Phillies manager Joe Girardi announced on Wednesday that second baseman Jean Segura will be out 10-12 weeks with a broken finger. Replacing Segura won’t be an easy task for the Phillies; he was one of their more consistent hitters and better defensive players. But for the foreseeable future, they are going to have to try to get by.
“This is a difficult loss,” Girardi said on Wednesday. “There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Teams go through this; you’ve got to find a way to figure it out. Find a way for guys to step up and put them in positions to be successful and players have to try not to do too much. I think that’s the worry when you have young players. Just do what you can.”
Girardi said that the team is undecided on exactly how it will fill the hole at second base. He said that a platoon is possible, and also didn’t rule out the idea of the team acquiring a new second baseman, which would make some sense (but could come at a steep price tag). If the Phillies decide against trading for a second baseman, they do have some internal options.
Didi Gregorius has been hitting well in his rehab assignment at triple-A Lehigh Valley and should be back with the big league club soon, which would free up Bryson Stott and Johan Camargo, who have both been filling in at shortstop in Gregorius’ absence. Camargo’s range might be better suited for a corner position, but he does have experience at second base. Over his six-year big league career, he has played 43 games there. He played 68 games at second in the minors.
Stott could be an intriguing fit. The rookie doesn’t have a ton of experience at second base (five games in the majors and 13 in the minors), but the transition from shortstop to second base is an easier one.
Stott’s lefty bat also could provide some balance to the lineup and would give him regular at-bats. He has gone 3-for-7 over his last two games, after a six-game hitless streak. Putting him at second base could be a way to build on that momentum.
Nick Maton, whom the Phillies recalled from the IronPigs, is another possibility. Maton is coming off of a strong month of May at Lehigh Valley, where he hit .299/.411/.494 over 22 games, and an impressive 2022 MLB debut on Wednesday night, when he went 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs as the second baseman. He has more experience at second than Stott, but Stott has more upside, and is probably a better overall player (on both sides of the ball).
Backup catcher Garrett Stubbs has some minor league experience at second base. He played only 11 games there, all at triple A in 2019 and ‘21, but like Stott, he could balance out the lineup with his lefty bat. Stubbs has been hitting well as backup catcher. Over his last 15 games, he’s hitting .344/.400/.656. Getting him in the lineup every day might not be the worst thing.
Infielder Scott Kingery is another option, but an unlikely one. The Phillies would need to clear a 40-man roster spot for him, and Kingery is still finding his footing offensively. Entering Thursday, he was hitting .186/.250/.326 at Lehigh Valley.