Jankowski will start in center field and lead off Wednesday against the Nationals. Jankowski will pick up his fourth start in his five games since returning from a week-long stint on the COVID-19 injured list. He'll likely hold down a near-everyday role in the Philadelphia outfield until Andrew McCutchen (knee) is ready to return from the IL. The 30-year-old's high-contact approach and good speed could make him a useful two-category contributor (batting average and stolen bases) while he's seeing steady playing time.
Jankowski was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Jankowski had been sidelined since Sunday since he was feeling under the weather. In eight appearances after the All-Star break, the 30-year-old went 7-for-20 with a double, four RBI, three runs and a stolen base.
Jankowski (COVID-19 protocols) could rejoin the Phillies as early as Tuesday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Jankowski was placed on the COVID-19 IL on Sunday since he was feeling under the weather, but he didn't test positive for the virus. He's feeling better Monday and could return following a brief absence. Odubel Herrera is starting in center field and batting eighth against the Nationals on Monday.
The Phillies placed Jankowski on the COVID-19-related injured list Sunday. The team hasn't disclosed whether Jankowski tested positive for the virus or was deemed a close contact of an infected person or persons. Jankowski had been seeing an uptick in playing time in center field in recent weeks, but his move to the IL should clear the way for Odubel Herrera to slide back into an everyday role in the Philadelphia outfield.
Jankowski is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins. Miami is bringing a lefty (Braxton Garrett) to the hill for the series finale, so the lefty-hitting Jankowski will give way in center field to the righty-hitting Luke Williams. Jankowski looks like he could fill a strong-side platoon role at the position until the Phillies get Odubel Herrera (ankle) back from the 10-day injured list.
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