As expected, the Phillies have activated centerfielder Shane Victorino. And to make room they have sent reserve outfielder John Mayberry Jr. down to Triple-A.
Myaberry may not have been hitting, but it’s still a little puzzling that he was sent packing. For the season, Mayberry is only hitting .231 with three homers, 12 RBIs, and a pretty terrible OPS of .682. Those numbers aside, Mayberry plays solid defense and runs the bases well.
And it’s not like the rest of the lineup is setting the world on fire. Look at Ben Francisco, who is hitting .224 with six homers, 25 RBIs, and a not much better OPS of .722. Of course, Francisco is probably making at least double what Mayberry is so that answers that.
Then there’s Michael Martinez, the 28 year-old Rule 5 guy who at this point has shown he doesn’t belong in the majors. He’s hitting .184 with no homers, three RBIs, and a hard-to-believe-it’s-so-low OPS of .416. Terrible.
And really, if they want to continue their Ed Wade-esque infatuation with Martinez, they could have still kept Mayberry up by sending Ross Gload to the disabled list. At least for now while they continue to decide how to move forward (read: get over the Martinez love). Gload is dealing with a hip labrum injury and is pretty much worthless right now.
At least they didn’t send Domonic Brown down.
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