The Phillies recalled Kingery from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.
Kingery and Mickey Moniak will move up from the minors to provide a couple of healthy bodies after Matt Joyce (calf) and Roman Quinn (finger) landed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday. The Phillies are likely viewing Kingery as a utility man for the time being, but he could be the next man up for an everyday role if the team loses yet another lineup regular to injury in the near future.
Kingery was optioned to the Phillies' alternate training site Monday.
The Phillies wanted Kingery to get regular at-bats in the minors to sort things out after an awful 2020 season and a poor spring. They were forced to turn to him during a late-April injury crisis but will send him back down now that the minor leagues are about to start. Cristopher Sanchez was recalled in a corresponding move.
Kingery was recalled by the Phillies on Wednesday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Kingery was unable to secure a spot on Philadelphia's Opening Day roster this year, but he'll join the major-league club after Jean Segura (quadriceps) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday. Kingery appeared in 36 games for the Phillies last year and slashed .159/.228/.283 with three home runs and six RBI.
The Phillies optioned Kingery to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Coming off a disastrous 2020 campaign in which he posted a lowly .159/.228/.283 slash line across 124 plate appearances, Kingery was forced to battle for a spot on the Opening Day roster during camp. He didn't fare much better this spring, contributing a .525 OPS while striking out in 19 of his 44 at-bats in Grapefruit League play before Philadelphia demoted him. The Phillies would ideally like to see Kingery regain some confidence at the plate at Triple-A before the team gives him another look with the big club.
Phillies manager Joe Giradi said Kingery will battle for playing time at multiple positions in spring training, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
In a related note, Girardi said that Jean Segura would enter the spring as Philadelphia's primary second baseman, implying that Kingery won't be a challenger for regular playing time at the keystone. Kingery's prior experience at third base and shortstop as well as all three outfield spots affords him multiple avenues to find work, but the Phillies' unwillingness to reserve one position for him suggests that he won't be earmarked for an everyday role. The lack of commitment comes as no surprise, given that Kingery was one of the majors' least productive hitters in 2020 with a .159/.228/.283 slash line (37 wRC+) across his 124 plate appearances.
Kingery went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during an 8-7 extra-inning loss to the Nationals in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.
After remaining on the bench during the matinee Tuesday, Kingery got the start at second base for the nightcap and took Paulo Espino deep in the fourth inning for his third homer of the year. Kingery has started nine of the last 11 games, and while his .222 batting average (6-for-27) over that stretch isn't particularly impressive, five of his hits have gone for extra bases (three doubles, two homers) and he's drawn five walks as well.
Kingery will start at second base and will bat eighth Monday against the Nationals.
A surge in injuries to other position players has reopened playing time for Kingery, who will pick up his fifth start in as many games. Kingery, who missed time earlier this month with a back injury of his own, has thus far been able to capitalize on the increased opportunities. He's gone 1-for-12 with a pair of walks over his prior four starts, dropping his season-long slash line to .141/.218/.239. His .457 OPS is the lowest among all MLB players with at least 100 plate appearances this season.
Kingery (soreness) will bat sixth and play second base in the first game of Friday's doubleheader against Toronto.
Kingery sat Thursday due to general soreness, but the issue evidently wasn't a particularly significant one. It's possible he's asked to start twice in one day Friday, as Jean Segura is likely to miss both contests after getting hit by a pitch in the triceps Thursday.
Kingery is "very sore" and isn't starting Thursday's game against the Mets, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Kingery started in three consecutive games prior to Thursday's contest, but manager Joe Girardi revealed that his absence for the series finale against the Mets is due to soreness. It's unclear whether he'll be available off the bench Thursday.
Kingery will man second base and will bat seventh in Wednesday's game against the Mets, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Due to injuries elsewhere on the roster, Kingery looks like he could be in store for an everyday role over the final week and a half of the season. Since being reinstated from the injured list Monday, Kingery has produced a home run and a double between his two starts. The two extra-base hits matched his combined output from his first 22 games of the season.
Kingery (back) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Monday.
Kingery spent two weeks recovering from back spasms, but he'll return to action Monday, playing second base and batting eighth. The utility man struggled prior to his placement on the injured list, slashing .127/.184/.183 with two extra-base hits and four RBI over 22 games this season.
Kingery was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with back spasms.
It has been a brutal season for Kingery, who is hitting .127 with one home run, zero steals and an 18:4 K:BB in 71 at-bats. He will be eligible to return Sept. 10. Jay Bruce was reinstated from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Kingery went 1-for-1 with a walkoff three-run homer in the 11th inning in a 7-4 victory over the Braves on Friday.
Kingery entered the game in the top half of the 11th as a defensive replacement for Alec Bohm but ended up being the hero at the plate after a three-run shot to left sealed the win for the Phillies. It was Kingery's first home run of 2020, and he has just nine hits and four RBI across 67 at-bats this season as he continues to play a supporting role off the bench.
Kingery is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Braves, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Kingery started seven of the Phillies' past eight games, going 3-for-26 during that stretch to drop his season slash line to .115/.169/.115. Even with the Phillies still missing one regular starter against right-handed pitching (Jay Bruce, quadriceps injury), Kingery's poor start to the season may be enough to keep him on the bench more frequently.
Kingery is out of the lineup for the first game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Blue Jays.
Roman Quinn will get the nod in center field, snapping a streak of four consecutive starts for Kingery. With Adam Haseley (wrist) on the injured list, Kingery looks like he still might be in line to receive the majority of the work in center field, though his poor form at the plate this season probably gives him a short leash. Kingery has posted a .279 OPS through 55 plate appearances on the campaign.
Kingery will start in center field and bat eighth Wednesday against the Red Sox, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Kingery looked like he would be headed to a more regular bench role after top prospect Alec Bohm was called up to take over as the Philles' everyday third baseman, but injuries to Adam Haseley (wrist) and Jean Segura (hamstring) have since reopened steady at-bats for the 26-year-old. He'll be starting for the fourth straight game Wednesday, with three assignments coming in center field and one coming at the keystone.
Kingery has dealt with back tightness and a left shoulder issue so far this season, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
The injuries perhaps explain why Kingery has started the year hitting just .100/.163/.100 through 11 games. They could potentially be traced to his battle with COVID-19 or to the fact that he didn't have time to properly prepare for the season after the virus wiped out some of his summer camp. He isn't expected to head to the injured list, though he is expected to head to a bench role, as Alec Bohm's arrival will push Jean Segura from third base to second.
General manager Matt Klentak hinted Thursday that Kingery will likely fill more a utility role for the Phillies following the promotion of top prospect Alec Bohm, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. "If we're going to call up a player like Alec, we want him to play every day," Klentak said. "I think what you're going to see [in Thursday's 11-4 loss to the Orioles] is pretty indicative of what the next week or so will be like. Alec will play quite a bit at third. [Jean] Segura will move over and play some second. Kingery now will help us in a variety of different spots, but notably, he may need to take down some reps in center field."
Kingery bounced around between several different positions in 2019 but still ended up handling a quasi-regular role, batting .258 with 19 home runs and 15 stolen bases across 500 plate appearances. The Phillies committed to Kingery as their everyday second baseman once he was able to recover from a positive COVID-19 test that delayed his arrival to summer camp, but the 26-year-old has been a major disappointment thus far, slashing .100/.163/.100 with no extra-base hits and no stolen bases in 11 games. After getting called up Thursday, Bohm entered the lineup at third base, resulting in Segura shifting over to the keystone while Kingery retreated to the bench. Based on Klentak's comments, that infield configuration may prove to be the status quo for the Phillies, though Kingery could still have a path to at-bats in center field. With Adam Haseley (wrist) landing on the injured list Thursday, Kingery's only competition for work in center looks to be Roman Quinn, who boasts excellent speed but is a below-average hitter so far during his big-league career (.244/.317/.393 slash line, 90 wRC+).
Kingery is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles.
Kingery is hitting an awful .100/.163/.100 over his first 43 plate appearances this season, though Wednesday's game is only his second time on the bench this year. He could sit more frequently going forward unless he starts to turn things around, especially with Phil Gosselin, who starts at second in his place Wednesday, hitting a remarkable .500/.591/.944 in a small sample of 22 plate appearances.
Kingery is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Braves.
Kingery is 0-for-7 with five strikeouts over the past three games and will head to the bench for Sunday's matinee, but he'll likely be starting Game 2. Neil Walker will start at the keystone for the Phillies.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/12||@ WAS||W 5-2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/09||@ ATL||L 1-6||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/08||@ ATL||L 7-8||3||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/07||@ ATL||W 12-2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/05||vs MIL||W 5-4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/02||vs NYM||L 7-8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/01||vs NYM||L 4-5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2017||AA-Reading Fightin Phil||69||278||62||87||18||5||18||44||28||51||19||3||.313||.379||.608|
|2017||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||63||265||41||78||11||3||8||21||13||58||10||2||.294||.337||.449|
|2019||AAX-Reading Fightin Phil||3||11||1||1||0||0||0||2||--||3||1||0||.091||.083||.091|