Haseley (concussion) will start in center field and bat leadoff in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves. Haseley will check back into the lineup for the first time in six days after clearing the concussion protocol. Given the brevity of his absence, Haseley should have plenty of time to pick up competitive at-bats and get himself ready for Opening Day. The 23-year-old is projected to begin the season in an everyday role while Andrew McCutchen (knee) remains on the injured list.
The Phillies placed Haseley in the concussion protocol Tuesday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Haseley was initially only revealed to have suffered a cut on his forehead when he exited Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays after going face-first into the outfield while attempting to make a diving catch. Evidently, Haseley's follow-up tests determined that he had gotten concussed on the play, so he'll likely remain out of the spring lineup for at least a few days.
Haseley left Tuesday's game against Toronto after injuring his face while diving for a ball in the outfield, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The nature and severity of Haseley's injury are not yet known. The 23-year-old lines up as the Phillies' Opening Day center fielder, though a significant absence this spring could change that.
General manager Matt Klentak said Wednesday that he expects Haseley to be the team's regular center fielder in 2020, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. Roman Quinn was also mentioned as a possibility, though Quinn has missed a ton of time due to injury and struggled in his limited opportunities in 2019. Haseley also mostly struggled in his debut season, striking out in a quarter of his plate appearances and posting just a .531 OPS without the platoon edge. However, Haseley was a slight plus defensively, showed improvement in September, and his numbers at the upper levels of the minors suggest he has a better handle of the strike zone than he showed last season. Odubel Herrera was not mentioned by Klentak and does not seem to be in the Phillies' plans.
Haseley isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Braves. Haseley went 0-for-2 at the dish in Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox, though he did reach base twice on a pair of walks. Scott Kingery draws the start in center field and will hit fifth Tuesday.