Robles, Abreu Headed to Lehigh Valley, Gonzalez to Reading – Phillies Nation

Robles, Abreu Headed to Lehigh Valley, Gonzalez to Reading to the IronPigs’ Director of Media Relations Matt Provence, LHP Mauricio Robles and INF Miguel Abreu are headed to Allentown. Robles, 24, was selected off waivers from Seattle in the offseason and is a member of the 40-man roster. Robles has a 2.77 ERA with 37 Ks in 26 IP for Double-A Reading. Abreu, 28, was hitting .230/.269/.405 with 3 HR for the Reading Fightins. Abreu has played all infield positions except for catcher this year and has experience in the outfield.

In a corresponding move, LHP Bobby Bramhall was assigned to Reading. Bramhall, 27, was quietly signed by the Phillies earlier in the month after being let loose by the Washington Nationals organization. The lefty had a 6.39 ERA in 12.2 IP in long relief work for the Pigs.

In a separate move reported overnight by MLB Daily Dish, the Phillies signed former White Sox, Indians, and Marlins infielder Andy Gonzalez to a minor league deal. Gonzalez, according to Anthony Burkhart of the Republican-Herald, will report to the Reading Fightins. Gonzalez, 31, was a former fifth-round pick of the White Sox in 2001. He appeared at every position in the field except for catcher in 2007 with the White Sox and has a career Major League line of .182/.281/.258. He last played for the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League earlier in 2013 where he hit .273/.337/.312 in 86 PA.



  1. Cs

    May 31, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Robles should be sent to Philly and Durbin DFA’ed, as well as horst with Jiminez added to the majors.

  2. c. schreiber

    May 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Andy Gonzalez is MiniMart II. Please we have too many of these “no hit” infielders. Stop it Rube.

  3. pamikedc

    May 31, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    DURBIN released ???? Savery recalled

    • Lefty

      May 31, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      There is a god.

  4. Brooks

    May 31, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I’m not sure if I want to skip, dance and whistle to the tune of “Ding dong the witch is dead…”
    Or just go have a celebratory drink – I think the later – goodbye Chad – although I really was starting to think that Rube was waiting to see if his ERA was going to hit 10 or higher

    • G7

      May 31, 2013 at 3:35 pm


  5. bacardipr

    May 31, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    c. schreiber looks like it that was my initial thought.

  6. Dave

    May 31, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Put Martinez in his suitcase!

  7. Manny

    May 31, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    FINALLY! And they brought up Savery, which is a good move since we needed a long-man we could throw out there for multiple innings when there’s a blowout.

  8. bacardipr

    May 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Fine as long as you ok with said blowout turning into a massacre Manny lol.

    • Manny

      May 31, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      I mean, wasn’t Durbin doing that already? Savery can at least pitch more than 1 or 2 innings if needed. Saves the good arms for the closer games.

  9. Ken Bland

    May 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I don’t find the Durbin story worth getting excited about as the primary reaction. I understand it, and feel like he had his chances, and it’s a good move, but what I find a little interesting is how the market treats him compared to Qualls last year.

    Chad had more lives than take your pick of cats.

    I suspect he’s not out of work long. And if he does better the rest of the way, THEN I might have the zealous reaction others appear to have by finsing it aggravating that he didn’t get it done here.

    But we’ll see if he does even get it going. Time was up in these parts, no doubt.

  10. Bob D

    June 1, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Robles has been throwing well this year with more than a K per inning. If Horst doesn’t improve he maybe sent packing – but he has improved some recently.

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