Phillies release Cust from Lehigh Valley

Jack Cust, a major-league veteran, was released from Lehigh Valley after playingsix games with the IronPigs.
Jack Cust, a major-league veteran, was released from Lehigh Valley after playingsix games with the IronPigs.
Posted: August 21, 2011

For the second time in a month, Jack Cust was released by a major-league club when the Phillies cut their ties with the outfielder on Saturday.

In six games with Lehigh Valley, Cust hit .250 with a home run and two RBIs in 20 at-bats. Believed to be an option for the Phillies as a lefthanded bat off the bench, Cust was signed to a minor-league contract a week after being released by Seattle on Aug. 4.

A native of Flemington, N.J., the 32-year-old said he enjoyed the opportunity to play close to home. And live at home. It was the first time he was able to live at his own home during the season, he said.

"It's a nice place to play, Allentown here," Cust said. "Makes it a lot easier being able to stay close to home."

In 67 games this season with the Mariners, Cust played exclusively as a designated hitter, driving in 23 runs with just three home runs to go along with a .213 average. Cust has played across 10 major-league seasons. From 2007 to 2009, he averaged 76 RBIs with Oakland.

Currently, the Phillies' first lefthanded option off the bench is Ross Gload, who has been hampered by injuries and is hitting just .103 since July 1.

With the Phillies atop the National League standings, they find themselves at the bottom of the waiver order. Meaning it's unlikely they'd be able to acquire a solid lefthanded bat without being blocked by other teams. Therefore, a move likely would come internally, and the top option would be 27-year-old Brandon Moss.

Moss' five-game streak of multihit games was broken Thursday, a day after he received a shipment of two-dozen bats at the IronPigs clubhouse. The Inquirer reported last week that the Phillies may promote Moss to the majors.


Contact staff writer Matt Breen at mbreen@phillynews.com or @matt_breen on Twitter.

 


 

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