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Phillies Should Claim DFA’d Guardians Starting Pitcher

Written by Tony Ghaul

The Cleveland Guardians right-handed starting pitcher Zach Plesac has been designated for assignment.

Plesac was sent down to Triple-A Columbus earlier in the season and it’s been a rough 2023 for him. He is is 1-1 with a 7.56 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in five Major League starts this season.

Plesac made his debut in 2019 and began his career with a solid 3.81 ERA in 115 2/3 innings. He followed that up with an even better season in the shortened 2020 year as he had a 2.28 ERA in eight starts.

It’s a sharp departure from his debut in 2019. His career started on an impressive note, with a solid 3.81 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 115.2 innings of work.

The 2021 and 2022 seasons saw a departure from his success. Plesac was placed on the injured list twice with self-inflicted injuries.

Plesac missed significant time after breaking his thumb when aggressively taking off his shirt. Then in 2022, Plesac broke his hand punching the ground after giving up a home run in Seattle.

Plesac has shown flashes of being an effective end of the rotation arm. He’s someone who could help the Phillies thin starting rotation.

The Phillies are struggling to fill out a five-man rotation and regularly rely on bullpen games.

Plesac will be placed on waivers where other teams can claim him. If he goes unclaimed, the Guardians can outright him to the minors or release him.

Plesac could also reject the outright assignment and opt for free agency as he has accumulated more than three years of MLB service time.

Pitcher Zach Plesac. Photo courtsey of Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

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