Mathis was outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. Mathis was designated for assignment by Atlanta on Wednesday, and he'll remain in the organization after he went unclaimed on waivers. Mathis went hitless with five strikeouts in nine at-bats during his time in the majors this year.
Mathis was designated for assignment by Atlanta on Wednesday. Mathis' contract was selected at the beginning of May, and he went 0-for-9 with five strikeouts in three games. Catcher Kevan Smith was acquired from the Rays in a corresponding move and should fill Mathis' depth role going forward.
Mathis had his contract selected by Atlanta on Sunday. The 38-year-old joined the club on a minor-league deal in late March after being let go by the Phillies, and he'll now receive an opportunity in the majors. Mathis should split time behind the plate with William Contreras after Travis d'Arnaud (thumb) and Alex Jackson (hamstring) landed on the injured list.
Mathis was released by the Phillies on Wednesday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Mathis was attempting to secure a backup catcher role during spring training with J.T. Realmuto (thumb) sidelined, but his release suggests Realmuto could be ready to go in time for Opening Day. Mathis appeared in 10 Grapefruit League games this spring and hit .207 with a home run, one double, two RBI and 14 strikeouts over 29 at-bats.
Mathis could make the Phillies' roster if J.T. Realmuto (thumb) is forced to miss extended regular season action, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Phillies are hopeful that Realmuto will not miss many -- if any -- regular season games, though his exact timeline remains unclear. His absence would likely leave Andrew Knapp as the starter, but would give Mathis the chance to earn a roster spot as the primary backup. Mathis signed a minor-league deal with the club on Feb. 16 and is a career .194/.253/.300 hitter.