Joseph is fully recovered from the wrist tendinitis that forced him to cut his stint in the Dominican winter league short this offseason, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Joseph remains on track to open this season as the Phillies' regular first baseman. He said his goal this season is to improve his on-base percentage after he posted a .308 on-base percentage last season while splitting time at first base with Ryan Howard. He already showed some signs of improvement last season when he walked at a 3.7 percent clip in the first half, but improved that to 8.6 percent while also cutting his strikeout rate from 24.7 percent to 18.9 percent after the All-Star break. He has 30-plus homer upside this season with everyday playing time.
Saunders will earn $9 million this season and the club option for 2018 is worth $11 million with escalators that could push the total value to $14 million. He will start in right field for the Phillies this season and will be trade bait this summer if the team is not in playoff contention. Severino Gonzalez was designated for assignment to make room for Saunders on the Phillies' roster.
Lindholm recorded a power-play goal and seven shots Thursday against the Avalanche.
Lindholm was also on the ice for his team's only other goal as he finished with a plus-1 rating in the 2-1 win. He has just seven points this season after picking up at least 28 in each of his first three professional campaigns, but maybe this performance on the day before his 23rd birthday will get the young blueliner going.
Baker finished with two points (1-4 FG), two rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes during a 113-110 loss to the Wizards.
Baker got his third start in a row on Thursday, and had basically zero game impact on the second leg of a back-to-back. After going scoreless against Boston on Wednesday, Baker ran around aimlessly looking for catch-and-shoot opportunities on the perimeter that never materialized. With Porzingis working his way back to full health, Baker hasn't done himself any favors to earn minutes in the near future.
Gibson held the Avalanche to one goal on 22 shots in Thursday's 2-1 win.
Gibson wasn't pushed very hard in a game that saw his team out-shoot the opposition 36-22. He has lost just one of his past 14 starts in regulation while allowing a mere 23 goals in that span. Needless to say, the 23-year-old has adjusted quite well to playing a full starter's workload for the first time.
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