The day was March 6 when Tommy Joseph's season reached its highest point. He caught nine innings of a Grapefruit League game, won praise from Roy Halladay, and twice singled off Stephen Strasburg.
The rest of the catching prospect's first full season in the Phillies system is a nightmare.
Joseph will not play again in 2013, director of player development Joe Jordan said Thursday. The 22-year-old is still hampered by concussion symptoms from a May incident. It is the third concussion of his young career. And it could force Joseph to play a position other than catcher.
Jordan said the team is hopeful Joseph can remain behind the plate, where his value is highest, but the organization may talk about a switch before 2014 begins. Joseph, acquired in the Hunter Pence trade last July, played in just 36 games and hit .179 with a .514 OPS.