Phillies Notebook: Phillies release Gillies

Posted: June 24, 2014

ST. LOUIS - One of the most disappointing prospects in recent Phillies history departed the organization yesterday as the club announced it had released 25-year-old centerfielder Tyson Gillies.

One of three players acquired from the Mariners in the trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Mariners in December 2009, Gillies played in just 265 games in his 4 1/2 years in the Phillies, all in the minor leagues. He spent most of that stretch hampered by hamstring injuries and off-the-field issues, including a 2010 arrest for cocaine possession.

Gillies raised some hope with a decent 2012 in which he hit .304/.369/.453 in 311 plate appearances at Double A Reading, but in 414 plate appearances at Triple A Lehigh Valley he hit just .217/.279/.303 with 99 strikeouts. He was removed from the 40-man roster earlier this month.

With Gillies' departure, the legacy of the disastrous Lee deal rests solely with righthander Phillippe Aumont, who allowed four runs in a pair of outings for the Philliers earlier this month in his latest attempt to stick on the big-league roster.

Aumont has eight strikeouts, one walk and three runs in 7 2/3 innings since returning to Triple A Lehigh Valley. In 42 appearances with the Phillies in his career, he has walked an average of 6.1 batters per nine innings to go with his 4.79 ERA. The third piece of the Lee deal, righthander J.C. Ramirez, reached free agency this offseason after 18 relief appearances in the majors, during which time he posted a 7.50 ERA with 5.6 walks and 2.3 home runs allowed per nine innings.

Asche back

Cody Asche's hamstring appears to be fine, and so does his swing. The 23-year-old third baseman went 2-for-4 with a three-run double in the Phillies' 5-3 loss to the Cardinals yesterday.

The St. Louis-area native also had a hit and scored a run on Saturday. He missed a month with a hamstring injury before returning Friday.

"It was a little bit of a confidence booster to come back and step in and contribute any way that I could," Asche said. "I think you always have a little bit of doubt in your mind if you come off an injury and step onto a team that is playing good baseball. You don't want to step in and be a weak link."

Rosenberg promoted

Righthander B.J. Rosenberg has replaced RHP Ethan Martin on the active roster. Martin has not appeared in a game in more than 2 weeks (June 7).

"He needs to pitch," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "At this end, the starters have been going length, and just not enough work for him in the bullpen. He's just going to stay sharp and pitch."

Phillers

Reliever Ken Giles received a quick visit from the Phillies' training staff after he caught his cleat on the mound during a scoreless eighth inning. Giles was deemed good to go and has now struck out eight with two walks and one run in his first 4 1/3 innings as a major leaguer . . . First-round draft pick Aaron Nola will make his minor league debut today in Clearwater . . . Catcher Cameron Rupp got his fourth big-league start as Wil Nieves continues to recover from a sore quad. Rupp, a 25-year-old who was selected in the third round in 2010, started three games last September in his first stint in the majors . . . Centerfielder Ben Revere made his first start since injuring his knee in a collision with the outfield wall in Turner Field last Monday . . . Marlon Byrd was out of the lineup for just the third time this season. Byrd was hitting .220/.285/.440 with 49 strikeouts in his previous 150 at-bats. He had nine strikeouts in 27 at-bats this road trip, but also two home runs and six singles. Replacement rightfielder John Mayberry Jr. made a nice sprinting/stumbling catch of a would-be blooper by Yadier Molina in the second inning . . . Prior to tonight's game against the Marlins, the Phillies will honor Jimmy Rollins for supplanting Mike Schmidt as the franchise's all-time hits leader. Rollins' 15-game hitting streak was snapped yesterday . . . The Phillies expect Tony Gwynn Jr. to return today or tomorrow after a weeklong absence due to the death of his Hall of Fame father.


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