Blue Jays outfielder Bradley Zimmer claimed off waivers by Phillies

Toronto Blue Jays' Bradley Zimmer gestures toward the dugout after hitting a stand-up double in the fifth inning of an Interleague League baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Toronto on Friday, May 20, 2022. (Jon Blacker/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The Philadelphia Phillies have claimed outfielder Bradley Zimmer off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Zimmer was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays in order to make room for George Springer to come off the injured list.

Zimmer was never able to make an impact beyond as a defensive replacement this season and his role was further limited by the addition of free-agent Jackie Bradley Jr. last week. The 29-year-old Zimmer was brought in to provide some depth as a left-handed bat and appeared in 77 games, hitting .105/.209/.237.

The Blue Jays outfield, now healthy, consists of Springer, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Teoscar Hernandez and Bradley, Jr., with Whit Merrifield and Cavan Biggio available as platoon options.

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