It was well known that Ranger Suarez would have a short stay with the Phillies. He was only on the mound in Cincinnati Thursday night because he was already on the 40-man roster and the Phillies didn’t have any other pitchers who were both available to start and made sense. Suarez notched the win in a mediocre performance in his major league debut and was promptly returned to Lehigh Valley. The guy taking his place is somewhat of a surprise.
Roman Quinn, who is very familiar with the disabled list, was recalled from Lehigh Valley. Quinn has been working his way back since suffering a finger injury that required surgery and knocked him off the field in mid-May. Surgery repaired a torn ligament in the finger and after missing 67 of the IronPigs games, he was finally back with the team on July 24th after playing two games with Clearwater and one with Reading. It was thought that he might stick with the ‘Pigs a little longer as he regained some footing but the Phillies have decided that he is ready to help at the major league level and have brought him up.
In two games since returning to the IronPigs, Quinn went 3-for-8 (.375) with a walk and a stolen base. Add to that a diving catch in Thursday’s 7-6 walk-off win and a couple grabs that he made look routine, but really weren’t, and you get the idea that he just might be able to help the Phillies off the bench. It’s worth noting that in 98 at-bats this season, the speedy outfielder already had 11 infield singles, including three bunt singles. He also dropped a strong sacrifice bunt in Thursday’s win. All combined, Quinn was batting 2-11-.296/.349/.439 in 25 Triple-A games this season.
Quinn, 25, is a switch-hitting outfielder who has primarily played in center field where his speed is best put to use but he has also played both corner outfield spots. The only drawback to Quinn is his long history of injuries ranging from an Achilles tear to the finger injury. The Phillies basically acknowledged that because of that injury record he likely lacks the durability to play as an everyday outfielder but could help the club coming off the bench either as a hitter or pinch-runner.
The Phillies are looking to upgrade their bench which has been lacking for much of the season. Outfielder Aaron Altherr was recently optioned back to Lehigh Valley and veteran Trevor Plouffe arrived from Lehigh Valley and hit a game-winning three-run home run against the Dodgers earlier in the week. Pedro Florimon remains on the DL leaving Jesmuel Valentin to come off the bench for the infield but Valentin has struggled to just a .179 average and .261 on-base percentage in his first opportunity as a major leaguer.
Quinn will join the Phillies in Cincinnati and be available for Friday night’s game against the Reds.