Plouffe was released by the Phillies on Thursday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The veteran was always going to be a long shot to make the team. He'll look to find work somewhere on a minor-league deal as he hopes to extend his major-league career to a 10th season.
Plouffe went 1-for-2 with a solo homer Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Plouffe's ninth-inning shot off Mark Leiter was his first of spring. The veteran infielder now has two hits -- both of which have gone for extra bases -- in nine at-bats through six spring appearances.
Plouffe signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Wednesday which includes an invitation to spring training, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Plouffe opted to return to Philadelphia after spending the majority of the 2018 season on the team's farm, hitting .230/.347/.460 across 73 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The veteran infielder joined the big club briefly over summer but was designated for assignment after appearing in just seven games (going 3-for-12 with a homer). He figures to serve as infield depth again in 2019.
Plouffe was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday. Plouffe was designated for assignment Tuesday after going 3-for-12 with one extra-base hit through seven games at the big-league level. He's slashed .240/.360/.480 over 60 contests with the Iron Pigs in 2018.
Plouffe was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Tuesday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic Philadelphia reports. Plouffe was with the Phillies for three weeks but made just a single start. He was the 16th-inning walkoff hero against the Dodgers on July 24, but someone had to go in order to make room on the roster for deadline-day acquisition Aaron Loup. Plouffe's .242/.304/.410 career line and ability to play multiple positions could be enough for another team to claim him off waivers and use him as a bench piece.
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