Mercado seems a run of the mill 5th OF these days:
Damon Jones to the 60-day IL to clear a 40-man spot. Nothing on the 26-man roster yet. Right-handed OF. Wonder if they go with 6 OF now and drop the extra infielder (Munoz since Camargo is back). This tweet from the Phillies suggests he is going to the big club immediately.
To make room on the 40-man roster, LHP Damon Jones was recalled from Lehigh Valley (AAA) and placed on the 60-day injured list with a left shoulder impingement. A corresponding 26-man roster move will be made when Mercado reports.— Philadelphia Phillies (
) June 27, 2022
This also suggests they could do the same with Crouse the next time we need a 40-man spot. Even if Crouse is ready to pitch they could do a 30-day rehab clock to string it along. We'll have 60 players on the 40 by the end of this season.
More on Mercado here:
Interesting athlete. Good speed. Good top exit velocity but poor average velocity. Disappointing recent years but still has good platoon stats against left-handed pitching. Guessing they are going with 2 platoons: (Vierling/Herrera, Mercado/Moniak) for the time being and will reassess in a couple of weeks. Seems a decent pickup on a waiver claim if you need immediate help, though unlikely to stick long term.