Williams is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets. Skipper Gabe Kapler has deployed a fairly static lineup all season featuring Andrew McCutchen, Odubel Herrera and Bryce Harper as the team's regular outfield configuration, leaving few opportunities for Williams to see action. Williams still has yet to draw a start through the Phillies' first 17 contests and has received only 15 plate appearances off the bench this season.
Williams isn't included in the Phillies' lineup for Wednesday's game against the Nationals. Manager Gabe Kapler has rolled out the exact same starting nine and bating order in each of the Phillies' first five games, preventing Williams from seeing action as anything more than a pinch hitter or defensive replacement this season. Even with the Phillies playing a day game after a night game Wednesday, Kapler won't deviate from his usual lineup. Playing time looks like it may be hard to come by for Williams unless one of the outfielders ahead of him on the depth chart succumbs to an injury.
Williams is hitting .297 with a homer and three doubles in 12 Grapefruit League games. It's been a fairly good performance, though Williams' role this season is set to decrease regardless of what he does this spring with Andrew McCutchen and Bryce Harper unlikely to cede many at-bats in the outfield corners. Odubel Herrera's grip on the center-field job appears to be less firm, but none of Williams, Harper or McCutchen fits well there, so any at-bats lost by Herrera are unlikely to go to Williams.
Williams (shoulder) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Williams has been used as a pinch runner two of the last three games but hasn't been to the plate since striking out in a pinch-hit appearance Sept. 18. The 25-year-old is dealing with shoulder and hand injuries, and although the severity remains unclear, his usage as a pinch runner suggests it's not an overly serious issue. Williams is likely to finish the season with a .256/.324/.425 slash line with 17 home runs in 407 at-bats.
Williams (shoulder, hand) is out of Thursday's starting nine against the Rockies, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Williams will be withheld from the lineup for the 10th consecutive game as Jose Bautista gets a start in right field. There remains no concrete timetable for Williams, so don't be surprised if his season has come to a close.
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