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Maikel Franco Goes on DL with Wrist Fracture

A wrist injury that at first wasn't thought to be too severe, has landed rookie third baseman Maikel Franco on the DL. The injury was announced as a non-displaced fracture of his left wrist. The Phillies have recalled outfielder Aaron Altherr to take Franco's roster spot.

Maikel Franco was hit by a pitch by Arizona's Jeremy Hellickson last week in Arizona. The injury left Franco writhing in pain, but it was announced that the x-rays were negative and he would avoid a trip to the DL. Prior to Tuesday's game against Toronto, the diagnosis was changed and Franco was placed on the 15-day DL.

The timetable for a return from this type of injury is two to four weeks, but it may effectively end Franco's season. It's unlikely that the Phillies would rush Franco back for a few meaningless games late in the year. Franco was hitting 13-48-.277 in 77 games with the Phillies this season and had worked his way into the discussion for National League Rookie of the Year. The injury likely takes him out of the running for the award.

Early indications are that Andres Blanco and Cesar Hernandez are likely to see most of the time at third base for the Phillies. With the possibility of a Chase Utley trade, Blanco could take over on a nearly full-time basis if Hernandez is needed to return to second base. Hernandez had claimed the second base job when Chase Utley went on the DL, but with Utley back, interim manager Pete Mackanin has been juggling Utley, Hernandez and shortstop Freddy Galvis in an effort to keep all three sharp.

Aaron Altherr will join the Phillies after being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Altherr made his major league debut last season with the Phillies, going hitless in five at-bats during two separate stints in the majors. This season at Lehigh Valley, Altherr is hitting 8-38-.294/.362/.495 for the IronPigs, having played all three outfield positions. Altherr will likely spell Odubel Herrera at times in center field and potentially see time in both left and right field for the Phillies. Altherr, 24, was a ninth-round pick of the Phillies in 2009.


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