It looked like Nick Castellanos had finally turned the corner. His strength finally returned. Five homers and five slugging in that span meant his ISO was a respectable .187, but nothing is going well for Castellanos in 2022.
according to As reported by Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Castellanos injured his oblique on the swing last night. He is heading to his MRI on Saturday to investigate the damage.
Oblique injuries rarely recover in the short term, especially for older players. Jay Bruce took him a month and a half to his one strain in 2019 with a low grade. Add to that the grass toes that Castellanos has struggled with over the past few weeks.
With injuries piling up for the Phillies slugger, it’s hard to imagine him being perfectly healthy heading into the playoffs, but that shouldn’t rule him out playing again in 2022 at this point.
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Further complicating the situation is that an injury to the UCL forced Bryce Harper to stay out of right field and resign as DH for the remainder of 2022. Lineup as DH.
Unfortunately, the Phillies seem to be holding back with Matt Biering and Nick Mutton splitting outfield duties, but Biering has recently begun to turn things around. He has slashed .379/.438/.552 over the last 10 games.
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