Phillies Designate Andrew Bailey for Assignment
After Sunday's disappointing loss to the Atlanta Braves, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin hinted that there could be some roster moves coming. The losing pitcher on Sunday, Andrew Bailey, will be that roster move. The Phillies announced Tuesday afternoon that Bailey's contract has been designated for assignment. Right-handed reliever Luis Garcia will take Bailey's place on the roster.
The move is a disappointing one for Bailey, who had the opportunity to play for his hometown team. Growing up in South Jersey and attending Paul VI High School, Bailey battled through injuries after winning the 2009 American League Rookie of the Year Award and becoming a 2010 All-Star with the Oakland Athletics. After a trade to the Boston Red Sox, Bailey experienced shoulder issues.
After missing the 2014 season completely, Bailey made a brief comeback with the New York Yankees in 2015 before signing with the Phillies as a minor league free agent prior to the 2016 season.
Bailey's removal from the 40-man roster will open up a roster spot for a Phillies prospect. Garcia already occupied a place on the 40-man roster, but several prospects are not yet on the 40-man. Nick Williams, J.P. Crawford, Andrew Knapp and Jake Thompson all have a chance to join the Phillies by season's end. Before they do so, they will need to be added to the 40-man roster.