Last night Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported that Ryan Zimmerman could return from the disabled list as soon as Tuesday and today he confirmed it via team source, writing: “Now it’s definite.”
Zimmerman, who’s been out since mid-April with an abdominal injury that required surgery, went 8-for-21 (.381) with four extra-base hits and a 1.054 OPS while rehabbing in the minors.
He was off to a great start prior to the injury, hitting .357 with a 1.022 OPS through eight games, but Jerry Hairston Jr. and Alex Cora have struggled to replace him at third base, combining to hit just .255 with two homers and a .648 OPS since April 10.
Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.
Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.
Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.