Philadelphia Phillies Player News: All Positions

News: Kingery has hit just .214/.250/.357 in 14 spring games.
Impact: Kingery's numbers are far from the excellent .411/.441/.786 line he posted last spring, a performance which earned him an extension before he ever stepped foot on a big-league field. His slash line isn't very different from the .226/.267/.338 mark he posted as a rookie, which doesn't make a great case for him earning an expanded role this year.
News: Neris has a 14:2 K:BB in eight spring innings but has also allowed five runs and given up three homers.
Impact: Strikeout rates stabilize faster than ERAs, so perhaps there's no reason to worry about Neris, but he hasn't done everything he could to reassure fantasy players after a shaky 2018 season. The arrival of David Robertson seems to push Neris one step further away from the save conversation, though he's still a quality pitcher when his stuff is working. The Phillies' unconventional reliever usage could see Neris wind up with at least a handful of saves even if he's not manager Gabe Kapler's preferred option.
News: Neshek has allowed just one run in 3.1 innings of work this spring, striking out five while walking just one.
Impact: Neshek wound up with five saves last season in a bullpen that was in flux throughout the year. The arrival of David Robertson pushes him one spot further from the ninth inning, but he could still wind up with the occasional save if the Phillies stick with unconventional bullpen tactics. He doesn't have a ton of value when not happening to pitch in the ninth, though, as he struck out just 14.9 percent of batters last season and has reached the 60-inning mark just twice in the last 10 years.
News: Robertson has thrown just two innings so far in camp, allowing one solo homer and striking out three batters.
Impact: Robertson signed well before camp, so his light workload is probably just a case of a veteran knowing what he needs to do to get ready for the season. Robertson's role with his new team remains unclear. The Phillies have said he won't be a traditional closer, but manager Gabe Kapler did have a preferred man for the ninth inning for stretches of last season. The veteran would be an obvious candidate should the Phillies choose anyone for the job due to his 2.88 career ERA and 137 career saves.
News: Segura has primarily hit second for the Phillies this spring, sandwiched between fellow new arrivals Andrew McCutchen and Bryce Harper.
Impact: The trio of newcomers have been manager Gabe Kapler's preferred top of the lineup when all three have been available this spring, with Rhys Hoskins cleaning up behind them. Segura should benefit from a major upgrade in home park in addition to an improved lineup this season and should score a lot of runs with Harper and Hoskins hitting behind him.
News: Hoskins is hitting a modest .235/.333/.353 through 13 spring games.
Impact: Hoskins' role as the Phillies' everyday first baseman won't be threatened by a slight spring slump. In their three games in the lineup together, new signing Bryce Harper has hit third, with Hoskins batting cleanup. Hoskins should enjoy an improved lineup around him this season, with three new bats (Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura and Harper) hitting in front of him and plenty of protection behind him in the form of J.T. Realmuto. He'll also no longer have to deal with the distraction of learning left field.
News: The Phillies optioned Walding to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday.
Impact: Given that two of his main competitors for reserve gigs with the big club (Scott Kingery and Sean Rodriguez) offer far more defensive versatility, it's not surprising that Walding, a corner infielder, was ultimately cut. Walding will likely play on an everyday basis at Lehigh Valley but should rank near the top of the list for a callup if either Rhys Hoskins or Maikel Franco misses time with an injury at any point.
News: Harper will play four innings in right field in a minor-league game Monday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: The original plan was to restrict Harper to designated hitter duties, but he felt confident enough to test his bruised ankle with some defensive work. Assuming that goes well, he'll be back with the big-league squad Wednesday. Barring setbacks, he should be unaffected by the start of the regular season.
News: Herrera (hamstring) will start in center field and bat second in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.
Impact: Herrera made his spring debut in Saturday's 13-5 loss to the Astros, going 1-for-2 with a double and a walk while serving as the Phillies' designated hitter. With Herrera coming out of that contest no worse for the wear, he'll now get the green light to man his normal spot in the outfield, signaling that he's made a full recovery from the left hamstring strain that has sidelined him for most of camp. Herrera should be able to get enough at-bats in before spring training comes to a close, thereby guaranteeing his availability for Opening Day.
News: Harper went 0-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.
Impact: Harper, who didn't play Saturday after getting hit by a pitch in the foot the day before, went hitless in his return to action (as the designated hitter). The outfielder is now 0-for-8 with a stolen base and 4:5 BB:K through five games this spring. According to Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Harper is scheduled to play in a minor-league Monday before returning to the field Wednesday against the Tigers.