Struggling Bench Shuffled Again
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.