Roster Moves: Phillies DFA LHP Ryan Sherriff
The Phillies have reinstated LHP Ryan Sherriff from the 60-day IL and have designated him for assignment, according to the team.
Sherriff, 32, was an unfortunate disappointment for the Phillies this year, failing to appear at the major league level due to injury. The Phillies claimed Sherriff off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays in the offseason but dealt with a shoulder strain in his throwing arm for months.
As a member of the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen last season on Opening Day, Sherif left the team shortly after and spent time away from baseball to focus on his mental health. He pitched a few times throughout the year, putting together an unimpressive 0-1 record with a 5.52 ERA in just 14.2 innings pitched.
Sheriff was drafted in 2011 in the 28th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2017, he was 2-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 13 games with the Cardinals. The following year, he only pitched 5.2 innings over five games. In 2020, he appeared in 10 games for Tampa Bay, throwing 9.2 innings with a 1-0 record and a 0.00 ERA.
It’s always a gamble to claim a guy like Sherriff, who posted a 5.52 ERA in 14.2 innings last season, tallying 9 earned runs allowed, 14 hits, and 16 strikeouts. With the late dominance of the Phillies bullpen, there was really no need to keep him around, especially with Sam Coonrod expected to return in the near future.
Next, let us all hope Jeurys Familia will get DFA’d and we can kick off August on a high-note. The trade deadline is just 25 hours away, and rumors are flying all over the place around the MLB. Stick with us here at The Liberty Line for all things Phillies.