Alfaro (quad) is back in the lineup Saturday after missing five straight games against the Braves. Alfaro had been battling a quad strain. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .379 with a 1.072 OPS over his last 12 games. He'll catch and hit eighth against the Braves.
Alfaro missed his fifth consecutive game Friday due to a right quad strain, but Phillies manager Gabe Kapler is confident that he will be able to catch one of the team's final two regular-season games this weekend, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Andrew Knapp has seen an uptick in playing time in Alfaro's absence, but the issue has provided an unexpected blow for those who expected him to get his usual share of starts behind the dish for the final week of the regular season.
Alfaro went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and a stolen base in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Mets. Alfaro capped a five-run sixth inning for the Phillies with his 426-foot blast to left-center field off Drew Smith. The 25-year-old isn't garnering everyday starts since Wilson Ramos came off the disabled list in mid-August, but Alfaro typically sees at least a couple starts a week and is 8-for-22 in September.
Alfaro went 3-for-3 in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Marlins. He had half the Phillies' hits on the night, as the rest of the lineup simply couldn't get anything going against Sandy Alcantara. Alfaro's playing time has dwindled since the addition of Wilson Ramos, but the 25-year-old is making the most of his scant opportunities, going 13-for-33 (.394) with two homers and six RBI over the course of a nine-game hitting streak that dates back to Aug. 16.
Alfaro went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's 8-1 loss to the Cubs. Alfaro put the Phillies on the board in the ninth inning on a double to right field, but the Cubs would handily take the series finale. The 27-year-old backstop has been hot at the plate recently, piecing together an eight-game hitting streak. He's gone 10-for-30 with three extra-base hits and six RBI over that span.