Phillies News: Philadelphia Gets Bad News on Andrew Knapp Injury

Devon Platana
The Philadelphia Phillies have received some bad news regarding catcher Andrew Knapp's injury.
The Philadelphia Phillies have received some bad news regarding catcher Andrew Knapp's injury. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp was involved in a scary incident in a loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. The 29-year-old was hit in the mask by a tipped foul ball in the sixth inning, leaving him on the ground for several moments. While he managed to stay in the game following the frightening moment, Knapp late exited the contest in the seventh inning.

Unfortunately, the most recent injury update on Knapp is bad news for the Phillies. As of Saturday, the fifth-year catcher has entered the seven-day concussion protocol, meaning the club expects him to miss the next few games at a minimum.

Andrew Knapp Injury Update

Considering how concussions aren't something you want to play around with, it's kind of surprising the Phillies even let Knapp return to the game in the first place. Still, the past is the past and Philadelphia has since recalled catcher Rafael Marchan from the organization's Triple-A affiliate. The 22-year-old has been decent in eight career games with the Phillies, recording a double, a home run and 3 RBI in 13 career at-bats while slashing .231/.286/.308.

Regardless of how well Marchan has played, losing Knapp to the concussion protocol will sting a bit for the Phillies. Even though he only has one home run and a .174 batting average in 86 at-bats, it's not his offense that his team covets him for: it's his defense. Knapp has a 1.000 fielding percentage on the season and even though Marchan is good, it's that type of play and experience that'll be hard to replace.

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