Jay Bruce

Bruce activated from the IL, Haseley optioned to Lehigh Valley

The Phillies activated outfielder Jay Bruce from the IL Thursday and didn’t waste any time getting him into the lineup, inserting him in left field and batting fifth in the lineup. Bruce missed three weeks with a strained right oblique. To clear a spot on the 25-man roster, Adam Haseley was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Bruce was acquired from Seattle on June 21st for minor leaguer Jake Scheiner. In 33 games with the Phillies, Bruce produced a slash line of 10-29-.256/.273/.564.

Since Bruce went on the DL, the Phillies acquired another left-handed hitting outfielder in Corey Dickerson. Dickerson could see some time playing in center field, especially against right-handed pitchers. Roman Quinn, a switch-hitter, will likely play against left-handed pitchers.

Haseley, who made his major league debut with the Phillies on June 4th and played in 24 games. In 89 plate appearances, Haseley hit 3-12-.274/.315/.452 in the majors. The Phillies took Haseley with the eighth overall pick in the 2017 Draft and opened the season with Reading before being promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The IronPigs have benefited from recent moves by the Phillies, adding outfielder Nick Williams and third baseman Maikel Franco in addition to Haseley.

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