Brandon Marsh out of lineup; David Dahl returns to AAA; painful start to Whit Merrifield’s Braves tenure – NBC Sports Philadelphia

Monday in Minnesota was the first of many upcoming games for the Phillies against a right-handed starting pitcher, but Brandon Marsh was absent from the lineup.

Marsh has a sore right elbow, manager Rob Thomson told reporters, but is expected to play Tuesday.

The Phillies put Weston Wilson in left field against Twins right-hander Bailey Ober. Minnesota has not named its starter for Wednesday, but if it’s a right-hander, the Phillies will face one in eight straight games before likely facing Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortes next Wednesday at home.

That should mean Marsh will have to play every day, if his elbow is healthy enough. The Phillies are currently splitting the job with Marsh, Wilson in left field and Johan Rojas and Cristian Pache in center. Pache faces left-handed hitters and Rojas faces right-handed hitters. Thomson has also started Edmundo Sosa at second base in place of the slumping Bryson Stott in three straight games when facing a left-handed starter.

Marsh is having a nice season against right-handed pitching, hitting .290/.373/.500 with 20 of his 21 extra-base hits. He’s gone just 7-for-49 (.143) against lefties and has struck out 25.

Wilson has started three games as Marsh’s platoonmate since being called up from Triple-A just before the All-Star break and has been successful each time, going 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored against the A’s, 3 for 5 with a homer Friday at Pittsburgh and 1 for 4 with a sacrifice fly Sunday.

Still, this is one position (right-handed hitting outfielder) the Phillies could upgrade before the July 30 trade deadline.

Dahl re-signs

The Phils have re-signed outfielder David Dahl to a minor league contract. Dahl will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Dahl was designated for assignment on July 8 and declared a free agent two days later. He didn’t find work in the major leagues and decided to return to an organization that had already seen it might need a left-handed-hitting outfielder if an injury arose.

Dahl homered in his Phillies debut and again the following week in London, but then hit a slump, going 8-for-52 with 20 strikeouts. He has proven for four straight years that he can crush Triple-A pitching and returns to the IronPigs with a .340 batting average and 1.076 OPS.

Merrifield signs with Braves, injured

The Braves signed Whit Merrifield to a major league contract on Monday while Ozzie Albies was placed on the injured list with a fractured wrist that is expected to sideline him potentially until the final week of the regular season.

Injuries have plagued the Braves all year (Spencer Strider, Ronald Acuña Jr., Michael Harris II, Sean Murphy, Max Fried, Albies) and Merrifield quickly joined the club on Monday afternoon. He took a ball to the finger on his pitching hand during batting practice and is listed as day-to-day.

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