Phils option Bellatti; Covey reports
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May 23: RHP Andrew Bellatti optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley; RHP Dylan Covey reports
Bellatti has made 15 relief appearances for the Phillies this season, 10 of which were scoreless. He’s posted a 5.68 ERA with 14 strikeouts and nine walks.
Covey, who was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers on May 20, allowed five hits, two runs, one walk and two home runs in four innings in relief on May 17 against the Twins. It was his only appearance of the season with Los Angeles, and his first in the big leagues since 2020. He was 1-0 with a 4.22 ERA in seven appearances (six starts) this season with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He is 6-29 with a 6.54 ERA in 72 appearances (45 starts) over a five-year career with the White Sox, Red Sox and Dodgers
May 20: RHP Yunior Marte recalled from Triple-A; RHP Erich Uelmen optioned
The Phillies recalled Marte from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and optioned Uelmen to the IronPigs in a corresponding move. Marte has allowed nine hits and 10 runs in just five innings over six appearances with Philadelphia this season. The Phillies optioned Uelmen because they are shorthanded in the bullpen following Friday, when Ranger Suárez lasted only two innings in a loss to the Cubs. The Phillies also are pitching right-hander Taijuan Walker on short rest on Sunday, so they might need more fresh arms, too.
10-day and 15-day IL
LHP José Alvarado (left elbow inflammation)
Expected return: TBD
Alvarado threw a flat ground bullpen session on May 22. If he feels OK following that, he will throw a bullpen session on May 24. Alvarado will throw a second bullpen session at some point, then begin to face hitters. The 28-year-old lefty will require a rehab assignment before rejoining the team. It is unclear if he could be back before the end of the Phillies’ three-city, 10-game road trip that ends June 4 in Washington. He was placed on the IL on May 10, retroactive to May 8, after having posted a 0.63 ERA in 14 appearances and recording five saves in seven opportunities this season. (Last updated: May 22)
CF Cristian Pache (right meniscus tear)
Expected return: 4-6 weeks
Pache had a right knee lateral meniscectomy on May 1. Phillies physician Steven Cohen performed the surgery in Philadelphia. Pache suffered the injury in the fifth inning of a 3-1 win over the Astros on April 28. He doubled off Framber Valdez and then extended his secondary lead towards third base, stopping abruptly. That’s when the tear occurred. The Phillies said Pache could return in four to six weeks.
Pache said he initially thought he could continue playing, but his knee progressively felt worse as the night wore on. When he woke up on April 29, “that’s when I knew something was wrong, because it was hurting like hell.” (Last updated: May 1)
RHP Noah Song (back tightness)
Expected return: TBD
Song, who opened the season on the injured list because of a back issue, threw a bullpen session on April 1 in Clearwater. He had been shut down since March 19 in an attempt to clear up any lingering tightness. Song, a Rule 5 Draft pick, will need to be on the active roster for at least 90 days this season to remain in the organization. (Last updated: April 1)
RHP Andrew Painter (sprained UCL in right elbow)
Expected return: Midsummer
Painter continues to play catch from 120 feet. He could have a short bullpen session from 50-55 feet in the near future.
The 20-year-old right-hander visited Philadelphia on May 9 to see team physicians and throw in front of Phillies coaches and medical staff. “He hasn’t had any setbacks,” manager Rob Thomson said. “Everything has been going fine.”
The Phillies placed Painter, their top prospect and the No. 10 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, on the 60-day injured list to begin the Minor League season. Painter and the Phils said they are confident that rest and rehab will allow him to avoid surgery after he was shut down in Spring Training due to a sprained proximal ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The Phillies maintain they expect Painter to be pitching competitively again this summer. (Last updated: May 22)
1B Darick Hall (torn UCL in right thumb)
Expected return: Mid-June
Hall underwent surgery on April 12 to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He sustained the injury on April 5, when he jammed his thumb into second base. Following the surgery, the Phillies said the timetable for Hall’s return is approximately two months. Hall has not faced live pitching yet, but he is hitting on the field, fielding ground balls and running. Phillies manager Rob Thomson said Hall is getting close to a rehab assignment. He can be activated as early as June 5. (Last updated: May 21)
C Rafael Marchan (right hamate fracture)
Expected return: Early June
Marchan, who was placed on the 60-day injured list to begin the season after undergoing a procedure to repair a right hamate fracture, has started taking dry swings. He has not played since March 7 due to what was initially believed to be a bruised hamate on his throwing hand, but further testing revealed the fracture. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the recovery is expected to take seven to eight weeks. (Last updated: April 22)
1B Rhys Hoskins (torn left ACL)
Expected return: Likely out for season
Hoskins underwent reconstructive surgery on March 30 in Fort Worth, Texas, to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. He was given a timetable of seven to nine months, which would effectively end Hoskins’ 2023 season. Hoskins, however, is confident that he can beat that timeline.
“In my mind, of course,” Hoskins said on April 10 when asked if he believed he could play in October if the Phillies make a deep run.
Hoskins sustained the injury while attempting to track down a high chopper to first base in a March 23 Spring Training game against the Tigers. The 30-year-old Hoskins is set to become a free agent after the season. (Last updated: April 10)