With Segura Ailing, Phillies Summon Gosselin
The Phillies got some tough news during their 14-3 rout over the New York Mets. Newly-acquired shortstop Jean Segura exited the game with an injury. Already without first baseman Rhys Hoskins, who was nursing a swollen ankle, the Phillies bench was quickly depleted. To help, the Phillies will turn to a Philadelphia-area native for some infield help.
The Phillies optioned starting pitcher Nick Pivetta to Triple-A, and for now that role will be filled by infielder Phil Gosselin. Gosselin is a native of Exton, Pennsylvania and starred on the baseball diamond at Malvern Prep. Gosselin joined the Phillies as a minor league free agent this offseason.
To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Tommy Hunter was transferred to the 60-day Injured List.
Gosselin is a versatile infield defender who can play all infield positions. Segura was said to have a hamstring strain after last night's game, but the Phillies did not place Segura on the injured list. The Phillies might be waiting to see how Segura responds before making a commitment to the injured list.
Scott Kingery will bat second and play shortstop on Wednesday afternoon in Segura's absence. Hoskins returned to the lineup and is playing first base, batting cleanup.
The Phillies will be the sixth major league team Gosselin has played for. The 30 year-old Gosselin has played for the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds. In 276 career games played, he is a .263 hitter.