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
|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|