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Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr started a rehab assignment with the GCL Phillies and put his bat to work quickly

Well, if one game is any indication, Aaron Altherr is going to have a fairly smooth road back to Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies outfielder homered in his first rehab game, playing for the GCL Phillies on Friday.

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Aaron Altherr had an impressive debut with the Phillies last season, batting .241 with five home runs and 22 RBI in 39 games with the Phillies last season. He was figured on to be a part of the rebuilding this season as a full-time outfielder, but a wrist injury in Spring Training put him on the DL and he's missed the entire season, so far.

On Friday, Altherr started a rehab assignment with the GCL Phillies and in his first at-bat, hit a two-run home run to give the GCL squad a lead that they never relinquished, stretching their record to 10-2 on the season with a 10-3 win over the Tigers West team. Altherr would also draw two walks and score two runs in the game as the starting right fielder. He was pinch-hit for in the top of the sixth inning.

The 25-year old outfielder was drafted by the Phillies in the ninth round of the 2009 Draft and made his major league debut against Atlanta on June 16, 2014, going 0-for-1. He would get three other plate appearances in 2014, striking out twice and going 0-for-5 before returning to the majors last season with the Phillies.

Altherr, 25, officially suffered a torn extensor carpi ulnaris retinaculum in his left wrist. The extensor carpi ulnaris [ECU] is a tendon on the outside part of the wrist that extends into the forearm. The retinaculum is a sheath that covers the tendon, preventing it from bowing too far. In mild cases of the injury, a splint and rest are prescribed, but Altherr's injury was severe enough to require surgery to repair the injury. The surgery was performed March 9th by Dr. Randall Culp.

The prognosis was that Altherr would miss four to six months, meaning that his season could have effectively been over. He's returned to the field on the short end of the prognosis, and barring any setback, hopes to return to the Phillies lineup by late this month. It's possible that he could extend his 20-day rehab assignment by being optioned to Lehigh Valley after the rehab ends, if he needs further time to prepare to play in the majors.

Aaron Altherr's Major League and Minor League career stats

YearTmGABRH2B3BHRRBISBBBSOBAOBPSLG
2009 Phillies 28 84 10 18 3 0 1 11 6 8 15 .214 .283 .286
2010 2 Teams 55 209 23 62 13 4 1 25 12 11 35 .297 .339 .411
2010 Phillies 27 115 12 35 6 1 1 15 10 3 22 .304 .331 .400
2010 Williamsport 28 94 11 27 7 3 0 10 2 8 13 .287 .350 .426
2011 2 Teams 112 416 61 101 18 2 6 46 37 24 99 .243 .291 .339
2011 Williamsport 71 269 41 70 12 2 5 31 25 13 52 .260 .302 .375
2011 Lakewood 41 147 20 31 6 0 1 15 12 11 47 .211 .272 .272
2012 Lakewood 110 420 65 106 27 6 8 50 25 38 102 .252 .319 .402
2013 Clearwater 123 466 57 128 36 6 12 69 23 45 140 .275 .337 .455
2013 Peoria 12 45 6 9 3 0 0 3 2 2 8 .200 .265 .267
2014 2 Teams 127 477 60 113 28 4 14 59 13 31 118 .237 .292 .400
2014 Clearwater 7 28 6 7 1 2 0 2 1 5 8 .250 .364 .429
2014 Reading 120 449 54 106 27 2 14 57 12 26 110 .236 .287 .399
2014 Zulia 31 105 18 30 5 2 4 27 1 16 35 .286 .392 .486
2014 PHI 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
2015 2 Teams 111 433 65 127 32 5 14 67 16 49 84 .293 .367 .487
2015 Reading 60 229 29 67 19 3 6 29 8 28 40 .293 .371 .480
2015 Lehigh Valley 51 204 36 60 13 2 8 38 8 21 44 .294 .362 .495
YearTmGABRH2B3BHRRBISBBBSOBAOBPSLG
2015 PHI 39 137 25 33 11 4 5 22 6 16 41 .241 .338 .489
MLB (2 seasons) 41 142 25 33 11 4 5 22 6 16 43 .232 .327 .472
Minors (7 seasons) 666 2505 341 655 157 27 56 327 132 206 593 .261 .322 .413
All Levels (7 Seasons) 750 2797 390 727 176 33 65 379 141 240 679 .260 .324 .416
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/8/2016.

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