Aaron Altherr, who has been the most consistent hitter in the Phillies lineup this season, left Friday night’s game early with an apparent hamstring injury. The outfielder suffered the injury running out a double, his second of the game.
The Phillies will re-evaluate Altherr Saturday to determine whether he would need a stint on the DL or can return to the lineup after a couple of days off.
Altherr opened the season as the Phillies fourth outfielder, but was regularly in the lineup by the end of April and has a slash line of 14-44-.248/.359/.539, giving him an impressive OPS of .898 on the season.
In the short-term, Ty Kelly or Brock Stassi can play corner outfield positions and if things were to get desperate, Andres Blanco could also be pressed into action in the outfield. If Altherr were to miss considerable time, the Phillies could conceivably recall outfielder Dylan Cozens (21-57-.238/.317/.483 at Lehigh Valley), who is on the 40-man roster.
Altherr’s exit overshadowed a troubled outing by starter Nick Pivetta. Pivetta threw a scoreless first inning and then allowed eight runs in the second inning, throwing 37 pitches. He wound up giving the Phillies five innings, allowing nine earned runs on seven hits and three walks, while walking five batters. Pivetta took the loss in the game, which the Phillies battled back in, but lost 9-6 in Milwaukee. On the season, Pivetta is now 2-5 with a 5.63 ERA in 12 starts for the Phillies.