Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh underwent successful left knee arthroscopic debridement surgery on Friday, but it is anticipated he will return to playing in three to four weeks and be ready to play opening day.

The timing is quite interesting on this, with pitchers and catchers set to report on Wednesday. Marsh is expected to play either center or left field this season with Johan Rojas and Cristian Pache also in the mix.

The Phillies have said that Rojas will not be handed the job, but this puts March a bit behind to start the season.  You could see a situation where Rojas is playing center and Marsh and Pache split time in right field, giving Kyle Schwarber the ability to DH everyday in 2024.

So why did Marsh and the Phillies wait until now to perform the surgery?

According to Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the issue arose just a few days ago.

The 26-year-old outfielder hit .277 with 12 homers, 60 RBI and 10 steals in 133 games.

The Phillies open the 2024 season on March 28 against the Atlanta Braves.

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