The Phillies will select the contract of Hans Crouse to start today’s ballgame. In a corresponding move, outfielder Matt Joyce has been designated for assignment, per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb (via Twitter).
The move is an interesting pivot for a Phillies club that can see the postseason within reach. As Gelb notes, Adonis Medina has been preparing to make this start, but the prospect Crouse will get an opportunity instead. Medina could still appear in the game as a follower, however.
Crouse came to the Phillies along with Kyle Gibson in the deadline deal with the Rangers. Crouse has made just one start in Triple-A, but he’ll get the call in one of the most important games of the year. The 23-year-old has a 3.28 ERA over 20 starts between Double-A and Triple-A. He’ll likely have a short leash in his Major League debut.
Joyce has been injured for much of the year, and at this point, his roster spot is better allocated elsewhere. The 37-year-old has been in the Majors since 2008, slashing .242/.342/425 in 1400 career games spanning 14 years.