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Jonathan Mayo

Double-A prospect Joseph returns from DL red-hot

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When Tommy Joseph went on the disabled list after suffering another head injury and potential concussion on April 25, he was in the midst of a tear. After going 0-for-4 in his first game back on Saturday, he got right back to destroying Eastern League pitching on Sunday.

Joseph, the Phillies' No. 16 prospect went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs for Double-A Reading. Before he went on the DL, Joseph had reeled off an eight-game hitting streak and had homered in three of his last four games. He now has four homers and 12 RBIs in his last six games.

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There is reason for concern about Joseph's health, however. The 22-year-old backstop played in just 36 games in 2013 because of concussion-related issues. So when he took a foul tip off of his head on April 25 and reported feeling uncomfortable, the Phillies immediately put him on the disabled list.

When healthy, the 2009 second-round pick of the San Francisco Giants, who came to the Phillies in the 2012 Trade Deadline deal for Hunter Pence, has shown serious home-run pop. He had a career high 22 homers in 2011, while playing for San Jose in the California League.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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