Phillies Back to Full Strength in Lineup as Gregorius Returns
Sunday, May 9. That was the last time the Phillies featured a lineup that featured all eight offensive starters. That day Didi Gregorius left the game early. Though he did not hit the injured list until May 18, he missed most of the time in between before the Phillies made the move.
On Friday, the Phillies will have their full lineup back.
The Phillies announced Friday afternoon that they have activated Gregorius from the 10-day injured list. To make room on the active roster, Nick Maton was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
That lineup will be paired with the club's most dependable starter, Zack Wheeler.
The Phillies open a weekend series against the San Diego Padres on Friday. The Phillies sit 4.5 games out of first place in the National League East and four games below the .500 mark.
The Phillies begin a crucial 10-game stretch against the Padres, Chicago Cubs, and Boston Red Sox that will take them to the All-Star break. The Phillies will need to demonstrate they are worthy of upgrades, with the July 31 trade deadline just four weeks away.