Phillies Utility Player Florimon Hits Disabled List
The Phillies are down another player from their active roster. Phillies utility player Pedro Florimon, who started Tuesday's late night contest at third base and batting second. In the first inning, Florimon fouled a ball off of his foot. After completing the at bat and limping to first base, Florimon was replaced by Maikel Franco in the field.
Florimon is headed to the 10-day disabled list with a broken foot, as Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reported first after the game.
The Phillies will have to do some roster shuffling to replace Florimon on the roster. The lone position player on the 40-man roster not on a disabled list and not already on the roster is outfielder Dylan Cozens. Meanwhile, shortstop J.P. Crawford is about to begin a rehab assignment at Class-A Clearwater. If the Phillies wanted to keep their 40-man roster intact, they could use Cozens for a week or so while Crawford proves to be healthy.
If the Phillies are uncomfortable with Cozens on the roster, the club will have to look elsewhere. At Triple-A Lehigh Valley they have veteran infielders Trevor Plouffe, Alexi Amarista and Heiker Meneses. Any player other than Cozens would have to be added to the 40-man roster. The Phillies could make room by placing either starter Jerad Eickhoff or reliever Pat Neshek on the 60-day disabled list.
Former Phillies 40-man roster occupant Eliezer Alvarez was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers yesterday. If the Phillies liked what they saw during Spring Training, they could claim Alvarez on waivers or work out a deal with the Rangers to bring him to the Phillies. The Phillies acquired Alvarez in exchange for reliever Juan Nicasio last season and then sent him to the Rangers for cash considerations in late March when it was clear he would not make the Phillies roster.
Whoever it may be, the Phillies will make a move prior to Wednesday night's 10:10 game in Los Angeles.