With a portion of the season gone now, it's time for teams to do some roster trimming and shaking. The Phillies made a series of moves on Monday that resulted in J.P. Arencibia and Alfredo Marte being released from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
The news of Arencibia's release is slightly surprising, since he was seen as a potential call-up if Cameron Rupp needed to go on the DL after a collision at the plate Saturday night. Rupp was to be re-examined this morning in Philadelphia and reports had manager Pete Mackanin stating that if he was going to be out longer than a day or two, the Phillies would likely bring up a back-up catcher from the minors. The results of Rupp's examination aren't known, but according to a Tweet from Arencibia, he asked for his release to allow him to find another opportunity.
Arencibia wasn't getting much playing time behind catching prospect Andrew Knapp. The 30-year old had played in just 12 games, hitting .167 in 48 at-bats with Lehigh Valley this season. Arencibia has four years of service time in the majors with Toronto and Texas.
Marte's release comes as the direct result of outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf joining the IronPigs. Ruf was optioned out on Friday when Tommy Joseph had his contract purchased by the Phillies. Ruf was officially added to the IronPigs roster on Monday. With five other outfielders on the roster, plus Ruf needing occasional time in the outfield, Marte was deemed expendable by the Phillies.
Marte has played in parts of the last three seasons with Arizona and the Los Angeles Angels, hitting .181 in 71 major league games. Like Arencibia, Marte wasn't getting much playing time with Lehigh Valley, having played in just 10 games, getting 31 at-bats and hitting .161 with the 'Pigs. Before joining Lehigh Valley, Marte played in two games with Norfolk and went 0-for-5.
To take Arencibia's spot on the roster, Logan Moore was moved from Double-A Reading to Lehigh Valley. In a corresponding move, catcher Joel Fisher goes from extended camp to Reading to take Moore's spot. The Phillies also reassigned pitcher Yacksel Rios to Clearwater and brought reliever Joely Rodriguez back to the Fightins from the Threshers, where he had been since April 29.
Rodriguez was 0-0 with a 4.26 ERA in six appearances with Reading prior to being demoted and had three saves and 8 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just one walk, three hits and an opponent's batting average of .107 in seven games. Rodriguez also struck out 10 batters. Rios opened the season with the Fightins and was 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA in 12 relief appearances and one start for Reading. He has allowed 14 walks and struck out 21 in 17 2/3 innings of work at Double-A this season.