The Phillies have outrighted infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney, as Matt Breen of Philly.com tweets. While it isn’t yet clear how the 40-man spot will be used, Breen’s colleague Matt Gelb previously reported that righty Alec Asher could get the call.
Sweeney, 25, struggled in brief MLB action last year and had spent the entire 2016 season at Triple-A. Over his 443 plate appearances, he slashed just .232/.299/.346. Sweeney, who came over in the Chase Utley trade, had been looked upon as a possible utility piece, given his wide positional flexibility.
The 24-year-old Asher, meanwhile, is in an interesting situation. He is now eligible to return from a PED suspension, but cannot participate in the minor league playoffs because of that ban. Instead, he may become the latest piece of the Cole Hamels deal to join the current Philadelphia roster.
Like Sweeney, Asher scuffled in his major league debut in 2015. But he has been strong in his limited action on the farm this year, posting a 2.37 ERA over 64 2/3 innings — most of them at Double-A or Triple-A — with 6.4 K/9 against just 1.4 BB/9. Per Gelb, the Phils are interested in getting a look at the right-hander while also helping to fill innings down the stretch.