Jiwan James to miss three months

The young outfield prospect underwent knee surgery last week. The Phillies hope that he will return in early July and be able to have a strong finish to the minor league season.

Last season, Jiwan James battled a knee injury that bothered him into the off-season. The Phillies had him attempt to rehab the injury over the winter, but the rehab didn't work. James reported for spring training still hampered by the injury and the decision was made for him to undergo surgery.

Reports are that James will miss the first three months of the season, with an early July targeted for his return.

Phillies director of player development, Joe Jordan thinks there is still a chance for James to not allow his season to become a lost season.

"There's always ways - Arizona, winter ball - for him to make up the at-bats," said Jordan of the potential plans for James to salvage the season.

James is currently ranked as the 40th best prospect in the Phillies organization.

Another Phillies prospect, outfielder Kelly Dugan has been sidelined by an oblique injury this spring, but in general, the rest of the Phillies key prospects have been healthy.

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