Justin Bour’s first start for the Phillies on Wednesday against the Red Sox was not the beginning of displacement proceedings against Carlos Santana at first base, according to Phillies manager Gabe Kapler.
“Santana is going to play every day,” Kapler said. “Bour is going to be a weapon off the bench for us.”
Santana ended a 3-for-27 slump with a pinch-hit single in the fourth inning.
Bour singled twice in five at-bats and made a stellar defensive play to save a run in the sixth inning of what was then a 3-3 tie.
After second baseman Cesar Hernandez moved several steps to his left to field Steve Pearce’s grounder, his throw forced Bour to stretch as far as he could up the line. After first-base umpire Ben May ruled Pearce safe, replay review overturned the call.
Catcher Wilson Ramos was productive in his Phillies debut. He threw out a runner trying to steal to end the first inning, then threw away a pickoff attempt. He had his first career three-extra base hit game: RBI double in the fourth; second career triple in the sixth; two-run double in the seventh. He scored three times and drove in three.
Andrew Knapp, sent to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Ramos, will play most games but not all as a catcher.
“We want him to get reps behind the plate,” Kapler said, “get reps at first base. I can see him getting reps at third base and in the outfield.
“We want to give him the opportunity to be as versatile as possible and provide us with as much flexibility to be on the playoff roster as possible.”
Jerad Eickhoff took another step forward Tuesday in his injury rehab with four scoreless innings for high-A Clearwater. The right-hander walked three, allowed one hit and threw 28 of 52 pitches for strikes.
“He excitedly said results and location were not where he wanted them to be,” Kapler said, “But the ball came out good, he executed his pitches and as you probably saw, it was a clean line.”
The Phillies start a five-game, four-day, two-city home series against the Mets with Thursday’s single-admission doubleheader.
The series concludes with Sunday’s MLB Little League Classic at Williamsport’s Bowman Field.
Thursday, Game 1 (4:05 p.m.), either Zach Eflin or Ranger Suarez vs. RHP Corey Oswalt (1-2, 5.03)
Game 2: Eflin/Suarez vs. LHP Steven Matz (5-9, 4.35)
Friday (6:05): Aaron Nola (13-3, 2.28) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 3.22)
Saturday (4:05): Jake Arrieta (9-7, 3.33) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (7-7, 1.81)