When a veteran reliever, who was figured on to be a candidate to close games for your team not only falls out of the list of closer candidates, but winds up with a 6.30 ERA well into the season, odds are that he's not going to be around very long. Such was the case with Andrew Bailey, who was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Tuesday. Bailey immediately comes off of the Phillies 25 and 40-man rosters and the team has 10 days to trade him or release him. If he clears waivers, the Phillies could assign him to Lehigh Valley, but Bailey could also elect to become a free agent.
To take Bailey's roster spot, the Phillies recalled right-hander Luis Garcia, who had recently taken over as the IronPigs closer after the release of Edward Mujica. With Lehigh Valley this season, Garcia was 6-3 with a 2.58 ERA and seven saves in nine opportunities. Six of the nine save opportunities have come since Mujica left the team immediately following the Triple-A All-Star Game. Garcia converted all six of those opportunities.
Garcia has pitched in two games with the Phillies this season, throwing a scoreless inning in his first outing against Milwaukee in April and then surrendering two runs in two innings of work against Washington in June. Overall, Garcia is 6-7 with a 3.99 ERA in 111 games, all with the Phillies in his major league career.
The Phillies had signed Bailey as a free agent following the 2015 season, which he spent with the New York Yankees, posting a 5.29 ERA in 10 games. Bailey missed the 2014 season with an injury.
To fill Garcia's spot at Lehigh Valley, the Phillies reassigned left-hander Joely Rodriguez to the IronPigs from Reading. Lehigh Valley, who had been playing with a 24-man roster, also received infielder Carlos Alonso from Double-A Reading. The dominoes continued to fall with Reading getting Victor Arano from Clearwater to take Rodriguez' spot and the Threshers getting Luke Leftwich from Lakewood.