Transactions: The Phillies purchased the contract of J.D. Durbin from Triple-A Ottawa and optioned RHP Yoel Hernandez to Triple-A; transferred RHP Scott Mathieson from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list; Placed OF Jayson Werth on the 15-day disabled list and recalled C/INF Chris Coste from Double-A Reading.
Notes: The Mathieson move was done to clear space on the 40-man roster. According to the Phillies, Werth’s wrist injury is unrelated to his previous wrist injury. Coste was hitting .287 with five homers and a .472 slugging percentage for Double-A Reading and was 2-for-6 in his earlier call-up. Hernandez departs with a 5.04 ERA in 14 1-3 innings. This is the move I would have guessed, but it’s not the one I would have made. He struggled his last two outings, but looked decent enough in previous appearances. Werth was hitting .233 with three homers and a .686 OPS in scattered playing time.
As for Werth, the Phillies say the wrist injury is unrelated to his past problems. This season has taught me not to believe team statements about player health, so forgive me for not buying it. Another off-season acquisition bites the dust. Werth has made virtually no difference at all, did not look fully recovered, so no one should be saddened by this from a fan perspective. On a personal level, his ongoing wrist issues have ruined a promising career. It's a shame.