For the Phillies, this has been a case of déjà vu but at a different position. In June, the Phillies lost three consecutive second basemen. In August, the Voltigeurs were their Achilles heel. after losing Kyle Schwarber so what Brandon Marsh to an injury, the Phillies had to act and they had to bring in someone from outside the organization to make that happen.
The Phillies have announced they are claiming the outfielder Bradley Zimmer on waiver from the Toronto Blue Jays. Zimmer had been designated for assignment by the Blue Jays. The Phillies made two matching moves to add Zimmer.
First, Marsh was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Marsh was injured Wednesday in Cincinnati trying to steal a home run hit over the fence. After an MRI, the official diagnosis is a left ankle sprain for Marsh. It is currently unclear how long Marsh will need to heal.
To make room on the list of 40 men, Bryce Harper was placed on the 60-day disabled list. That doesn’t change much for Harper, who has already been out for 60 days. This allows for an additional spot in the roster of 40 players at the moment. The Phillies can then find more space on the 40-man roster after Harper returns.
One way they could do another spot is a technique they’ve used twice before. The Phillies could promote Simon Muzziotti then immediately place him on the 60-day disabled list. They would have to pay him a major league salary, but that would clear a space.
Muzziotti was not a stopgap solution now as he is also injured and out for the season.
Zimmer is a left-handed central defender. He’s batting just .105 on the season in 76 at bats. Zimmer’s main tools are his defense and his speed. So while the Phillies are down to Schwarber (who will likely return this weekend as a designated hitter) and down to Marsh, Zimmer can play center field.
The Phillies played in the infield Nick Maton and receiver Garrett Stubbs in left field the past few days. It made more sense to let both players heal appropriately than to keep them in the outfield.