Ryan Flaherty is a light-hitting utility infielder on the wrong side of 30. Not ideal. He missed extended time with a right shoulder injury in 2017 and struggled mightily in his limited major-league action. While Flaherty has walked in over nine percent of his plate appearances over the past three seasons, he's also struck out in more than a quarter of his trips while displaying diminishing power. He has never posted a batting average above .224, his wRC+ marks have ranged from 51 to 84 and he has a total of six stolen bases in 452 career games. Flaherty can still play second base and third at a decent level, but that probably won't be enough to earn him a major-league role out of camp.
Flaherty signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Wednesday which includes an invitation to spring training, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports. The 2017 campaign was a forgettable one for Flaherty; the 31-year-old missed a majority of the season with a right shoulder injury and struggled to a .211/.302/.237 line in his limited appearances (23 games). His versatility on defense will allow him to compete for an Opening Day roster spot as the Phillies' utility man, but given his .215/.284/.355 career slash-line across six seasons with the Orioles, he doesn't figure to make much of an impact at the major-league level this season.
Flaherty will get a start in right while batting ninth for Wednesday's game against Oakland. This marks the first start for Flaherty since coming off the 60-day disabled list (shoulder) Thursday. The utility man was out since mid-May with the injury, and hasn't recorded an at-bat at the major-league level since. Moving forward, Flaherty will continue to serve as infield depth while possibly getting an opportunity to start once or twice a week.
Flaherty (shoulder) was activated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday. Flaherty has been sidelined since May with a right shoulder strain, but he's finally ready to rejoin the big club after a 16-game rehab stint dating back to July 27. The 31-year-old compiled a .233/.324/.267 slash line in 12 games with the Orioles before landing on the DL earlier in the season. Now that he's active, Flaherty will return to serving as a utility infielder for the Orioles.
Flaherty, who is on the 60-day DL with a right shoulder strain, is expected to be activated when the Orioles return to Baltimore on Thursday, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports. Flaherty now has 16 rehab games under his belt dating back to July 27. During the assignment, he's gone 17-for-51 (.333) with a pair of homers and 20 runs while playing at High- and Double-A. The 31-year-old looks to be on track to resume utility duties for Friday's game against the Angels.
Flaherty (shoulder) is scheduled to play for High-A Frederick on Monday, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports. While it was thought that Flaherty might return to the big club last week Thursday, the Orioles ultimately decided he needed more time before being activated from the 60-day disabled list. It's unclear when he'll return to the majors at this point, but he's approaching the 20 days allowed on a rehab assignment, so it will have to be within the next week. He's expected to serve as a utility infielder once he is activated.