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Phillies release Cameron Rupp

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The Phillies have released catcher Cameron Rupp, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. The club had designated him for assignment on Sunday, which meant Andrew Knapp won the contest to back up Jorge Alfaro.

Rupp, 29, hit a disappointing .189 in 41 plate appearances this spring in Grapefruit League play. He’s been lackluster at the plate over parts of five seasons in the majors, owning a career .705 OPS. Rupp also doesn’t receive high marks for defense and framing.

In releasing Rupp, the Phillies are only on the hook for about one-fourth of his $2.05 million salary for the 2018 season, effectively saving them about $1.5 million.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.