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Concussion ends Phillies prospect Tommy Joseph’s season

Aug 8, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

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Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph has been shut down for the remainder of the season after continuing to experience symptoms following a May concussion.

Joseph was a second-round pick in 2009 and came over to the Phillies from the Giants in the Hunter Pence trade, but Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the 22-year-old has had three concussions during his career and may be forced to change positions.

Once considered the heir apparent to Carlos Ruiz behind the plate, Joseph played just 36 games this year while hitting .179.

  1. motobus - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I never got the hunter pence trade. An outfield of Pence, Revere, and Brown would look really nice right now for the phillies.

    Hope everything works out for Joseph. Hate to see any kind of concussion injuries plague a player.

    • Arods Other Doctor - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      Pretty sad when you wish you could have Pence’s .769 OPS. Poor Phillies. That whole Dynasty with four aces thing didn’t work out too well.

      • heyblueyoustink - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        They got a World Series out of this core of players before the four aces. I’m cool with that and rebuilding if need be.

      • Arods Other Doctor - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        The success came before the talk of a dynasty. Ergo, the “dynasty” didn’t work out too well.

    • rpiddy - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      That OF wasn’t a option at the time of the Pence trade. Revere was a Twin and Brown was (floundering) in AAA.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      Pence deal was horrible. Amaro bought Pence when he was having a career year. You just don’t do that type of trade.

      • tuberippin - Aug 9, 2013 at 5:04 AM

        Cosart and Singleton… :'(

      • ryanrockzzz - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:25 AM

        I’m pretty sure everyone like that trade at the time, it was never considered something you would not do. The Phillies offense was struggling that year, and they picked up the best bat at the deadline to help. That’s going all out to win, which is something we as fans forget all to often years later.
        The problem I had with the trade is that Amaro traded two top players for Pence, and he had to know his arbitration years would be a problem when he made the deal. He was traded away supposedly because they couldn’t “afford” him last year, which is a crock of crap. I would much rather have Pence on this team than Papelbon, who’s salary is out of control.

      • biasedhomer - Aug 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        Well IMO, Pence was not the top bat at the deadline. And based on hindsight, he was not, it was Beltran. Pence was having an anomaly season.

        And I hated the trade for the Philies at the time, way too much for a Victorino type player.

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