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Trea Turner returns, Phillies option Johan Rojas to Triple A – NBC Sports Philadelphia

Trea Turner said on May 3, the day he strained his hamstring, that he expected to be out six weeks and that was exactly how long he would be out. He returned to the Phillies’ active roster Monday to start a six-game homestand.

Turner will return to the Phillies lineup at shortstop, reprising his role as the No. 2 hitter behind Kyle Schwarber.

Edmundo Sosa played extremely well offensively and defensively during Turner’s absence, hitting .282/.342/.509 with five doubles, four triples, four home runs, 17 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 33 games. The Phillies went 22-11.

With Turner’s return, Sosa resumes his super-utility role. He will also get some work in the outfield in pregame sessions to potentially give the Phillies another right-handed hitting option in left field or center field.

The Phils were faced with a difficult decision in creating an active roster spot for Turner. The casualty was Johan Rojas, who was optioned to Triple A. Other choices would have been to designate Cristian Pache or David Dahl for assignment, choices that likely would have resulted in either player being snagged by another club.

Rojas will play every day at Triple-A and will receive a ton of at-bats as the Phillies look for him to find a more offensive position. In 58 games this season, he hit .235/.271/.295. In 59 games last summer, he hit .302/.342/.430. He struggled mightily in the postseason and the Phillies weren’t expecting this level of offensive production, but they need a little more than he provided in 196 plate appearances.

Without Rojas, it appears the Phillies will put Brandon Marsh and Pache in center field with Whit Merrifield and Dahl in left.

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