Burriss officially accepted his assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday, Meghan Montemurro of the News Journal reports. Burriss DFA'd on Wednesday to clear space on the 40-man roster for Jimmy Paredes, whom the Phillies acquired from Toronto in a trade. Burriss struggled in limited big league action, hitting just .121 with two extra-base hits in 27 games.
Burriss was designated for assignment Wednesday, Matt Gelb of the Philly Inquirer reports. Burriss was designated for assignment in order to make room on the 40-man roster for Jimmy Paredes who the Phillies acquired from the Blue Jays for cash considerations. Burriss had been hitting just .121/.194/.212 in 27 games played this season.
Burris will likely lose his roster spot when Cody Asche is activated from the disabled list this week, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports. Asche's rehab assignment must end Thursday. Burris has primarily been limited to a pinch hitting role this season. He has just 33 at-bats in 27 games.
Burriss has a .129 batting average after 31 at-bats this season. Burriss's primary role for the Phillies has been to serve as a pinch hitter and make an occasional substitution in the outfield or middle infield. While his season batting average is atrocious, he has recently shown improvement, posting a .273/.364/.273 line in May. Burriss has a career batting average of .240, so the Phillies will look to see if he can sustain this improved level of play.
Burriss is in the lineup and leading off for Friday's series opener against the Nationals. Burriss had his contract selected by the Phillies on April 2nd to join the team as a reserve. The 31-year-old is 0-for-5 through six games thus far and will look to record his first hit in his first start of the year.