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July 19, 2019

Phillies injury updates: When are team's 10 players on the IL eligible to return?

The Phillies have 10, count em, 10 players on the injured list — seven of them pitchers. 

The team acquired Drew Smyly to help reinforce both the rotation and the bullpen Friday, but there will likely be some more moves made to improve the staff, and possibly their outfield, before the July 31 trade deadline.

And while the healthy return of one of their injured players would be almost as good as a trade acquisition (and much cheaper) there doesn't seem to be much good news coming from the Phils' infirmary.

With Hector Neris struggling, a healthy David Robertson would be a big pick-me-up, but as of Friday morning the veteran reliever has yet to begin his rehab assignment, though he has been throwing bullpen sessions and still could return before the end of July. Jerad Eickhoff, similarly, is slated at least on paper to be eligible for a return to the field in the next two weeks, but no news has percolated about his pending availability.

Here's a look at their current list of injured players and their soonest possible return to the field:

 PlayerInjuryEarliest ReturnStats
Jay BruceObliqueJuly 17.230/.279/.546, 24 HR
Sean RodriguezAbdomenJuly 20.224/.324/.379, 2 HR 
Edubray Ramos  Shoulder July 265.14 ERA in 14 IP 
David Robertson  Elbow July 305.40 ERA in 6.2 IP 
Jerad Eickhoff BicepsJuly 305.71 ERA in 58.1 IP 
 Victor AranoElbowAugust 1 3.86 ERA in 4.2 IP 
Seranthony DominguezElbowAugust 134.01 ERA in 24.2 IP
 Tommy HunterForearm
August 15
0 ER in 5.1 IP
 Pat NeshekHamstringSeptember 10  5.00 ERA in 18 IP
 Andrew McCutchen Torn ACLOut for season.256/.378/.457, 10 HR

The Yankees have 12 players on the IL, with two other teams slotting 11 players the Phillies have the third most. According to, the Phils are paying nearly $39 million to currently injured players.

Arguably four of their best relievers, Robertson, Dominguez, Hunter and Neshek are on the list, watching like everyone else as the Phillies makeshift bullpen continues to struggle.

Whether the team can make the playoffs may directly tie into whether they can get themselves healthy as the push for the postseason continues to heat up.

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