Delay’s impact on 2020’s Phillies

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies congratulates Andrew McCutchen #22 hitting a solo home run agains pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning Dodger Stadium on May 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies congratulates Andrew McCutchen #22 hitting a solo home run agains pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning Dodger Stadium on May 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /
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Robertson may only miss a month of this abbreviated Phillies season. Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images. /

Delayed reactions:           

While some Phillies are healing, J.T. Realmuto‘s contract negotiations are currently out of sight, not mind. Presently, talks are not ongoing between the red pinstripes and Realmuto’s agent, but each side is still discussing the extension among themselves. Translation: The Phils will cave more!

Tommy Hunter pitched decently in ’18 and his 5 1/3 innings in ’19. Basically, he’s a solid setup man who delivers acceptable performances in the 75-80 percent range expected by management. And he’ll be ready to pitch before May 1, plus he’ll be one late-game weapon the Fightins missed last season.

After Victor Arano had recorded a 2.73 ERA with three saves and 10 holds in 2018, he only worked 4 2/3 frames last year. Again, the red pinstripes will have another setup man they can count on. They expected him by mid-April, so he’ll be at full strength when competition resumes.

With many players returning home, updates on their health aren’t available. For instance, Seranthony Dominguez had a balky elbow after his only appearance. But nothing is forthcoming from general manager Matt Klentak on any issue. That stated, Joe Girardi reportedly liked Dominguez’s outing.

While the 2020 campaign is on hold, David Robertson continues his rehab and is hoping for a July return. But having him back on Aug. 1 could mean missing little or no time for the dominant fireman. And his addition to the back end of the bullpen would dramatically improve the good guys’ chances.