Injuries & Moves: Turner rests; Clemens to get OF work

June 19th, 2024

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June 19: SS gets planned day off
Turner's absence from Wednesday's series finale against the Padres at Citizens Bank Park was a planned day off, according to manager Rob Thomson. Turner played back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday without experiencing any issues after missing six weeks with a strained left hamstring.

Giving Turner a recovery day ahead of the Phillies' off-day on Thursday allows him to get some extra rest before the club plays 10 straight games starting on Friday. Thomson said the plan will be to deploy Turner as he normally would starting with that stretch.

"So he'll get the two days [off] with the off-day tomorrow," Thomson said. "Then, we'll go. See how long we can go with him."

10-DAY/15-DAY INJURED LIST

UTIL (low back spasms)
Expected return: Late June
Clemens has been going through full baseball activities without any issues and is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this weekend. Manager Rob Thomson said that Clemens will play the outfield during his rehab stint, and depending how that goes, could be in the left-field mix upon his return.

Clemens' back locked up on his final swing of batting practice before the Phillies' June 2 game against the Cardinals. The club placed him on the IL the following day after it did not improve at all overnight. (Last updated: June 19)

RHP (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: Late June at earliest
Marte has struggled since beginning a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on May 25. He's allowed 13 runs (nine earned) on 19 hits and seven walks over nine innings in eight outings, including giving up six runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk in just two-thirds of an inning on June 13.

Following that outing, the Phillies brought Marte back to Philadelphia to throw a bullpen session in front of team trainers and the pitching staff. He checked out well during that session, and is expected to resume his rehab assignment on June 20.

"He feels fine, but the numbers don't add up," manager Rob Thomson said. "So they just wanted to get a look at him to see where he's at, and he'll go back to Lehigh Valley for another rehab [appearance]." (Last updated: June 19)

RHP Luis F. Ortiz (sprained left ankle/right shoulder/right forearm)
Expected return: TBD
Ortiz departed his June 18 rehab appearance with Triple-A Lehigh Valley due to a left forearm issue. Though he was originally on the IL because of a sprained left ankle he sustained on March 30, Ortiz had started to work his way back from that injury before the Phillies recalled him from his rehab assignment in late April after he started to experience inflammation in his right shoulder following a couple of rehab appearances with Single-A Clearwater.

With Ortiz now experiencing discomfort in his forearm, he will undergo further testing before the Phillies decide his next move. (Last updated: June 19)

C (right knee surgery)
Expected return: Start of second half
After battling through right knee pain on and off for more than a month, Realmuto and the Phillies opted for surgery to fix the issue, which he underwent on June 12. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said that Realmuto is expected to miss "about a month."

With the 2024 All-Star Game scheduled for July 16 this season, the All-Star break could give Realmuto a little extra time to possibly return at the start of the second half. (Last updated: June 18)

60-DAY INJURED LIST

RHP (right hand arterial vasospasm)
Expected return: TBD
Rucker will continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on June 21. He last pitched for the Phillies on March 1. Rucker was moved to the 60-day injured list on June 3. (Last updated: June 19)

RHP (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: TBD
Covey had started to play catch but he tweaked a hamstring while rehabbing. He is back in Clearwater, Fla., where he is shut down for the time being. Covey has not pitched since his final Grapefruit League appearance on March 1. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on June 1. (Last updated: June 1)

RHP (Tommy John surgery; No. 1 on Phillies Top 30 Prospects list)
Expected return: 2025
Painter underwent Tommy John surgery in late July 2023, and he is not expected to pitch again until the 2025 season. The right-hander remains the No. 19 overall prospect -- and No. 4-ranked pitcher -- in baseball, per MLB Pipeline. Painter will still be just 21 years old on Opening Day next year. (Last updated: May 18)