Quinn may be look­ing at lengthy re­cov­ery

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jack McCaf­fery jm­c­caf­fery@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Jack­McCaf­fery on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA >> As Ro­man Quinn sat in front of his locker Fri­day night, he was not sure when his off­sea­son would be­gin.

He seemed cer­tain, though, that it would be a long one.

Be­fore rest­ing for his third con­sec­u­tive game with an oblique in­jury, Quinn said he was un­likely to par­tic­i­pate in any win­ter base­ball.

“I’m not sure,” he said. “But I think I will take the win­ter off and come back rested and ready.”

Quinn was hit­ting .263 with four dou­bles in 15 games since join­ing the Phillies as a Septem­ber call-up. He was not ready to rule him­self out of the en­tire week­end series against the New York Mets.

“I’m not sure,” he said. “I feel all right. I will try to play through it. But I am not sure. It is still tight and sore.”

Pete Mack­anin was not ready to of­fi­cially scratch Quinn for the sea­son, although there was no over­whelm­ing urge to al­low one of the fran­chise’s top prospects to risk fur­ther in­jury.

“He’s a pos­si­bil­ity,” Mack­anin said, be­fore Fri­day’s 5-1 loss. “But I doubt it at this point.”

Quinn, 23, was im­me­di­ately im­pres­sive with the Phillies, col­lect­ing six hits, in­clud­ing three dou­bles, in his first four games and show­ing strik­ing speed. But was that enough to plant him in the Phillies’ 2017 plans?

“I’m not sure,” Quinn said. “All I can say is I en­joyed it here and I went out and tried to play hard for them.”

••• With the Mets in a race for a wild­card play­off spot, Mack­anin knew the un­writ­ten rule. That’s why he started a veteran lineup… one that may have re­vealed what he con­sid­ered to be his most po­tent bat­ting or­der.

That in­cluded Jimmy Pare­des and Aaron Altherr at the cor­ner out­field spots. It also had Ryan Howard at first base, but only par­tially to give fans a chance to see him in what al­most cer­tainly will be his last series as a Phillie.

With the Mets start­ing righthander Robert Gsell­man, Howard likely would have started any­way.

“I put as much of­fense as I could in there,” Mack­anin said. “And Howard is swing­ing the bat well, so he’s in the lineup. That’s the best we have, yeah.”

Howard re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from the crowd of 20,556 be­fore each of his at-bats. He was 1 for 4 with a sec­ond-in­ning dou­ble off the cen­ter field fence.

••• The Phils’ los­ing streak reached five… and Mack­anin’s pa­tience reached its limit. So with one out in the eighth, the Phils’ man­ager was ejected for the first time this sea­son.

Mack­anin had just seen Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes check his swing yet let go of a bat that went swirling. First base um­pire Will Lit­tle did not ap­prove the Phillies’ ap­peal and ruled the pitch a ball.

As Mack­anin came out to ar­gue, Lit­tle put up his hand in a stop-sign mo­tion. When Mack­anin con­tin­ued, he was gone.

“I had to get thrown out there,” Mack­anin said. “I told the um­pire that I can’t be­lieve when the bat goes for­ward like that that he didn’t swing. If he would’ve hung onto it, he prob­a­bly would’ve bro­ken his wrist. I thought he made the wrong call. I felt like I had to get thrown out, know­ing I would be go­ing out there. It was just frus­trat­ing.”

••• Alec Asher made his fifth start of the sea­son, go­ing six in­nings and al­low­ing three runs, strik­ing out four and walk­ing none. He al­lowed three or fewer runs in each start.

Last sea­son, he was 0-6. But he added a two-seam fast­ball and some con­fi­dence.

“The main thing was just to come up here with a sec­ond chance and pitch like I know I should,” he said. “To come back and do this, it feels great.”

••• NOTES >> Freddy Galvis left for pinch­hit­ter Andres Blanco in the sev­enth, re­port­ing tight­ness in his ham­string … The orig­i­nally sched­uled 7 o’clock Satur­day night game will be played at 1 p.m. Satur­day af­ter­noon, for TV pur­poses. Phil Klein (0-1, 8.22 ERA) will op­pose Mets right-han­der Bar­tolo Colon (14-8. 3.42).


Ro­man Quinn, right, was im­pres­sive since join­ing the Phillies in Septem­ber, but an oblique in­jury may keep him from par­tic­i­pat­ing in win­ter ball.

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