Tonight's lineup: Maikel Franco returns to 3-hole after missing 3 games


He's back. And just in time.

After missing three games with a mild right knee sprain, Maikel Franco returns to the Phillies' lineup tonight and will bat third.

The Phillies have been outscored 18-5 their last two games. The team needs all the offense it can get, and even if Franco has been slumping, he is one of a few players that can give the Phillies some power. 

Franco replaces Andres Blanco in the lineup, who was 1 for 3 with a walk in Wednesday's loss. The Phillies' 1 through 4 hitters managed just seven hits during Franco's three-game absence. 

Jimmy Paredes will man right field and Tyler Goeddel will play left, replacing Cody Asche, who went 3 for 4 with a home run and two doubles in Wednesday's loss. It's just Goeddel's sixth start in the Phils' last 14 games (see game notes).

Here is tonight's full lineup:

1. Odubel Herrera CF
2. Freddy Galvis SS
3. Maikel Franco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Jimmy Paredes RF
7. Tyler Goeddel LF
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P 

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