Phillies vs. Cardinals: Joe Girardi gives slumping Alec Bohm ‘a little reset’

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Joe Girardi gives slumping Alec Bohm ‘a little reset’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Third baseman Alec Bohm was not in the Phillies’ starting lineup for the first time this season Wednesday night in St. Louis.

"He’s had a tough road trip and I felt he could use a day off,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s the kind of player you never want to give a day off, but he’s been scuffling the last four or five days so I thought he could use a day.”

Brad Miller started at third base in place of Bohm. Miller batted leadoff for the third straight game. He had started the previous two in left field in place of slumping Andrew McCutchen.

McCutchen, hitting just .154, returned to the lineup in left field on Wednesday night and batted fifth. Girardi said his decision to drop McCutchen to fifth was not performance based. With a day game on Thursday, Girardi rested catcher J.T. Realmuto and used Didi Gregorius in the cleanup spot and Odubel Herrera in the No. 6 spot.

“Without J.T. and Bohm, I needed (a right-handed bat) to split the lefties,” Girardi said. “Had J.T. and Bohm been in there, I probably would have led him off.” 

Bohm had two hits in the first game of the road trip but is 0 for 13 with three strikeouts since. He has dropped to .198 for the season. As a rookie last year, he hit .338 in 44 games.

A player with Bohm’s promise won’t be on the bench long. He could get into Wednesday’s night game off the bench and will likely start the series finale on Thursday afternoon behind Aaron Nola. 

“I just wanted to let him reset a little bit,” Girardi said. “He’s hit some balls hard. He’s had some bad luck and we’ve got to get that turned around.”

NOTES 

Girardi said Scott Kingery could get a start Thursday. The Phillies will face a lefty, Kwang Hyun Kim. Kingery could play center field in place of Herrera or second base in place of Nick Maton.  

Matt Moore continues to be available out of the bullpen. Girardi has not committed to when or if Moore will return to the rotation. Vince Velasquez made his second start in Moore’s spot Wednesday night. Moore was activated Monday after missing a week and a start while in COVID protocol.