Pop quiz: After Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto, which Phillies player has hit the most home runs since the trade deadline?
Corey Dickerson, come on down.
It went almost without saying, then, that the Phillies were crossing their fingers Thursday as Dickerson underwent an MRI exam to get more information about the soreness in his left foot that forced him to leave the game one night earlier.
The result: A bruised navicular bone that can’t get any worse, according to the Phillies’ medical team, but isn’t going away any time soon.
“This will likely be a pain-management issue for him,” manager Gabe Kapler said.
Dickerson wasn’t in the lineup Thursday night against the Atlanta Braves and will be reevaluated before the Phillies determine if he can play in Saturday night’s interleague series opener against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. In his absence, Adam Haseley started in left field and homered, while Scott Kingery played center field and Maikel Franco played third in a 9-5 victory over the Braves.
The root of Dickerson’s injury came last week in Cincinnati, when he fouled a ball off his left foot. Later in the same game, his foot gave out as he tried to push off and run to first base on a single to right field. He left that game but was able to play the following day.
X-rays Thursday were negative.
“Yeah, it stinks,” Dickerson said. “I’ve been grinding through it, especially the situation that we’re in right now trying to make a push. When I got hit in the foot in Cincinnati, it’s been pretty uncomfortable since, trying to tolerate as much as I can and it just had this weird, coming out of the box, this give-type feeling. Pretty painful. It’s something we’re just going to double-check and make sure with another test.”
While Dickerson deals with his injury, fellow left fielder Jay Bruce is not yet ready to make throws in a game. Bruce, who has a flexor strain in his left forearm/elbow, has been playing catch from 90 feet. The Phillies hope that he will be able to play defense by the final week of the season.