Key Phillies reliever is fine after injury scare


False alarm. 

Connor Brogdon, the Phillies’ hard-throwing, homegrown right-handed reliever, is fine after exiting Sunday’s spring training game in Bradenton flexing his back and side in the middle of an at-bat.

Brogdon was nine pitches into the bottom of the seventh and had a 1-2 count on Pirates third baseman Philip Evans when he exhibited discomfort. Joe Girardi went out to the mound with a trainer and Brogdon came out of the game immediately. He was flexing and twisting his back and side and touched his lower back as he walked off.

Everything's fine, according to Girardi. Just caution given the time of year.

"He just had a little rib kinda get-out," Girardi said. "They brought him back in, they pushed it in and he’s fine. It happens with him a lot. I was just being overly cautious with him, and then he went and ran, so we don’t really have any concerns."

Brogdon looked like his normal self in the inning prior to leaving. He struck out the first hitter he faced and threw his first five fastballs better than 95 mph. The final pitch he threw was a fastball at 87.8.

Brogdon, 26, is a pretty important piece of this Phillies team. He opened eyes last season as a rookie with a dominant final two weeks, pitching 8⅔ one-hit, scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts after a second call-up. He is set to be one of just a few relievers returning from last season’s bullpen, along with Hector Neris and potentially JoJo Romero, Ranger Suarez and/or David Hale.

Brad Miller, the Phillies’ top bench bat and backup at several positions had an MRI Sunday afternoon as the Phillies' game was ending. They hope to know more about his oblique injury on Monday. The latest news was good news on J.T. Realmuto's injured thumb.

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