Phillies Shake Up Bench, Add Plouffe
As expected, the Phillies added starting pitcher Enyel De Los Santos to the 40-man roster and purchased his contract from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. To make room, the Phillies moved utility infielder Pedro Florimon to the 60-day disabled list. But those were not the only moves the Phillies made on Tuesday.
Down one infielder since shortstop and third baseman J.P. Crawford was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a broken left hand, the Phillies have been using Dylan Cozens in that roster spot. Already down Florimon, the Phillies have lacked a veteran bench bat. To solve this, the Phillies purchased the contract of utility infielder Trevor Plouffe.
Adding Plouffe required two moves: The Phillies needed a 40-man roster spot and a spot on the active roster. To make room on the active roster, the Phillies optioned Dylan Cozens to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 40-man roster spot was created as reliever Hoby Milner was designated for assignment.
Plouffe was batting .242 with 12 home runs and 35 runs batted in for the IronPigs. Primarily a first baseman, Plouffe has played first base and second base for the IronPigs this season, and has experience at shortstop and outfield in his professional career. The 32 year-old has played in 823 major league games for the Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics, batting .242.
Milner began the season with the Phillies, but was optioned to Triple-A in April. Should Milner clear waivers, the Phillies can assign him outright to Triple-A. Milner could be claimed, as the Cleveland Indians one spent a Rule 5 draft pick on Milner and other clubs could be interested in giving him a shot. Milner had a 7.71 earned run average in seven games with the Phillies this season.