On Sunday, Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan took time to answer questions about many topics throughout the minors, including injured players Jonathan Pettibone, Roman Quinn, Zach Green and Aaron Brown. He also provided feedback on the rise of pitching prospects Aaron Nola and Franklyn Kilome, the return of 2012 top draft pick Shane Watson and the release of lefty pitcher Yoel Mecias.
Read ahead for the full interview with Joe…
Quinn, image- Jay Floyd
-What is the status of Roman Quinn, who was honored as an Eastern League All-Star but has been sidelined with a torn hip flexor? Would he be able to attend the festivities or will he remain in Florida rehabbing?
He’s staying in Florida to continue his rehab. Very disappointing that it happened, ’cause he, I mean everything was coming together for Roman. He was starting to figure himself out as a player. But, you know, he’s getting better. It’s going to take a few more weeks. He’s gonna need some time and we will not put him out there, obviously, before we know he’s ready.
-Corner infielder Zach Greene has been out of action with a broken wrist for Clearwater. Do you have any updates on his progress?
He’s still a ways away. The point of his injury and they had to do a little bone graft and it’s a part of the wrist and hand where there’s not a lot of circulation and it takes longer (to heal) than if it was another part of the body, so he’s a ways away.
-Clearwater outfielder Aaron Brown left a recent game with an undisclosed ailment. What’s his situation?
Browny’s got a little tightness, got lower back tightness. We don’t think it’s a big deal, but it’s gonna be a few days, just trying to give him some time. Hopefully, he just misses three or four games.
-What’s standing out about the Threshers club lately?
I think the whole club is really- it’s- they’re all doing well. Hoskins has settled right in. You know, Moore was an All-Star, he’s doing a good job for them. Canelo is playing well. You know, Tocci has swung the bat good the past few nights and, hopefully, he gets going. But, it’s a good club right now. They put a pretty good lineup on the field every night.
-Back to injury questions…is there any chance we see Jon Pettibone (shoulder surgery) pitch this year?
There is. I saw Jon pitch a bullpen two days ago when I was in Florida and he is pain free. He’s trying to work through the mental block of, you know, “I feel good. I’m healthy. I’ve got to let the ball go.” He will at times, but he’s got to get comfortable enough to say that it’s not going to break anymore and let the ball go. But, he looked good. Continue reading PN Interview: Phillies Director of Player Development Joe Jordan