The Phillies made some roster changes before Monday's night game against the Colorado Rockies.
Just 2½ weeks after starting at third base on opening day, rookie Bryson Stott was sent to Triple A Lehigh Valley.
In a corresponding move, the team added veteran outfielder Roman Quinn to the big-league roster. He had been playing at Triple A on a minor-league deal.
The decision to send Stott to Triple A was finalized when Didi Gregorius was cleared for action before Monday night's game. Gregorius had not played since being hit on the left hand by a pitch Tuesday in Colorado.
With Gregorius cleared to play, Phillies officials felt they had enough infield depth to send Stott to the minors for some much-needed playing time.
Stott had received just one at-bat over the past week and was in the throes of an 0-for-18 skid.
The Phillies still view Stott as their shortstop of the future. At 24, he needs developmental reps and he's not going to get them sitting on the bench.
"There's a balancing act between development and major-league wins," general manager Sam Fuld said. "We felt at this point it was a good time to get him to Lehigh Valley so he could get reps and continue his development."
Stott was a spring-training standout. When Alec Bohm struggled in camp, the Phillies gave Stott a look at third base and he seized the job.
However, over the last week or so, Bohm has come on strong at the big-league level and regained the third base position. Johan Camargo has also played well at third and at shortstop, filling in for Gregorius. All this has coincided with Stott's struggles at the plate.
"Didi, Camargo and Bohm have created this by playing well," Fuld said.
Stott had just 4 hits in 30 at-bats and struck out 10 times while walking just once.
"We think he will benefit from this in the long run," Fuld said. "He earned his spot on the team. No one wants to get sent out, but he understands it. We told him to stay ready because he could be called on at any point."
Quinn is a former second-round pick (2011) of the Phillies who spent parts of five seasons with the club in the majors. Throughout his career, the 28-year-old switch-hitter has battled an array of injuries. An Achilles tear ended his season last May and he became a free agent in the fall. He signed a minor-league deal with the Miami Marlins over the winter but did not make that club out of spring training. He signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies shortly after that.
Fuld said Quinn would be valuable late in games as a pinch-hitter, pinch-runner or defensive replacement at any outfield position. He could conceivably push Odubel Herrera and Matt Vierling for regular work in center field.
The Phillies continue to carry 28 players but that number must be cut down to 26 in a week. Girardi said the Phils would go with 13 position players and 13 pitchers after that. They currently have 15 pitchers and 13 position players.
To make room for Quinn on the 40-man roster, the Phillies transferred reliever Ryan Sherriff to the 60-day injured list.
Though healthy, Gregorius did not start at shortstop against the Rockies on Monday night. Camargo started at shortstop and Bohm, hitting .355 with nine RBIs, was back at third.
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