Cedric Hunter and David Lough both had good springs, and Lough was among the last cuts made by the Phillies in Spring Training. The bad news for Hunter is that after 13 regular season games, he was hitting just .088 (3-for-34) with the Phillies. Hunter isn't the only outfielder struggling at the plate, so the Phillies decided to make a change in hopes of finding at least some production from their corner outfield spots. Enter Lough, who was hitting .280 (7-for-25) in six games with the IronPigs. Hunter was optioned to Lehigh Valley, while Lough, who was not on the 40-man roster, had his contract purchased from Lehigh Valley in order to join the Phillies.
Lough has played parts of the past four seasons in the majors with Kansas City (2012-2013) and Baltimore (2014-2015). Coming into the season, he is a career .255 hitter in 312 major league games.
Hunter had also played in the majors, but not since 2011 when he was a member of the San Diego Padres. That season, Hunter opened the year on the San Diego roster, but played in just six games before being optioned out when he was hitting .250 (1-for-4) on the season. Hunter was teammates with Will Venable in San Diego and is reunited with the veteran outfielder, who is on the Lehigh Valley roster. Hunter hit .262 this spring with the Phillies with five doubles, a triple and three home runs. The 28-year old started in left field on Opening Day for the Phillies in Cincinnati.
Lough also started for Lehigh Valley on their Opening Day, playing center field. He had no home runs and two RBI for the IronPigs and sported a .308 on-base percentage and .320 slugging percentage.