This is not a repeat. Roman Quinn is injured. The Phillies outfielder has suffered what has been called a mild right oblique strain, will have an MRI on Thursday, and will miss an undetermined amount of time.
An oblique injury is potentially debilitating for a baseball player as this core muscle is activated during both hitting and throwing. Should the MRI reveal a mild strain, Quinn could return to action after the weekend. If severe, we could be talking about months.
Kapler and Quinn are not the only two individuals now disappointed with this latest development. All of Phillies Nation is rightfully disappointed. The 25-year-old had a real opportunity with fellow outfielder Odubel Herrera also lost to injury to take a clear lead in the battle for the 2019 Phillies starting center field job.
Drafted in the second round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft by the Phillies out of a Florida high school as the 66th player chosen overall, Quinn was ranked by MLB Pipeline as a Top 10 Phillies prospect every year from 2013-16.
Over parts of seven minor league seasons, Quinn hit .278 with a .353 on-base percentage and 183 stolen bases over 429 games. He has appeared in 65 games with the Phillies split between the 2016 and 2018 seasons, hitting .266 with a .340 OBP, 15 steals and 23 runs scored.
Quinn’s dynamic impact at the top of the Phillies lineup when healthy has been undeniable. It was just last August in an interview with the local Philly SportsRadio 94 WIP morning show that Kapler said that Quinn was “as talented and physically gifted as anyone on our roster.”
But that entire “when healthy” part has become the more relevant when evaluating his potential contributions. The fact is that the team simply cannot rely on Quinn remaining healthy for any length of time. Certainly not enough to depend on him as a starting option.
Quinn said he was actually getting the MRI at 12:30 today. "I’ve lost the words. … I do pretty much everything that I possibly can to play this game and go out there and play. I keep having setback after setback after setback. It’s frustrating, man. It’s really frustrating." https://t.co/SKi3Sfl07g
— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) February 27, 2019
Quinn has missed large swaths of time over the years with a variety of injuries: torn Achilles tendon, torn left quadriceps, concussion, strained elbow ligament, torn right middle finger ligament, broken toe. Now a right oblique strain.
I’ve been a vocal supporter of Quinn in both written pieces and on social media. I’m on record as saying previously that, if healthy, he is a better all-around player than Herrera and should be the Phillies starting center fielder. This latest injury is yet another sign that we simply cannot depend on him to remain healthy long enough to be relied upon as an everyday starter.
With the loss of both Herrera and Quinn, the Phillies starting outfield would now feature Andrew McCutchen in left, Aaron Altherr in center, and Nick Williams in right, with Dylan Cozens and Shane Robinson as the only experienced back-ups. The injuries could spur ownership and management to push even harder to sign Bryce Harper as a free agent.
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