Phillies remove 4 players (3 relievers) from roster


The Phillies have begun the process of pruning their 40-man roster in preparation for the offseason.

Relievers Adam Morgan, Heath Hembree and Blake Parker and utilityman Phil Gosselin have all been placed on outright waivers, a move that takes them off the 40-man roster. All four players are expected to clear waivers and have enough service time to reject assignment to the minor leagues and become free agents once they do.

Morgan is the longest-tenured Phillie of the group. He was the team's third-round draft pick in 2011 and worked as a starter and a reliever with the club. He had flexor repair surgery on his left elbow earlier this month.

Hembree joined the Phillies in a trade from Boston this summer and pitched poorly before ending up on the injured list.

Parker and Gosselin both spent time with the Phillies in 2019, were outrighted off the roster after the season, became free agents and signed minor-league contracts with the club later in the offseason. That remains a possibility again this offseason.

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