The Phillies announced that catcher Rafael Marchán has been reinstated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, left-hander Michael Plassmeyer has been released.
Marchán has been on the injured list all year due to a fracture of his hamate bone. He’s now healthy but the club will stick with its catching tandem of J.T. Realmuto and Garrett Stubbs, which squeezes Marchán down to Lehigh Valley for the time being.
But his activation from the IL means that he needs his spot on the 40-man roster again, which has bumped Plassmeyer off his. The lefty was first added to the club’s roster last August and pitched in a couple of games, posting a 3.68 ERA in 7 1/3 innings. He’s been kept in Triple-A this year, tossing 44 innings over 10 starts and one relief appearance. He had a 6.95 ERA in that time and went on the minor league injured list three weeks ago.
Injured players are not permitted to be placed on outright waivers, per MLB rules. The Phillies could have recalled him and placed him on the 60-day injured list at the major league level in order to open a roster spot, but doing so would have meant paying him at major league rates. They seemingly weren’t willing to do that but still wanted the roster spot, so they’ve opted for the release instead.