Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Maikel Franco Placed on the DL and Likely Done for the Season

Hi everybody,

Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was placed on the 15-day DL (Disabled List) yesterday (August 18th) with a fractured left wrist. Franco was injured on August 12th in Arizona when he was hit by a pitch while at bat.  He hasn't played in a game since.

The injury is more than likely season ending...which is a shame since Franco was in the running for NL Rookie of the Year.  Here are Franco's presumed final stats for the 2015 season (77 games played):

Batting Average:   .277 (82 for 296)
OPS:   .830
RBIs:   48
Runs Scored:   43
Home Runs:   13
Singles:   46
Doubles:   22
Triples:   1
Stolen Bases:   1
Walks:   25
Strike Outs:   50

Cesar Hernandez is expected to get the majority of playing time at 3rd base for the remainder of the season while my hero Chase Utley will resume his starting role at 2nd base.

Triple A outfielder Aaron Altherr has been brought up from Lehigh Valley to take Franco's place on the Phils roster.  I wish Franco a speedy recovery.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

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