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Kingery hopes to rejoin Phillies' lineup Friday

Rookie infielder OK after 98-mph pitch plunks right biceps
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PHILADELPHIA -- Scott Kingery's right arm is sore, but he is OK.

Marlins right-hander Tayron Guerrero hit Kingery on the right biceps with a 98-mph fastball in the ninth inning of Philly's 2-1 loss on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. Kingery said before Wednesday night's game against the Marlins that he can play, if needed. He said he hopes to be back in the Phillies' lineup this weekend against Washington at Nationals Park.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Scott Kingery's right arm is sore, but he is OK.

Marlins right-hander Tayron Guerrero hit Kingery on the right biceps with a 98-mph fastball in the ninth inning of Philly's 2-1 loss on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. Kingery said before Wednesday night's game against the Marlins that he can play, if needed. He said he hopes to be back in the Phillies' lineup this weekend against Washington at Nationals Park.

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Pedro Florimon started at shortstop in Wednesday's series finale.

"I don't think it's anything too serious," Kingery said. "I think throwing is going to be the more challenging thing. Swinging felt fine."

Kingery, 24, is hitting .217 with two home runs, 13 RBIs and a .647 OPS over 101 plate appearances in his first Major League season. He has four hits in his past nine at-bats and is expected to play primarily at shortstop while J.P. Crawford is on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right forearm.

Proud papa
Jose Valentin could not be prouder to see his son, Jesmuel Valentin, finally make the big leagues.

The Phillies recalled Jesmuel Valentin from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday, when they placed Crawford on the DL. Valentin came close to making the Opening Day roster in 2017 and '18, but fell short each time. He lost a bench job to Daniel Nava in 2017 and again this year when Kingery was signed to a six-year, $24 million contract.

Video: PHI@MIA: Valentin discusses his son's MLB debut

Jose Valentin played in the big leagues from 1992-2007. He hit .243 with 249 home runs and a .769 OPS over 16 seasons. He knows how hard it is not only to make the big leagues, but stay there.

He said he learned his son made the Phillies on Saturday night. Valentin, who is a Minor League infield coordinator with the Tigers, was in Toledo, Ohio. His wife, Ilka, was in Allentown, Pa., with her son. After Saturday's Lehigh Valley game was postponed because of rain, a bunch of people went to a Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey game.

Word spread that Crawford was injured. IronPigs manager Gary Jones then called Jesmuel. As he fielded the call, Ilka called her husband. She gave Jose the play-by-play of what was going on.

"She said he started to smile because Jones never calls him," Jose said. "She said he grabbed his head like, 'Oh, I can't believe it.' His eyes started to well up."

Jesmuel pinch-hit Sunday in a loss to Atlanta. He played in Kingery's place at shortstop Tuesday.

"Now the hardest part is being consistent and staying here forever," Jose said. "That's the hardest part."

Extra bases
Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. (strained right forearm) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Thursday. Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (strained right lat) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Friday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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