Phils DFA Rupp, add RHP Drew Hutchison to roster

The Phillies this morning selected the contract of RHP Drew Hutchison. To make room for him on the roster, they designated catcher Cameron Rupp for assignment.

Hutchison, who was trying to make a comeback to the majors with the Phillies, has had a great spring with the club and has certainly earned his spot on the roster. In 6 games this spring (3 starts) the righty has gone 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in 19.2 innings of work. He’s allowed 8 walks to 17 strikeouts and opponents have hit .171 against him.

By adding Hutchison to the roster, the Phillies can open up the season utilizing him either as a long-man out of the bullpen, or as a starter in the rotation. Manager Gabe Kapler has not yet made clear what role Hutchison will be going to play to start the 2018 campaign. One thing is for sure: he made the team.

It seems to be the end of the line for catcher Cameron Rupp in a Phillies uniform, on the other hand, as the team designated him for assignment in order to make room for Hutchison. The long-time Phils backstop in 37 at-bats this spring hit just .189 with 18 strikeouts.

Rupp has played in 296 games in his big- league career (all with the Phillies) and hit .234 with 39 homers and 124 RBIs in that span.

With Rupp getting cut, it looks like Andrew Knapp will be winning the clubs backup catchers job, with Jorge Alfaro being the teams number one.

Texas Rangers beat writer TR Sullivan tweeted that Rupp’s name has been mentioned in Rangers camp, but “mixed opinions” have been shared on the veteran backstop. There’s no question he will latch on with another club and be a valuable backup.

Written By: Seamus Doyle

@saintseamus @PHIToughSports

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