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Diamond Notes
The Phillies embark on a road trip starting with a three-game series against the Cubs in Chicago on Tuesday, followed by a crucial weekend clash in Atlanta against the division rival Braves. Despite leading baseball with the best record and holding an eight-game margin over the Braves in the NL East, the Phillies are navigating significant challenges. Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber join J.T. Realmuto, Taijuan Walker, and Spencer Turnbull on the injury list, testing the team's depth.

Manager Rob Thomson remains optimistic about Harper and Schwarber returning before the All-Star break, though the timeline appears ambitious.

The team's strong start to the season provides a buffer against adversity, but with crucial games ahead, their resilience will be tested.
A New Arm
To bolster the rotation amidst these setbacks, the Phillies turn to Michael Mercado, ranked 30th in the club's prospect list by MLB Pipeline. The 25-year-old right-hander, boasting a 1.71 ERA over 14 appearances (10 starts) with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, steps into the void left by Walker and Turnbull.
"He's got a great arm," manager Rob Thomson praised. "Power stuff. He spins the ball really well and he throws strikes. He's had a standout year at Triple-A, showing poise even in his brief outing in Detroit."
All-Star Push
Following a dominant showing in the initial All-Star voting, the Phillies secured a National League-high six players into Phase 2. Bryce Harper, leading Phase 1 with the most votes among NL players, automatically secures a starting spot, pending his availability for the Midsummer Classic.
Six other Phillies players have a shot at representing Philadelphia in Arlington on July 16: Alec Bohm at third base, Trea Turner at shortstop, J.T. Realmuto behind the plate, Kyle Schwarber as designated hitter, and outfielders Brandon Marsh and Nick Castellanos.
Phase 2 voting is open from noon ET on Sunday until noon ET on Wednesday, exclusively online at
Trade Bait?
Mick Abel, the 22-year-old right-hander ranked as the organization's No. 3 prospect by MLB Pipeline, has faced significant challenges this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He holds a 2-7 record with a 6.79 ERA over 13 starts with the IronPigs. 

His struggles extended into June, where he posted an 8.00 ERA with opponents batting .288 against him.
Once viewed as an untouchable prospect, Abel's recent performance raises questions about his future with the organization, potentially positioning him as a trade chip approaching the deadline.

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