The Phillies' roster got a bit of a shakeup on Saturday afternoon as struggling right-handed pitcher Vince Velasquez was designated for assignment while outfielder Matt Joyce was activated from the 60-day injured list.

Velasquez, 29, has been a disappointment for the Phillies since coming over as part of the Ken Giles trade back in 2015.  He has a power arm, but control issues plagued him throughout his Phillies tenure.  This season in 21 games (17 starts), Velasquez has a 3-6 record, posting a 5.95 ERA and a WHIP of 1.48.

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Overall with the Phillies, the right-hander has a 31-41 mark to go along with a 4.93 ERA, 1.40 WHIP across 582 2/3 innings (133 appearances, 116 starts).

With Velasquez designated for assignment, he is removed from the Phillies’ 40-man roster and the team has seven days to either place him on waivers or find a trade partner. If Velasquez is placed on waivers and goes unclaimed, the Phillies can outright him to the minor leagues or release him. If Velasquez is claimed, he must be added to that team’s 40-man roster.

There should be some interest in the 29-year old pitcher and his time in Philadelphia is likely over.


Adding Joyce gives the team another bat off the bench with some pop.  He had been struggling in limited time with the Phillies this season, hitting just .100 with two home runs in 50 at-bats.


Other moves today include recalling outfielder Mickey Moniak and pitcher Adonis Medina while sending pitchers Ramon Rosso and Enyel De Los Santos to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and placing outfielder Travis Jankowski on the 10-day injured list with a right foot contusion.

The team could give Medina a start instead of trying to go with another bullpen game, though he hasn't pitched well in Triple-A this season with a 5.05 ERA, 1.43 WHIP in 67 2/3 innings (17 starts) at Lehigh Valley this season.

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