8/31/2014 8:26 P.M. ET
Phillies release veteran right-hander Marquis
By Jake Kring-Schreifels / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- The Phillies announced Sunday morning that they released veteran right-hander Jason Marquis from the organization after signing him in early June.
The 36-year-old made eight starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, posting a 4.56 ERA over 47 1/3 innings, but was placed on the Minor League disabled list with an oblique injury in the middle of his return campaign. His last start came Friday, when he allowed five runs over 6 2/3 innings, earning him his last victory for the IronPigs.
Marquis was signed to provide pitching depth at a time when the Phillies had lost Cliff Lee, Jonathon Pettibone, and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to the disabled list back in June.
Marquis went 9-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 20 starts last season with the Padres before undergoing Tommy John surgery in July. He is 121-114 with a 4.56 ERA in 368 appearances (309 starts) over a 14-year big league career.
Phils' callups could include Franco, Gonzalez
NEW YORK -- The Phillies likely won't be welcoming or parting with any Major League players before Sunday's waiver deadline. But on Monday, when the roster can expand up to 40 players, some young new faces will give the Phillies a partial glimpse into the future.
Presumably, one of those faces will be Triple-A infielder Maikel Franco, the club's No. 3 prospect and most promising hitter on the farm. Franco, 22, has posted 16 home runs and 78 RBIs for Lehigh Valley this season, and he can play either first base or third base, potentially spelling Ryan Howard or Cody Asche.
Franco was a June callup to Double-A Reading in 2013, when he flourished for the latter half of the year, posting a slash line of .339/.363/.563 and finishing the year with 36 doubles, 31 home runs and 103 RBIs.
The Phillies should be excited considering he has figured things out this season at Triple-A and will be riding some momentum if he's called up. After a slow start -- hitting .184 in Spring Training and sputtering in April -- he's hit .332 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs in 52 games since July 2.
One of the more intriguing callups will likely be Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, who signed for $12 million last summer.
Gonzalez was originally projected to be a back-of-the-rotation starter, but the Phillies have since turned him into a reliever, and the righty has been very strong at Triple-A, posting a 1.62 ERA in 12 appearances, allowing three earned runs in 16 2/3 innings.
It's a strong sign considering Gonzalez -- who was injured earlier in the season -- started with a bloated 4.70 ERA with Class A Advanced Clearwater but has dropped it with each successful promotion.
The IronPigs finish their season Monday in Scranton, so if Franco and/or Gonzalez play in the finale, they could join the team Tuesday in Atlanta.
• Center fielder Ben Revere became the 12th player in Phillies history with 40 or more stolen bases in a single season with his steal of second base Sunday, and the first since Jimmy Rollins in 2008 (47).
• Rollins collected his 657th career multihit game Sunday, tying Richie Ashburn for the Phillies' franchise record.
Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.