Minors Notes: Joseph set for surgery, MAG debuts for Pigs, Neris to bigs – Phillies Nation
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Minors Notes: Joseph set for surgery, MAG debuts for Pigs, Neris to bigs

Tommy Joseph, Image- Jay Floyd

-Catching prospect Tommy Joseph is slated to have season ending surgery to repair an ailment in his left wrist.

The injury initially took place back in May, when the 23-year-old was part of a collision at home plate while playing with Double-A Reading.

As a member of the Fightins this season, the righty batting Joseph tallied a .282 batting average while slugging five home runs and driving in 19 runs in 21 games.  Joseph last played in mid-July when, after some rest, he rehabbed with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies, going 5-for-20 with a double in six games prior to experiencing a setback with the injured wrist.

Reports state that the surgery will be performed by Dr. Don Sheridan, an orthopedic hand and wrist surgeon in Arizona.

Joseph was acquired from San Francisco along with two other players in 2012 for Hunter Pence.

-Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez made his Triple-A debut with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Saturday.  The 27-year-old Cuban notched a save while surrendering a hit and striking out one in a scoreless frame.  His fastball was clocked at 93-94 MPH during the outing.

Prior to his promotion, Gonzalez went 0-2 with five saves and a 3.14 ERA while striking out 24 and walking seven in 14 1/3 IP.

The 27-year-old Cuban was signed to the three-year contract with a club option for a fourth year last summer by the Phillies.


Hector Neris, Image- Jay Floyd

-Right-handed reliever Hector Neris was promoted to the Phillies on Sunday to take the place of Phillippe Aumont, who was demoted after another rough big league outing on Saturday night against Washington.

Neris, a Dominican native, was signed by the Phillies in 2010.  In 40 combined appearances with Reading and Lehigh Valley this season, the 25-year-old put together a 5-2 record with two saves and a 3.82 ERA while striking out 45 and walking 24 in 63 2/3 innings.

-Following a month of June in which he posted a .162 average with a homer and 11 RBI in 27 games, IronPigs third baseman/first baseman Maikel Franco has sported a .327 average with four home runs and 23 RBI in the 27 games that followed.

The 21-year-old has a .240/.290/.381 slash line overall in 105 games at the Triple-A level this season.



  1. Andrew from Harrisburg

    August 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Did I read correctly that they also re-signed Tony Gwynn, Jr.?

    • Hogey's Role

      August 3, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      That is correct, to a minor league deal….

  2. Double Trouble Del

    August 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Are we officially ending the Tommy Joseph future catcher era? Can he hit enough to justify another position? Two wasted years now.

    • Hogey's Role

      August 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      To piggyback your question, are the collision rules the same for minor league baseball as they are for the majors??

      And idk what their future plans are for Joseph, but in order to tell if he can hit at another position he will have to try it out for a while…

  3. Oran Kelley

    August 3, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    How exactly does a wrist injury end his usefulness as a catcher?

  4. Joefa

    August 4, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Did I understand the article correctly? He injured his wrist in May, but it was not seen as serious untill now? Is there something I’m missing or did the Phillies misdiagnose an injury yet again??

    • Hogey's Role

      August 4, 2014 at 8:51 am

      The injury first occurred in May but he rested and rehabbed and then reinjured it in July from what I read..

    • Lefty

      August 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

      “after some rest, he rehabbed with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies, going 5-for-20 with a double in six games prior to experiencing a setback with the injured wrist. ”

      How do you read this and see it as a misdiagnosis?

      • Joefa

        August 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm

        Well, I only threw the question out there for clarification, I wasn’t making a direct accusation. I still don’t see it as clearly as you apparently do.

        BUT, there is no doubt that the organization is less than forthcoming with injury news. There are plenty of examples of “set-backs” in recent years.

      • Lefty

        August 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm

        Joefa, I was wrong to give you the impression that I thought you were being accusatory. I don’t think that I felt that you were. You were indeed just asking a question. Whichever the case, let me apologize anyway. We welcome all comments here.

        But there is a difference between misdiagnosing and not being forthcoming, wouldn’t you agree? And although I can’t think of many sports teams that are forthcoming about injuries without nagging from the press, you are absolutely correct that they have at times not been.

      • Hogey's Role

        August 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm

        A lot of other organizations In and outside of baseball have also experienced plenty of injury setbacks, it may just seem like the phillies have a lot because that is who we follow… But I do understand your line of thinking there…

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