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.
Plouffe was 1-for-3 with a walkoff three-run home run during the 16th inning to lift the Phillies over the Dodgers on Tuesday. Plouffe entered the game in the 12th inning and had the good fortune to bat with runners on first and second with position player Enrique Hernandez on the mound for Los Angeles. The 32-year-old has seen minimal opportunities -- two starts and 11 plate appearances -- since having his contract selected by the Phillies on July 10, but he made his presence known Tuesday. Plouffe is now 3-for-11 with a home run, three RBI and five strikeouts on the season.
Plouffe's contract was selected by the Phillies on Tuesday. Plouffe was called upon to provide a veteran bat off the bench and the ability to fill in at multiple positions around the diamond. Neither the bat nor the glove are particularly good, though, as the 32-year-old has posted a .242/.304/.410 in parts of eight big-league seasons and a negative UZR at every position other than first base. Dylan Cozens was optioned in a corresponding move, with Pedro Florimon transferred to the 60-day disabled list to clear room on the 40-man roster.
Plouffe signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Monday, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe received his release from the Rangers on April 10 and will look for a fresh start in Philadelphia. He figures to join Triple-A Lehigh, where he'll provide organizational depth.