Phillies activate Didi Gregorius, place Nick Maton on IL

The Phillies, facing a shortage on the field, activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the disabled list on Sunday morning and placed Nick Maton on the IL with a sprained right shoulder.

Maton injured his shoulder, depriving Mike Trout of a hit in Friday’s 10-0 victory. It was a soft hit pop-up to the right of second base and Maton had to make a running and diving catch and got his shoulder stuck on the grass in the outfield. His move to IL is retroactive to June 4.

The Phillies’ lack of healthy infielders hastened Gregorius’ return. He was in rehab with Triple A Lehigh Valley and was due for reevaluation after Sunday’s game. Instead, he was activated ahead of the Phillies’ series finale against the Angels.

The only five healthy infielders on the Phils’ 40-man roster are those on their active roster: Rhys Hoskins, Johan Camargo, Bryson Stott, Alec Bohm and Gregorius. Jean Segura had surgery for a broken finger earlier this week and is expected to be out until early September.

The Phillies will be left-handed at the bottom of the order because their two center backs — Odubel Herrera and Mickey Moniak — hit left flank, as did their shortstops, Stott and Gregorius. Johan Camargo, who hits the switch, can also play short but will be needed at second base. That could make the Phillies susceptible to left-handed relievers late in games as the roster turns around because shortstop, center back, Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper would all arrive within six batters.

Gregorius had been out since May 4 with a knee injury. In 65 plate appearances this season, he hit .288/.338/.356 with four doubles, no home runs, seven RBIs and three walks.

Despite the relatively high batting average, Gregorius wasn’t making hard contact before the injury. His 36% soft contact rate is the second-worst at the majors, trailing only Seattle’s Jarred Kelenic, who has since been sent to Triple A.

Gregorius went 3 for 17 with a home run on the rehab mission. He wasn’t in Sunday’s lineup against Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval, but he’ll likely see some playing time this week as the Phillies face right-handers in their next four games.

Here’s the Phils’ lineup on Sunday:

1. Kyle Schwarber, LF

2. Rhys Hoskins, 1B

3. Bryce Harper, DH

4. Nick Castellanos, RF

5. JT Realmuto, C

6. Alec Bohm, 3B

7. Odubel Herrera, FC

8. Johan Camargo, 2B

9. Bryson Stott, SS

Kyle Gibson, PS

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