Hours before tonight's midnight deadline to add players eligible for the post-season, the Phillies made a minor roster move, designating infielder Brad Harman for assignment and purchasing the contract of right-hander John Ennis, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.
As Todd Zolecki of Phillies.com explains, the move to swap out Harman for Ennis on the 40-man serves as a placeholder that would allow the Phillies to add any player in the organization as of Aug. 31 to the postseason roster. Since Ennis will be a non-factor, the bigger story for now is the DFA of Harman, who was once considered a promising infield talent, but struggled mightily in his second full season in Double-A Reading, hitting .203/.272/.313 with five homers and no stolen bases all while playing second base. The 23-year-old Aussie earned a cup of coffee with the Phils early last season and poked an RBI double in 11 plate appearances, spending the rest of the season in Reading, where he hit .210 and struck out 138 times. His glove and age should keep his professional career going, but his bat makes him an extreme longshot to make it back to the Majors. The Phillies have 10 days to trade him, release him, or put him on waivers. If he clears, he can be outrighted to one of their farm teams.
In other news, after placing Kyle Drabek on the inactive list today, the Phils promoted right-hander Michael
Schwimer from Clearwater to Reading.