Struggling Bench Shuffled Again

Freddy GalvisThe Phillies shuffled their struggling bench once more today.

They announced they had outrighted utility infielder Jayson Nix from the 40-man roster. It follows Thursday’s move, when they optioned utility infielder Freddy Galvis to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Galvis fractured his left clavicle yesterday in a game with the IronPigs. He is expected to miss several weeks, although the club said his recovery timetable has not been determined.

The Phillies said a move to replace Nix on the 25-man roster will be made before Tuesday’s game against the Angels at Citizens Bank Park. First baseman/outfielder Darin Ruf could be a possibility. He continued his rehab assignment Monday with Lehigh Valley. Double-A Reading infielder Cesar Hernandez also is an option.

It seems less likely Triple-A third baseman Maikel Franco is a serious consideration because the Phillies view him more than a bench player and limited at-bats in the big leagues could curtail his development. He just started to swing the bat well after a terribly slow start.

Reid Brignac, who replaced Galvis on the roster Friday, currently is the only utility infielder on the big-league roster.

Neither Galvis or Nix produced offensively, which is a theme for the Phillies bench. Nix, who can elect to become a free agent, hit .154 with one home run, two RBIs and a .445 OPS in 43 plate appearances. Galvis, who opened the season on the 15-day disabled list following a MRSA infection in his left knee in Spring Training, hit just .048 with a .156 OPS in 46 plate appearances.

Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. is hitting .138 with a .562 OPS in 35 plate appearances, and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. is hitting .189 with a .521 OPS in 63 plate appearances.

Gwynn, Mayberry, Galvis and Nix hit a combined .135 (22-for-163) with three doubles, two home runs and nine RBIs.

8 Comments

Todd, do you think the outrighting Nix is to make room for a relief pitcher from outside the organization…or even one from the minors?

With Galvis down (and out), and Nix gone, it has to be another infielder, right?

Hmmmm. Not that either was very effective, to say the least. But, who’s on 3rd? “I don’t know!” LOL!

Why the heck did they hire Nix in the first place? Why didn’t they stick with Frandsen? He’s at least not as bad as Nix.

Amaro will probably trade Lee for Frandson. This season just gets more depressing every day.

While Nix was the wrong guy, the logic in getting himade sense. Galvis was injured and we had no one to play SS behing JRol who had a bad spring, and has been injured in past. Went out and got a Utility guy who can play ss as well as 3B instead of Frandsen who could play 3b and the not needed 1B.
If Frandsen had been patient, he’d have been called back up and may have even taken Asche’s job away.

As always with RAJ, its not the logic of the move that is wrong, but the choice or player. He has no head for judging talent. Imagine an OF of Victorino, Pence and Brown (or Byrd)

To this day, I still don’t know why they let Victorino go. He was a gold glove OF (I know sometimes he could be a knucklehead) and has a good bat. Between the bench players and bullpen, not sure which is more urgent. Hoping we see Giles sometime soon.

How long has the Phils offense been inconsistent? three years? poor relief pitching? two or three years? The team needs to be rebuilt, the only consistent is a healthy Chase Utley. Ryan Sandberg puts Asche out there after a three error game, face it call up Franco send Asche packing. Nothing wrong being loyal to a player but a judge of talent Asche or Franco? The comment above about Victorino? how about Pence, how about Werth? resign the talent!. Never win with Raj and his decisions.

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