Phillies Roster Moves, Updates, and Starting Lineup Heading into the Series Opener Against Tampa Bay
The Phillies are back at Citizens Bank Park tonight to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a two game series. After a tough road stretch out west, the team heads back home to take on a very important set of home games. Ahead of tonight’s series opener, the team made multiple changes and updates to their current roster.
Phillies Roster Moves
The return of Freddy Galvis is in full force. After being acquired with minutes remaining on trade deadline day, Galvis is finally active. He’s not in the starting lineup tonight, but could see a pinch hit opportunity, or some late innings in the field.
Galvis is hitting .249/.306/.720 in just about 250 at bats this season with the Baltimore Orioles. The former Phillie is back in red pinstripes, and will be a great utility guy around the field for this team. Galvis can play the infield, and can even sprinkle around in the outfield if desperately needed.
Sam Coonrod is also back on the roster, after being re-instated form the 60 Day IL with tendinitis in his right forearm. Coonrod is 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA on the season, with 30 strikeouts in 28 innings. The addition of Coonrod will bring another arm back to the bullpen, in a more flexible role than other guys.
Enyel De Los Santos has been optioned to Lehigh Valley. De Los Santos turned into the David Hale of the second half of the season, and it seemed like he was just the guy Girardi threw in when he never knew what to do. Enyel is 0-1 with a 5.24 ERA in the 2021 season, with a 1.61 WHIP. Jorge Bonifacio has also been designated for assignment by the Phillies, after just a few days up in the majors with the team.
Tonight’s Starting Lineup
This is how the Phillies will lineup tonight vs Tampa Bay. Herrera will continue his hot August and hit leadoff, and Ranger Suarez (5-4, 1.47 ERA) will take the hill for the team, going up against Drew Rasmussen (1-0, 3.30 ERA). Rhys Hoskins is out of the lineup tonight, after just making his return from the IL in home run fashion. No reasoning has been announced yet, but if I had to guess, Hoskins probably just felt sore after getting back in game action on Sunday.
A big home stand sits in front of this team, and they need to get off on the right foot tonight. Sitting 4.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves, who have a very tough schedule coming up, now is the time to make the run back to first place.
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