The Philadelphia Phillies have had themselves a fine start to the 2019 MLB season. A half-game ahead of the Mets for the division lead in the NL East despite dropping their last two games, Gabe Kapler's team ought to fancy its chances to make a big run this year.
But that doesn't mean they aren't dealing with setbacks. Today, the Phils announced that they were sending infielders Jean Segura and Scott Kingery and righty reliever Victor Arano to the 10-day injured list.
In the corresponding moves, pitchers Drew Anderson and Austin Davis are coming up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, as is infielder Mitch Walding.
It's an unfortunate turn for the Phillies, who have watched Kingery (.406/.457/.719 in 14 games) and Segura (.328/.384/.478 in 16 games) get themselves off to attractive starts. Arano has thrown just 4.2 innings in 2019, but has allowed just two earned runs along with a tidy 0.86 WHIP.
Championship teams need to be able to prove they can get it done with depth. It will be up to Philly to do exactly that, beginning with tonight's tilt against the Rockies at Coors Field.