On Wednesday afternoon, the Phillies announced a few roster moves.
The Phillies obviously felt that Sean Rodriguez was a superior option to Mitch Walding to fill the backup infielder role while Jean Segura and Scott Kingery are injured. In his brief time with the team, Walding made two plate appearances, both of which unsurprisingly ended in strikeouts. In Walding’s 21 career plate appearances, he’s struck out 14 times.
Sean Rodriguez is an eleven-year veteran who can play just about every position. He spent the 2018 season with the Pirates, appearing in 66 games, producing a slash line of .167/.277/.313.
To make room for Rodriguez on the 40-man roster, the team designated left-handed reliever James Pazos for assignment. Pazos - acquired in the Jean Segura trade - appeared in 60 games for the Mariners in 2018, recording a 2.88 ERA. He is best known for his prodigious mustache:
*The James Pazos deal— James Pazos’s Lip Fur (@PhillyPhurnatic) December 4, 2018
Fixed it for you, Todd https://t.co/zIxwd3uuaY
After Drew Anderson threw four innings of relief on Tuesday night, the Phillies likely needed a fresh option for long relief in the next few days. Enyel De Los Santos had a brief run with the Phillies in 2018, pitching in seven games, including two starts. As a member of the Lehigh Valley rotation, De Los Santos made three starts, going 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA.
Depending on how the new players perform - and how speedily the injured players recover - the Phillies may have more moves to make in the days ahead.