Phillies have made the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/cj9RpK5F6D— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) June 25, 2021
The move that’s causing the most jubilation among Phillies fans is the designation for assignment of David Hale. Hale has been awful all season, and getting him off the roster will thankfully keep Joe Girardi from inexplicably using him in high leverage spots.
It’s telling that the Phillies are basically replacing him with Neftali Feliz - who hasn’t appeared in a major league game since 2017 - and it is seen as an upgrade.
It has been 1,412 days since Neftalí Feliz last pitched in a Major League Baseball game. Still has a live arm.— Bob Wankel (@BobWankelCB) June 25, 2021
Phils are due for a lotto ticket to hit…right?
Feliz had been putting up good numbers in the minors, so there’s a possibility that he could be a positive contributor.
Less exciting than Hale’s departure is the fact that Sam Coonrod will be headed to the Injured List. He had success as a setup man earlier in the season, but had been shaky recently, so maybe he’s been fighting the injury for some time? I would prefer that over another possible explanation for his drop-off in performance.
Sam Coonrod splits before/after MLB announced the crackdown on foreign substances— rob, PCEA® (@therealestmuto) June 24, 2021
up until June 2:
3.63 ERA, 25.5 K%, 5.3 BB%, opponent swinging strikes on 12.2% of pitches
Since June 3:
6.35 ERA, 22.2 K%, 18.5 BB%, opponent swinging strikes on 5.5% of pitches
As for the others, Nick Maton was a nice story earlier in the season, before his job as backup infielder was basically seized by Ronald Torreyes. And De Los Santos will likely only be up for one day in case the Phillies need an additional arm for the doubleheader on Friday.