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.
Hunter is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Padres. Tyler Goeddel will take over in left field Tuesday with the Phillies going against left-hander Robbie Erlin. Hunter had started the previous five games, but he went just 2-for-16 in that stretch and had gone hitless in his last 10 at-bats. He could slot back into the order Wednesday with righty Colin Rea on the mound for the Padres.
Hunter and Peter Bourjos could be at risk of losing playing time in the outfield to Darin Ruf, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. The Phillies stressed defense this spring and did not plan to use Ruf in the outfield, but manager Pete Mackanin is willing to move away from that approach to get more offense in his lineup. Hunter went 0-for-3 against the Mets on Saturday. He has just two hits in 14 at-bats thus far.