The Phillies welcome back three players from the disabled list before their series with the Giants begins tonight. The headline item, of course, is the return of Cliff Lee from the 60-day DL, his elbow allegedly ready to go; if it looks good enough, it could well take him out of town over the next couple weeks, or perhaps next month. Also back are catcher Wil Nieves, out since June 19 with a quad injury, and infielder Reid Brignac, who had sprained his ankle a few days earlier.
The team made room for them by outrighting catcher Koyie Hill off the 40-man roster, optioning infielder Cesar Hernandez to triple-A, and designating outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment. Hill posted a .238/.273/.286 line in 22 plate appearances, slightly bettering his career triple-slash line while enjoying the per diem. Hernandez, 24, hit .225/.282/.275 with his first career home run; he'll likely benefit from everyday at-bats at Lehigh Valley. Gwynn had a career-best walk rate but did little else at the plate, with a .163/.282/.204 line. (Meanwhile, Bobby Abreu--whom Gwynn beat out for the last roster spot this spring--is hitting .259/.349/.370 for the Mets. It's a scouting organization, donchaknow.)
With Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf nearly ready, it's likely more moves are coming soon--even if no trades go through.