearwater last season. Dugan hit .291/.352/.506 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI in 429 at-bats between high Class A Clearwater and Double-A Reading. Joseph hit .179/.229/.285 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 123 at-bats across four levels while missing much of the season due to a concussion. Rasmussen, who was acquired in the trade that sent Michael Young to Los Angeles, went 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 113:60 K:BB ratio in 135 2/3 innings between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque.