Roster Moves: Phillies option two relievers down to Lehigh Valley to hit new 26-man roster limit
Following Sunday night’s loss to the Mets, the Phillies optioned both Damon Jones and Cristopher Sanchez to Triple-A.
The move comes to shrink the roster down from 28 players to 26, effective on Monday. With the abnormal spring training this season, the MLB granted teams two more spots on their roster for the first month of the regular season. The Phillies decided to use those two spots for extra arms out of the pen, but will now be sending Jones and Sanchez to Lehigh Valley.
Damon Jones has suffered a 9.64 ERA in just 4.2 innings, allowing four hits, five earned runs, and five walks. Jones has pitched the second least amount of innings out of the pen for the team, trailing just Connor Brogdon.
Cristopher Sanchez will also be heading down to AAA. Sanchez has thrown 10 innings and has allowed eight hits and six earned runs while striking out 10. He’s tallied a 5.40 ERA and is tied with Nick Nelson for the most innings out of the bullpen.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies travel back to Philadelphia to start a two-game series with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. The team is 11-12 on the season and currently sits five games back of the Mets for first place in the NL East.