(This post has been on ice since yesterday, waiting for official roster information and the corresponding move to be announced, along with uniform number. Infante will wear #23.)
LHP Elvis Araujo from IronPigs to Phillies
RHP Gregory Infante added from Extended Spring Training
What It Means:
As the rule-5 Stumpf gets suspended, it does take a guy out of the mix that perhaps the Phillies thought was a usable piece; however, he did not perform as well as hoped, and perhaps only had the MLB roster spot due to his rule-5 status. He’s not exactly young, though, and I’m not sure if we’ll see the Phillies keep him around after his 80-day suspension is up.
For the IronPigs, it means the loss of one of our better relievers (of course). I do expect relievers to move around a ton this season, so we could see Elvis return to the building as he has options–although I wouldn’t count on it. His roster spot has been taken by Infante, who has bounced between AA and AAA since 2011, and has 5 MLB appearances. He was a mid-season IL All Star with Buffalo last season, posting a 2.77 ERA over 45 appearances. He was stashed in EST for just this type of circumstance.
See you at the park,