White Sox catching prospect Josh Phegley is not playing in the Arizona Fall League after all as the same physical problems that plagued him this summer are still giving him trouble.
Phegley’s minor-league season was cut short because of ITP Syndrome, an ailment that affects the platelet count in the blood. In simple terms, Phegley would be more susceptible to internal bleeding than the average person and getting hit with a foul ball or by a pitch could have devastating results.
“Right now everything is still up and down and [the platelet count] is not stabilizing like we thought it would,” Phegley told csnchicago.com. “We milked it through the regular season so I could keep playing. I don’t want to do that for a long [period of] time. So we’ll do what we have to do to get it figured out.”
He said that by taking time of this fall, it would help him to be ready for spring training. Phegley was replaced on the roster of the Peoria Saguaros by another White Sox catching prospect, Jason Bour.