Tommy Joseph to have season-ending surgery

Tommy Joseph to have season-ending surgery
August 3, 2014, 12:30 pm

Over the last two seasons, Tommy Joseph has had just 241 plate appearances in the minor leagues. (AP)

WASHINGTON -- Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph has lost another season of development.

Joseph will have season-ending wrist surgery on Tuesday, the Phillies announced Sunday.

Joseph, 23, injured his left wrist in a play at the plate on May 9 while playing for Double A Reading. At the time, he was hitting .282 with five homers, four doubles, a triple and 19 RBIs in 21 games. He rehabbed the injury and played in several games in the Gulf Coast League in July before having to shut down.

Joseph ended up playing in just 27 games this season. He missed significant time last season with a concussion and was limited to just 36 games. Over the last two seasons, he has had just 241 plate appearances in the minor leagues. This has not helped Joseph’s development and Cameron Rupp has moved past him on the catching prospect ladder.

The Phillies acquired Joseph in July 2012 from San Francisco in the Hunter Pence trade. He was the Giants’ second-round draft pick in 2009.

The Phils also got outfielder Nate Schierholtz and reliever Seth Rosin in that deal. Schierholtz was not offered a contract after the 2012 season and Rosin is pitching at Double A after struggling at Triple A earlier this season.

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