First baseman Darick Hall of the Philadelphia Phillies will have surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right thumb, he informed reporters on Friday.
Hall was attempting to extend a single in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s defeat to the New York Yankees when his hand landed on second base. Hall departed the game in the middle of the fifth inning when shortstop Anthony Volpe swipe-tagged right fielder Franchy Cordero’s fly ball.
He informed the media that he will have surgery the next week and intended to make a comeback in 2023.
On Friday, the Phillies activated infielder Kody Clemens from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and put Hall on the 10-day disabled list.
Following Rhys Hoskins’ season-ending knee injury, Hall, 27, started five games at first base for the Phillies. Hall has four hits and one RBI while hitting.222.
Hall hit.250 with nine home runs, 16 RBIs, and a.522 slugging percentage in 41 games for the Phillies in 2022.
For the Phillies, who play host to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday in their home opener, Clemens will start at first base and bat eighth in the order. In spring training, Clemens had a.319 average with 5 doubles, 3 home runs, and 10 RBIs.
The majority of the starts against right-handers would go to Clemens, according to Phillies manager Rob Thomson.
Thomson remarked, “He had a great spring training and would have made our club, but it just didn’t fit.” “He participated in spring training like that. Definitely, I have entire faith in him.
The Phillies would “figure it out” against lefties, according to Thomson. When facing challenging left-handed pitchers, he didn’t rule out shifting third baseman Alec Bohm to first.
Clemens, one of the four children of legendary pitcher Roger Clemens, was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Detroit Tigers in January in exchange for outfielder Matt Vierling, catcher Donny Sands, and left-handed pitcher Gregory Soto.
Clemens had a.145 batting average with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 56 games as a rookie with the Tigers last season.
As he continues to rehabilitate from offseason reconstructive elbow surgery, Bryce Harper, the star hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies, entered the field before Friday’s game to do batting practise once again.
The main worry, according to Thomson, is slipping and there is still no estimated time for Harper’s return. Additionally, there was no timeline for Harper to start pitching again.
Thomson remarked, “First things first, we’ve got to get him to slide, and then we’ve got to get him into games.” “Then we’ll work out the other part,” she said.