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Cam Perkins (R) Headshot

Perkins was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.

In an effort to make room for Drew Anderson on their roster, the Phillies are sending Perkins back to Lehigh Valley. Perkins hasn't been an intriguing fantasy option this season, as he owns a .177 batting average and .480 OPS.
3:22 pm (EST)
Donnel Pumphrey Headshot

Pumphrey has been struggling at practice, Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice reports.

There was some talk about Pumphrey entering Week 1 with a significant role when he got snaps with the first-team offense during the offseason program and into the first few days of training camp. It increasingly seems the rookie is merely being groomed as the successor to Darren Sproles, with Pumphrey's 2017 involvement largely dependent on his mentor's ability to stay healthy. Given that he won't contribute on special teams unless he wins a return job, Pumphrey could be a gameday inactive to start the season. Philadelphia might also stash him on injured reserve, though he seems to be healthy at the moment.
3:21 pm (EST)
Drew Anderson (R) Headshot

Anderson was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.

Anderson was promoted to Triple-A on Tuesday, but is headed up to the big club without having pitched an inning for Lehigh Valley. Anderson has started 21 games at Double-A Reading this season, during which he's notched a 3.59 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. However, the Phillies may opt to use Anderson from the bullpen in order to ease him into the majors. In a corresponding move, Cameron Perkins was optioned to Lehigh Valley.
3:17 pm (EST)
Miguel Montero (L) Headshot

Montero is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

Montero will head to the bench following two straight starts behind the plate as Raffy Lopez draws the assignment. Since coming off the DL (groin) on Aug. 16, Montero has gone 4-for-16 with one home run and two RBI, and will continue to see a majority of the starts while Russell Martin recovers from an oblique injury.
3:17 pm (EST)
Steve Pearce (R) Headshot

Pearce will bat at the top of the order Wednesday against the Rays, Roger Mooney of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

This marks the second time all season that Pearce will bat in the leadoff position for Toronto, the first coming in April. He's been tearing it up at the plate as of late, hitting .318/.404/.523 since Aug. 8. Pearce continues to earn everyday starts out in left field, and could see more time at the beginning of the order while manager John Gibbons tinkers with his lineup.
3:14 pm (EST)
Edgar Santana (R) Headshot

Santana was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.

With Angel Sanchez headed to the majors, Santana is returning to Indianapolis just a day after being recalled. He pitched two innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday and gave up two runs, which brought his ERA up to 6.52 for the season.
3:09 pm (EST)
Samaje Perine Headshot

While he's happy about Perine's growth, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday that he still has full confidence in Rob Kelley and is excited about having the second-year player as his starting running back,Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.

Gruden seems to be shutting down any notion of a true job battle, after Perine's impressive showing in Saturday 's exhibition against the Packers reinvigorated the hype surrounding the rookie. Perine did well to gain 45 yards on eight carries and 29 yards on one target, but his prior preseason outing was a complete disaster that included a dropped pass, a fumble, issues in pass protection and a 6-15-0 rushing line. He still has time to push for a significant role early in the year, but the Week 1 starting gig may already be out of the question.
3:06 pm (EST)
Bradley Zimmer (L) Headshot

Zimmer is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Zimmer will head back to the bench for the fifth time in the past nine games while trying to right himself out of a month-long slump. In his place, Austin Jackson draws the assignment in center field while batting second.
3:01 pm (EST)
Wallace Gilberry Headshot

Gilberry is at risk of getting cut before the start of the season, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Bengals loaded up on the defensive line in the draft the last two years, and Gilberry hasn't been all that productive in the pass rush. The team already cut Brandon Thompson (who subsequently signed with the Browns), but another veteran DL could still be on the chopping block.
3:00 pm (EST)
Robert Kelley Headshot

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday that he has full confidence in Rob Kelley and is excited about having him as the starter, Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.

Samaje Perine's big preseason outing over the weekend may have reinvigorated the discussion regarding Washington's backfield, but Gruden's comments suggest Kelley is secure in his role as the Week 1 starter. That doesn't mean Perine won't also be heavily involved, nor does it mean Kelley will be immune to eventually losing the starting job. Gruden just doesn't seem to view it as a true job battle, which means Perine will need to continue his strong work in practice and preseason games if he's going to open the season with a significant share of the rushing workload. Passing-down specialist Chris Thompson will also be heavily involved, particularly when the Redskins can't establish the run and/or are forced into catch-up mode.
2:59 pm (EST)
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