TORONTO -- The Phillies made three trades to boost their offense in the past month. Two of those players have health issues. The other has struggled offensively.Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos might be the team's best hitter at the moment, but he has started just five of the Phillies' 11 games
TORONTO -- The Phillies made three trades to boost their offense in the past month. Two of those players have health issues. The other has struggled offensively.
Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos might be the team's best hitter at the moment, but he has started just five of the Phillies' 11 games since being activated from the 10-day disabled list Aug. 15. Ramos, who did not start Saturday against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, has hamstring issues and is recovering from a sore left wrist. He is expected to start Sunday afternoon's series finale.
"We definitely want him to play tomorrow," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said Saturday. "We thought three days in a row was a little aggressive. We're not worried about him getting hurt. We're just worried about pushing him so much that he's not going to be as effective, and maybe he ends up not healthy as a result of us just riding him."
Ramos missed about a month earlier this season because of a strained left hamstring. The left hamstring seems to have recovered, but he has had tightness in the right hamstring. The left wrist has improved, but it continues to be monitored.
The likelihood is that Ramos is never 100 percent healthy the rest of the season, but the Phillies hope to get him to a point where he can play more frequently.
"He's probably not at the place yet where we can just run him out there four, five days a week and not think about it," Kapler said.
Meanwhile, first baseman Justin Bour rejoined the team after having a MRI exam on his strained left oblique Friday in Philadelphia. There is no timetable for his return, but Bour is hopeful he will not be sidelined deep into September. Of six Phillies hitters that spent time on the disabled list since 2008 with oblique injuries, only one spent fewer than three weeks on the DL: Jayson Werth in '08. He missed 15 days.
"It's tough to really pin a day because you don't know how the body is going to react and how the body is going to heal," Bour said. "But I'm already feeling better. I'm already making progressions to come back. That's a positive sign, whereas last year it was totally different."
Bour missed seven weeks last season because of a strained right oblique.
Phillies infielder Asdrubal Cabrera is the only healthy position player the Phillies have acquired in the past month, but he has hit just .189 (17-for-90) with six doubles, two home runs, nine RBIs and a .554 OPS since joining the team on July 28.
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.