Phillies get key offensive contributor back prior to Orioles showdown

The Philadelphia Phillies have been dealing with a string of injuries recently, but on Saturday, they received a much-needed boost as outfielder Brandon Marsh returned to action after a brief stint on the injured list.

Marsh had been sidelined since June 2 due to a right hamstring strain suffered during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Fortunately for Philadelphia, his recovery progressed smoothly, and he was reinstated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles. In a corresponding move, outfielder Weston Wilson was optioned back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.


Adding to the excitement, Marsh was slotted into the seventh spot in the Phillies’ lineup for Saturday’s contest. The team, coming off an exhilarating 11-inning victory over the Orioles the previous night, aimed to continue their winning ways against one of MLB’s top-performing teams.

Since joining the Phillies from the Los Angeles Angels in 2022, Marsh has been a steady performer, particularly bolstering the lower half of the lineup. This season, he has showcased his offensive prowess with a .770 OPS and a 120 OPS+ across 52 games, making his return a significant boost to the team’s offensive depth.

While Marsh’s comeback is undoubtedly welcome news for Phillies fans, the anticipation now turns to the imminent return of Trea Turner, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury. Turner, who signed a substantial contract to play shortstop, has been progressing toward a return and hinted at a possible comeback within the week during recent remarks in London.

With both Marsh and Turner poised to rejoin the active roster soon, Philadelphia faces intriguing lineup decisions ahead. Edmundo Sosa has filled in admirably at shortstop in Turner’s absence, raising questions about how the infield configuration will evolve upon Turner’s return. Additionally, the performance of second-year center fielder Johan Rojas has sparked discussions about outfield dynamics moving forward.

Marsh showed promising form during his rehab stint with Double-A Reading, tallying four hits in eight at-bats with a walk and three strikeouts. His return marks a pivotal moment for the Phillies as they navigate through a competitive season with their sights set on postseason success.