Ben Revere to have surgery, miss 6-8 weeks

Ben Revere to have surgery, miss 6-8 weeks

July 15, 2013, 10:00 am
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Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere, who broke his right foot Saturday, is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday morning.

Revere is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Revere broke the foot on a foul ball before grounding into a game-ending double play in the top half of the Phillies' day-night doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies lost, 5-4, in 11 innings.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Steven Raikin at the Rothman Institute.

Revere was in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak and had been one of the hottest hitters in baseball. He's hit .347 since May 1 and .409 over his last 29 games.

Ruben Amaro Jr. has discussed shopping for a replacement centerfielder, but John Mayberry Jr. will get a bulk of the duty in the meantime. Mayberry is a .253 hitter with a .765 OPS in 224 career starts.

Another internal option is Cesar Hernandez, the second baseman who had a brief stint with the Phillies earlier this season. Hernandez had been getting work in center with the Triple A IronPigs even before Revere's injury, and is now headed down to Double A Reading to get further adjusted to the position, according to the Reading Eagle.

Some centerfielders who could be made available in a trade soon include Alex Rios and Alejandro De Aza of the White Sox, Justin Ruggiano of the Marlins and the Cubs' Nate Schierholtz. Under the two wild-card format, there are considerably fewer teams that see themselves as clear sellers mid-way through July, which will make it more difficult for Amaro to find a long-term replacement.