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Phillies prospect Tommy Joseph to undergo season-ending wrist surgery

Aug 3, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

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Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph, one of the three players acquired from the Giants in the Hunter Pence trade, will undergo season-ending wrist surgery, reports Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly. Joseph, playing for Double-A Reading, suffered the injury in May on a play at the plate. He attempted to rehab, playing in six games in the Gulf Coast League, but it was not to be.

The 23-year-old has had a tough road since joining the Phillies at the trade deadline in 2012. He has battled a concussion and concussion-related symptoms, which limited him to just 36 games in all of 2013. He managed to play in just 21 games at Double-A this season, posting a .282/.345/.551 slash line with five home runs and 19 RBI in 87 plate appearances.

  1. dcarroll73 - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Full disclosure – I’m a Giants fan. If this surgery becomes the next big thing, will it be known as “Tommy Joseph” surgery? I sincerely hope this kid does well and fully recovers, but this name coincidence just could not be ignored.

  2. skerney - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    Hunter Pence hit two home runs today and is a down ballot MVP candidate.

  3. mungman69 - Aug 4, 2014 at 4:53 AM

    The Phillies gave up too much for Pence then gave him away for almost nothing, ok, nothing.

  4. thesportsguru7 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    Too bad…The Phillies could have really used that combined .250 batting average in the lineup this year!

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Sadly yes they could. Would be hitting better then a quarter of their lineup.

  5. gmkev - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Since the Pence trade, he ranks in the top 3 with Andrew McCutchen and Carlos Gomez in WAR in the NL

  6. Youknowimright - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Of all of the horrible moves Amarao has made, this had to be the worst. I never understood the Hunter Pence trade to SF even a little bit. What was the desire to turn around and flip this guy not even a year later after dumping tons of prospects for him for a so-so catching prospect? Phillies are in big trouble for a lot of years. Enjoy 2008 Philly, because tha’t all you will have to look back on for about 10-15 years.

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