When the Phillies claimed outfielder Casper Wells off waivers Thursday, they opted to hold off on making the roster move until they headed to Washington to open up a road series with the Nationals on Friday.
The time has come and the Phillies have made their move. Wells has been added to the club's active roster, while Delmon Young has been designated for assignment to make room.
Young was signed to a one-year, $750,000 deal in the offseason, with the expectation that he could be the team's everyday rightfielder. The deal also included incentives that could make his contract worth a total of $2.75 million, provided Young was able to keep his weight in check.
The Philies' outfield has been lacking on the defensive side of the ball in 2013 and Young hasn't helped make the situation any better.
Young has played 80 games for the Phillies this season, hitting .261 with eight home runs, 31 RBIs and a .699 on-base plus slugging percentage.
He is hitting .200 in August, with four hits and a home run in 20 at-bats. He has been struck out nine times in the last seven games.
Young is the second outfielder that the Phillies have designated for assignment in the past week. Laynce Nix was DFA'd in order to make room on the roster for Domonic Brown, who was ready to come off the seven-day concussion disabled list.
The Phillies have been giving Darin Ruf time in right to see if he can play consistently in the outfield. While the Phillies are trying to see what they have in Ruf in terms of defense, their experiment doesn't leave much room for Young, which could very well be one of the factors in the roster move.
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