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Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Moving rehab to Double-A
Phillies manager Joe Girardi said Sunday that Moniak (hand) will shift his rehab assignment to Double-A Reading to begin the upcoming week, Alex Coffey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
He'll get a stiffer test after going 4-for-10 with two extra-base hits while making starts out of each outfield spot during his three-game rehab assignment at Single-A Clearwater. Moniak, who has been on the 10-day injured list all season after fracturing his right hand on the final day of spring training, could get a look as the Phillies' everyday center fielder once he completes his rehab assignment, according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia . Entering Sunday, Philadelphia center fielders ranked 29th in the majors in on-base percentage, with Odubel Herrera (.278 OBA), Roman Quinn (.172) and Matt Vierling (.259) all having struggled to move the needle at the plate.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Set to begin rehab assignment
Moniak (hand) is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Single-A Clearwater on Thursday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Moniak was poised to win a spot on the Phillies' Opening Day roster before he suffered a hairline fracture of his right hand when he was struck by a pitch in the club's final exhibition game of the spring. Six weeks later, Moniak's hand appears to have fully healed, but he'll still likely require at least a handful of rehab games to get his timing back at the plate. Once he's activated, the Phillies may not have a spot available for Moniak on the active roster, as he's somewhat redundant as a lefty-hitting bat off the bench in a Philadelphia outfield that already includes two lefty-hitting starters in Kyle Schwarber and Odubel Herrera.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Nearing live batting practice
Moniak (hand) is on track to begin live batting practice Friday, Alex Coffey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Moniak broke his hand the day before the regular season began, just one day after he was announced as a member of the team's Opening Day roster. The Phillies' previous confidence in him could mean that he has a roster spot waiting for him once healthy, though Odubel Herrera has long since returned from the oblique injury which sent him to the injured list to start the year, so there's no guarantee Moniak immediately returns to the big leagues.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Lands on injured list
Moniak hit the 10-day injured list with a broken right hand Friday.
Moniak, the first overall pick in the 2016 Draft, looked to be finally turning the corner after several frustrating seasons as he'd earned an Opening Day roster spot by posting a 1.351 OPS with six homers in 15 spring games. Instead, he was hit by a pitch in the Phillies' final exhibition game and will now miss about six weeks. Previous reports indicated the fracture was in his wrist, though the Phillies are calling it a broken hand. Simon Muzziotti was called up to take his place on the roster and will back up Matt Vierling in center field.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Slated to miss six weeks
Moniak has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right wrist and will miss approximately six weeks to begin the regular season, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Moniak was initially diagnosed with a bruised hand after being hit by a pitch during his final at-bat of spring training, but he's dealing with a more significant injury that will force him to miss at least a month and a half. Since Odubel Herrera (oblique) will begin the year on the injured list, Matt Vierling should serve as the Phillies' primary center fielder early in the season.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Wins roster spot
Moniak will begin the season on the Phillies' Opening Day roster, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
The 2016 first overall pick has fallen short of expectations for the last several years in the minors and has looked overmatched in his small sample of 55 MLB plate appearances, hitting .128/.241/.191 with a 40.0 percent strikeout rate. He's made changes at the plate under the tutelage of new hitting coach Kevin Long, however, allowing him to crush the ball to the tune of a 1.285 OPS and five homers in 14 games this spring. He'll be in a timeshare with Matt Vierling in center field until Odubel Herrera returns from his strained oblique. Since he's left-handed while Vierling bats from the right side, Moniak could fill the large side of a platoon, potentially setting him up for a larger role than expected throughout the season if he can carry his spring success over into the Phillies' early schedule.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Dealing with bruised hand
Moniak suffered a bruised right hand in Wednesday's spring game against the Rays, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Moniak was hit on the right hand when he struck out in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday, and he didn't return to the game. He underwent X-rays that came back negative, but it's not yet clear whether the issue will impact his availability to begin the regular season. If Moniak is forced to miss time, Matt Vierling would likely serve as the primary center fielder.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Clear path to roster spot
Moniak has a clear path to an Opening Day roster spot after Adam Haseley was traded to the White Sox on Tuesday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Odubel Herrera will miss at least the first few weeks of the season with an oblique strain, so the Phillies need another player capable of handling center field alongside Matt Vierling. While Vierling is a righty and Moniak is a lefty, the Phillies may give Vierling a true starting role rather than use a platoon. Moniak has shown very little in 55 MLB plate appearances, hitting .128/.241/.191 with a 40.0 percent strikeout rate, and he wasn't convincing for Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season, either, hitting .238/.299/.447. Still, he's just 23 years old and was the first overall pick back in 2016, so a roster spot would at least give him the opportunity to take a step forward and become a productive big leaguer.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Returns to Triple-A
Moniak was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Moniak was promoted from Lehigh Valley last weekend and appeared in six games during his week-plus in the majors, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The 23-year-old could rejoin the Phillies within the last two weeks of the season should the team require additional outfield depth.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Back in majors
Moniak was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.
He is hitting .244/.305/.435 with 12 home runs and five steals in 92 games at Triple-A. Travis Jankowski (foot contusion) was placed on the injured list in a corresponding move.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Returns to minors
The Phillies optioned Moniak to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.
This marks Moniak's third time being optioned since July 21, as he's been one of the replacements for Phillies players on the COVID-19 injured list. He had three pinch-hit at-bats in this latest big-league stint and went hitless with a strikeout. Given his frequent movement, Moniak may find himself back with Philadelphia at some point before the season ends.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Recalled Tuesday
Moniak was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to Tuesday's game against the Dodgers.
Moniak will join the big-league roster for the third time this season after Rhys Hoskins was placed on the 10-day injured list with a groin strain. He struggled during his previous stints with the Phillies, recording just three hits across 26 at-bats. The 23-year-old figures to serve as a reserve outfielder going forward.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Optioned back to minors
Moniak was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.
Moniak has spent two separate stints on the big-league roster in the last week, with neither lasting more than two days. He'll return to the minors for now, where the Phillies will hope he can continue the form he showed in his last 15 Triple-A games -- a stretch in which he hit .390 with four homers and 13 total extra-base hits.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Receives call-up
The Phillies recalled Moniak from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Moniak will return to Philadelphia after the big club placed outfielder Travis Jankowski on the COVID-19-related injured list in a corresponding move. Jankowski had been filling a large-side platoon role in center field of late, but Odubel Herrera is a more likely candidate than Moniak to step into the Phillies' everyday lineup versus right-handed pitching while Jankowski is away from the team.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Back in majors
Moniak was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.
Moniak will rejoin the big-league club for the first time since early May. The 23-year-old is unlikely to see much action, as the Phillies have plenty of outfield depth currently on the roster.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Optioned to Triple-A
Moniak was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.
Moniak was called up Tuesday, but he didn't appear in the Phillies' game against the Yankees. He'll now head back to the minors after right-hander Spencer Howard was recalled to provide length out of the bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Optioned to Triple-A
Moniak was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Moniak was called up by Philadelphia on Wednesday but failed to record an at-bat during his most recent stint on the major-league roster. He'll return to the minors since Jean Segura (quadriceps) will be reinstated from the injured list Friday.... See More ... See Less
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