The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports the Phillies have taken outfielder Tyson Gillies off the 40-man roster to make room for infielder Ronny Cedeno, who was called up on Friday. Gillies cleared waivers and remains with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.
Gillies, 25, has been a disappointment since being acquired along with Phillippe Aumont and J.C. Rairez in December 2010 in the deal that sent Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners. In 37 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, Gillies is batting .217/.281/.304 with two home runs and 10 RBIs to go along with three steals in five attempts.
Gillies has been limited by injuries since he arrived in Philadelphia which has hurt his speed, one of his calling-cards at the time of the trade. Off the field as also been an issue for the Canadian centerfielder. He has been disciplined twice by the team in his tenure for an outburst at a bus driver in 2012 and this April for damaging a wall and a bat rack outside the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs clubhouse after going 0-for-5. As recently as June 3rd he was involved in a shouting match with his Lehigh Valley coaches.
He was also arrested and charged with felony cocaine possession in June 2010 but the charges were later dropped.
Considering Ramirez isn't with the Phillies organization and Aumont isn't effective and, reportedly, won't make adjustments the coaches tell him, Gillies is one of the last shots the Phillies have to salvage the doomed Lee trade. It hasn't worked out to this point and Gillies doesn't look like a guy you can hang your hat on to get the job done.
What a mess.
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