Roman Quinn

Quinn is hurt again; Phillies add Hughes to MLB roster

Roman Quinn is all too familiar with losing time to injuries. Just as the 26-year old was heating up offensively – including blasting a 439-foot home run Friday night – he left the game after the eighth inning with soreness in his groin. Initially thought to be “not a big deal,” the Phillies center fielder was placed on the IL Saturday because of the injury.

It’s the same injury that sidelined Quinn for a month early in the season, but he and the Phillies both insist this injury isn’t as severe as that injury. Quinn also opened the season on the IL with an oblique strain. In addition to this season’s injuries, Quinn has also suffered injuries including a torn Achilles tendon, strained elbow ligament, torn ligament in his middle finger and a torn quad. Add to the list a broken toe and a concussion and you have a good read on the extensive amount of injuries Quinn has suffered during his professional career.

The injury leaves the Phillies with just Adam Haseley on the roster as a true center fielder, although Corey Dickerson can play center field if needed.

In 13 games this month, Quinn was slashing 3-7-.368/.455/.684 and had three home runs to his credit. He also had gone 4-for-4 in stolen bases, giving him eight stolen bases on the season without being caught. The hot August had pushed Quinn above the Mendoza line, moving his average to .213.

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The injury at least made for a convenient way for the Phillies to add reliever Jared Hughes, who they claimed off waivers from Cincinnati. To open a 40-man roster spot for Hughes, the Phillies moved Edubray Ramos to the 60-day IL as he recovers from a shoulder impingement. The move means that Ramos won’t be able to return until at least mid-September.

Hughes, 34, was 3-4 with a 4.10 ERA with Cincinnati this season prior to being placed on waivers. Last season, Hughes was a force out of the Reds bullpen, pitching in 72 games and posting a 1.94 ERA. Over nine seasons, he has posted a 2.82 ERA with Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and Cincinnati. Hughes comes with an option year for 2020 for $3-million should the Phillies decide to exercise the option.

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