Injuries & Moves: Phils call up No. 7 prospect Kerkering

September 22nd, 2023

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Sept. 22: RHP selected from Triple-A Lehigh Valley; RHP optioned, IF DFA'd to make room on the 28- and 40-man rosters, respectively
The Phillies selected the contract of 22-year-old Kerkering, who began the season at Single-A Clearwater and is the club's No. 7 prospect as ranked by MLB Pipeline. To make room for him on the 28-man roster, the Phillies optioned right-hander Yunior Marte to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Phillies designated Drew Ellis for assignment.

Kerkering, 22, was 4-1 with 14 saves, a 1.51 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP across 49 relief appearances with Single-A Clearwater, High-A Jersey Shore, Double-A Reading (21) and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Kerkering is eligible for the postseason.

INJURY UPDATES

10-day and 15-day IL

60-day IL

1B (torn left ACL)
Expected return:
Possibly the postseason
Hoskins has had good and bad days recovering since his ACL surgery in late March. Hoskins, according to Phillies manager Rob Thomson, has begun doing tee work and taking try swings. Prior to the Phils' Sept. 10 game vs. the Marlins, Hoskins was expected to run on the field and do some agility work, including "some change in direction,” Thomson said. He was also planning to play catch.

There is almost no chance that Hoskins will play before the end of the regular season. The Phillies and Hoskins still have some hope that he could rejoin the active roster if they make another deep run in the postseason. Teammate Kyle Schwarber did exactly that with the Cubs in 2016. The 30-year-old Hoskins is set to become a free agent after the season. (Last updated: Sept. 10)

RHP (sprained UCL in right elbow)
Expected return:
2025
Painter had Tommy John surgery with ulnar nerve transposition surgery on July 25 in Los Angeles. Orthopedist Neal ElAttrache performed the procedures. Painter will return to Clearwater, Fla., later in the week to begin his rehabilitation. The typical timeline to return to play is 15 to 18 months.

Painter will miss the entire 2024 season. The Phillies first tried a conservative rehab process, following the opinions of their doctors and ElAttrache, who works closely with Painter’s agent Scott Boras.

“I know we’ll be looking at [Painter] and thinking in 2025 that he has a chance to be in our rotation at that time,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. “But that’s a long time away.” (Last updated: July 25)