Reports are that James will miss the first three months of the season, with an early July targeted for his return.
Phillies director of player development, Joe Jordan thinks there is still a chance for James to not allow his season to become a lost season.
"There's always ways - Arizona, winter ball - for him to make up the at-bats," said Jordan of the potential plans for James to salvage the season.
James is currently ranked as the 40th best prospect in the Phillies organization.
Another Phillies prospect, outfielder Kelly Dugan has been sidelined by an oblique injury this spring, but in general, the rest of the Phillies key prospects have been healthy.