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The Phillies top catching prospect, Jorge Alfaro, landed on the DL with a strained right oblique

In an up-and-down turn of events, Jorge Alfaro goes from winning the Eastern League Player of the Week honors to winding up on the DL with a strained right oblique.

One of the best signs about Jorge Alfaro coming into the season was that he's healthy. He suffered a serious ankle injury last season and underwent surgery to fix the damage, but has shown no signs of lingering issues. Now, however, another issue has popped up; Alfaro is on the seven-day DL for the Reading Fightin' Phils with a strained right oblique. The injury news comes one day after he was named the Eastern League Player of the Week.

On the up-side, the injury doesn't appear to be severe and the hope is that Alfaro could return to the lineup in a couple of weeks. It should be pointed out though that oblique injuries can be tricky. Just ask Cody Asche, who suffered an oblique injury early in Spring Training, and hasn't played since. At the time, it was also thought that Asche wouldn't miss much time with the injury, but has suffered a couple of setbacks in his rehab that pushed the timetable back for the Phillies outfielder.

The lead catching duties for the Reading Fightin Phils will now fall on the shoulders of Logan Moore. Pending a roster move, Jake Fox would be the backup catcher for the Fightins, should they need one.

Alfaro was off to a huge start, batting .500 (18-for-36) with 10 RBI, a .526 on-base percentage and a .750 slugging percentage.


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