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:
- David Buchanan was demoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley
- Cliff Lee was transferred to the 60-day disabled list
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.