Hunter was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for Amphetamine, the Atlanta Journal Constitution's David O'Brien reports. He is a free agent, and at 28 years old and with this suspension hanging over him, it is unlikely he receives much interest on the open market.
Hunter has elected free agency. Hunter won a roster spot with the Phillies out of spring training this year, but ended up back in the minors after just 13 games due to a slow start at the plate. He was solid at Triple-A Lehigh Valley where he slashed .294/.324/.433 with 10 home runs in 330 at-bats.
The Phillies outrighted Hunter from the 40-man roster Monday, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. Opening the season with the big club, Hunter mustered just three hits from 34 at-bats before he was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley last Monday. With his 40-man roster spot stripped away, it'll be more difficult to earn his way back to the majors.
Hunter was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports. Hunter got off to a horrific start to the season, batting a putrid .088 in 36 at-bats so far. This was large enough of a sample to warrant a demotion, which should allow him to rediscover a rhythm at the plate. In a corresponding move, David Lough was called up from Triple-A to replace him on the big league roster.
Hunter is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. Hunter has been working in a platoon in left field with Tyler Goeddel throughout the season, and will head to the bench Sunday while Goeddel picks up the start against Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez. Even when batting against the opposite-handed pitching, Hunter hasn't proven particularly adept this season, going 3-for-32.