Phillies’ Mickey Moniak out 4-6 weeks with Hairline Fracture

The battle for the Phillies’ starting center position appears to be won by Matt Vierling by default.

Micky Moniak will be out 4-6 to six weeks with a broken hand suffered in Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game against the Tampa Bay Rays. X-rays came back negative on Moniak’s right hand initially, but unfortunately he will be out for about a month.

Moniak, 23, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, went through solid spring training to make the Phillies’ opening roster on Opening Day, hitting .371 with five hime runes in 35 at-bats. in 14 games.

He’s struggled at the MLB level, hitting .128 in 29 games with Philadelphia over the past two seasons.

The center position is now that of Vierling, who is entering his second season in MLB, after hitting .324 with two homers and two doubles in 34 games last season.

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