Phillies Call Up Grady Sizemore from Triple-A

With the All-Star break just three days away, the Phillies decided to add an extra outfielder to the roster. MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that Grady Sizemore has been called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies signed Sizemore to a minor league deal back on June 24 after he was let go by the Boston Red Sox.

To make room for Sizemore on the roster, the Phillies made a pair of procedural moves, which you shouldn’t read anything into:

Buchanan held the Milwaukee Brewers to one run over seven innings to help the Phillies wrap up a series sweep on Thursday afternoon. Since joining the rotation in place of Lee on May 24, Buchanan has posted a 4.40 ERA in 59 1/3 innings, which is pretty good from a #6 starter. But the Phillies won’t need their fifth starter until July 22, so they can keep Buchanan on schedule while benefiting from having an extra position player until then.

Lee moving from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL doesn’t mean anything, either, as he can still be activated as intended on July 19. Moving to the 60-day DL opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for Sizemore. Buchanan going to Triple-A opens up a spot on the 25-man roster for Sizemore.

Here’s what Sizemore has done in 2014 thus far:

  • Red Sox (MLB): .216/.288/.324, 41/19 K/BB (205 PA)
  • Lehigh Valley (AAA): .289/.360/.378, 7/5 K/BB (50 PA)

The Phillies are essentially auditioning Sizemore for two reasons: knowing their options in case Domonic Brown continues to struggle (though I would argue they should let him play full-time regardless), and having a potential replacement in the event they trade Marlon Byrd. Sizemore played all three outfield positions in his short time at Triple-A.

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  1. Carmine

    July 11, 2014 09:02 AM

    Bill, though we will never agree on Ben Revere, I am with you in believing that Dom Brown should play full time. I even think it’s worth putting a coach on the payroll whose only job is to work with Brown.

  2. Chris S.

    July 11, 2014 09:09 AM

    I like the idea of trading Byrd to see what Sizemore can do in what is a lost season. Maybe he regains his All-Star form and we have another piece to the competitive puzzle solved. If not then oh well it didn’t cost us anything to see what Sizemore has to offer.

  3. SteveH

    July 11, 2014 09:49 AM

    Bill,

    If Phillies trade Byrd, do you think they stick with Sizemore the rest of the unless he is god awful, or if he is say average are they looking to replace him with a prospect?

    • Bill Baer

      July 11, 2014 09:57 AM

      The Phillies don’t have any outfield prospects, really. I’d imagine Sizemore and Darin Ruf would get the playing time. Maybe they call up Leandro Castro? Castro would make more sense as a September promotion though.

      • philly fan in NY

        July 11, 2014 10:11 AM

        Kelly Dugan, Aaron Altherr and Cam Perkins might beg to differ…

      • Bill Baer

        July 11, 2014 11:15 AM

        Altherr has already been up, Perkins is struggling at AAA, and Dugan hasn’t played at AAA yet.

      • Philly Fan in NY

        July 11, 2014 11:30 AM

        Altherr did all right during his cup of coffee and was not promoted to “have a shot”, but to fill a spot, I’m suggesting he gets a shot. Dugan is still coming off injury and starting to perform to decent levels – needs to prove that he can hit breaking balls. And I agree that Perkins doesn’t merit a call up on this season’s stats, just that he may have the tools to be relevant. My point was that while we don’t have that can’t miss prospect in the outfield, we do have some prospects that may be a fit for 2015.

      • MattWinks

        July 11, 2014 12:03 PM

        I agree, no one who would be a pre-September call-up unless the team needed a warm body. September could see the 40- man guys get a look.

  4. Matt

    July 11, 2014 10:10 AM

    I guess I don’t fully understand the benefit of bringing in Sizemore at this point over using the rest of the season to see what Ruf can do. Even if Sizemore somehow rekindles his career in this 2nd half, we’re still a losing team, he’ll be a free agent come the offseason, and Ruf will have that much less experience.

    • MattWinks

      July 11, 2014 12:05 PM

      Because Ruf is really bad in an outfield position. Also Ruf is still on a bit of an injury rehab right now. If you see Ruf up, my guess is he will be seeing most of his time squeezing Howard’s 1B playing time

  5. Rob

    July 11, 2014 11:26 AM

    Sizemore should be center field option (short term). Use the rest of the season to see if Ruf and Brown have a future with the team. If you can get a serious OF prospect for Byrd, Papelbon or Lee, do that. The Phillies need power and solid fielding at the corner OF positions. If you have that, you can live with Revere (or maybe Sizemore) for a while. Wait and see if Quinn or Altherr are real CF options.

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