NEW YORK -- A late-season revelation who recently elbowed his way into the Phillies' everyday alignment behind speed and defensive versatility, Roman Quinn was supposed to start, at least at some point, this weekend against the Mets. But he hasn't. Now, the Phillies don't know when he will again.
Quinn remains in a holding pattern after an X-ray revealed the outfielder has a non-displaced fracture in his right pinkie toe, the result of fouling a ball off his foot Wednesday in Miami. Quinn does not need surgery, but pain and swelling has kept him free from baseball activities for the past several days.
He said he plans to play again this season, though exactly when remains unclear. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler categorized the injury as "a matter of tolerance."
"We'll give it a couple days for the swelling to go down, then we should be good to roll," Quinn said. "The expectation is to get back out there."
So minute is the fracture in Quinn's toe, he said, "I was squinting my eyes looking at it" on the X-ray printout. He hardly needed to see it, though. Quinn said he "kinda knew something was wrong" as soon as he tried putting weight on the foot, his front one when he swings left-handed. The switch-hitter "wasn't able to walk much" upon waking up Thursday morning, he said.
Quinn, a rookie, played sporadically after being recalled in late July, but he had really come on of late, batting .370 with three doubles, three triples, a home run and five stolen bases in his last 12 starts. He has hit .338 with seven stolen bases in nine attempts in 33 games overall.
"If it's out of my control, then there is nothing I can do about it," Quinn said. "But if it's something I can control, I'll be pissed about it. But I definitely feel unlucky."
In his absence, Kapler utilized Pedro Florimon when he needed a late-game pinch-runner Friday (Florimon, a utility man more suited for the infield, then remained in right field). He has Aaron Altherr and Nick Williams (depending on who's starting) as potential outfield defensive replacements. But none bring the speed element Quinn does -- Quinn's average sprint speed of 30.0 feet/second leads the Phillies, and ties him with Trea Turner and Raul Mondesi for third place among baseball's fastest players.
"There is probably nobody like Quinn," Kapler said. "He can come off the bench and steal a base in a big moment, play all three outfield positions, maybe better than anybody else on the roster. I don't know if this complicates things, but it leaves us without a really good weapon."