Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Aaron Altherr replaces grieving Tony Gwynn Jr.

The Phillies placed Tony Gwynn Jr. on the bereavement list and recalled Aaron Altherr from double-A Reading to fill his spot.

Aaron Altherr replaces grieving Tony Gwynn Jr.

Tony Gwynn Jr. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Tony Gwynn Jr. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

ATLANTA — Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. will spend at least three days away from the Phillies as he mourns the death of his father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. The team placed Gwynn Jr. on the bereavement list and recalled Aaron Altherr from double-A Reading to fill his spot.

Gwynn is permitted to spend between three and seven days on the bereavement list.

The Phillies needed an outfielder to replace Gwynn, and Altherr was the only healthy one on the 40-man roster. Darin Ruf, Zach Collier and Kelly Dugan are injured.

Altherr, 23, has not produced at Reading. He hit .245 there with a .293 on-base percentage and .370 slugging percentage in 52 games. He can play all three outfield positions and offers a speed threat from the bench.

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