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Bye, David Hale! (And the Phillies made some other moves too)

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Some comings and goings in advance of the series against the Mets

MLB: Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies
This pitch by David Hale most likely did not result in an out
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In preparation for their series against the Mets, the Phillies announced some roster moves on Friday morning:

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.

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.

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.