Phillies to activate Nava, promote Ramos, demote Perkins and Anderson

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 17: Edubray Ramos #61 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the seventh inning during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park on June 17, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Diamondbacks won 5-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 17: Edubray Ramos #61 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch in the seventh inning during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park on June 17, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Diamondbacks won 5-1. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /
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The Phillies demoted Cameron Perkins and Drew Anderson to the minors. They are expected to add Daniel Nava and Edubray Ramos to the major-league roster.

After Tuesday’s loss to the Angels, the Phillies optioned Drew Anderson, who they just promoted before the game, and Cameron Perkins back to the minor-leagues. Andreson will return to Double-A while Perkins is heading back to Triple-A.

In a corresponding move, Matt Gelb of Philly.com reports that the team is expected to activate Daniel Nava from the disabled list and promote Edubray Ramos back to the majors from Triple-A.

Nava was placed on the disabled list July 26 due to a hamstring strain, the move was retroactive to July 23, so Wednesday is the first day Nava is eligible to be activated.

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Nava’s return to the roster presents a conundrum for the team. They want to see if they can trade him in August if he can clear trade waivers as he has been a solid hitter this season. The problem is that their current starting outfield corps of Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera, and Nick Williams are all insanely hot at the plate. To get Nava playing time, they have to take one of these players out of the lineup. They could use him as the DH in this Angels series and first base when it is over.

Ramos was optioned to Triple-A June 26 after struggling to start off the season. He struck out 11.03 batters per nine but also walked 6.39 per nine and had a 5.52 ERA in 35 games. There may be some hope for Ramos this time around as he had a 1.54 ERA and walked just 3.09 nine in 10 outings.

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Anderson got to make his major-league debut against the Angels. He gave up two runs, but one was unearned, scoring on a throwing error by catcher Andrew Knapp. He did end his debut on a foul-tip of strikeout of perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout, which is a story he will always remember.

Perkins made his debut with the team June 20 after being promoted from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He hasn’t stood out in limited playing time. He has a meager .553 OPS with just 12 hits in 58 at-bats. He has driven in five runs, striking out 16 times and walking four times in 65 plate appearances.

He will go back to Triple-A and probably get more consistent playing time in their outfield.

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That concludes today’s episode of Phillies Roster Moves. Check back next time for another riveting edition.

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