AUGUST 25: Philadelphia announced that Bonifacio has cleared waivers and been sent outright to Lehigh Valley. As a player who has previously been outrighted in his career, he has the right to reject the assignment in favor of free agency.
AUGUST 24: The Phillies announced Tuesday that they’ve reinstated infielder Freddy Galvis from the 10-day injured list, reinstated righty Sam Coonrod from the 60-day injured list, and designated outfielder Jorge Bonifacio for assignment. The Phils also optioned right-hander Enyel De Los Santos to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Galvis, 31, will return to his original organization for the first time since 2017. The Phillies acquired him in a deadline swap that sent minor league righty Tyler Burch to the Orioles, knowing at the time that he’d need several more weeks to finish rehabbing a quadriceps injury.
Galvis has yet to appear for the Phillies in 2021 but was batting .249/.306/.414 with nine home runs through 274 plate appearances at the time of his IL placement in Baltimore. His work with the Orioles was rather typical for Galvis: low batting average and on-base numbers with solid power and defensive marks at shortstop. He’ll give the Phillies an option to bounce around between shortstop, second base and third base as well as a bit of speed and power off the bench.
The 28-year-old Bonifacio was only just selected to the MLB roster a couple days back. He appeared in two games and went 0-for-3, but Bonifacio has enjoyed a big season between Double-A and Triple-A. In a combined 293 minor league plate appearances this season, the former Royals slugger has posted a .273/.372/.546 batting line with 15 home runs, 19 doubles, a pair of triples and four stolen bases (in six tries). Bonifacio is a lifetime .243/.313/.396 hitter in 810 Major League plate appearances.