Mickey Moniak finds himself back at Lehigh Valley after being optioned by the Phillies. To take his roster spot, Philadelphia selected the contract of veteran infielder Yairo Munoz from Lehigh Valley and made room for Moniak on the 40-man roster by moving second baseman Jean Segura from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL.
The Phillies are paper thin on infielders and at one point, even started Matt Vierling at second base, a position that he is unfamiliar with playing and had never played at the major league level. With extra outfielders on the roster, Moniak became the odd man out, partially because the Phillies want him to get regular playing time in center field, which was not going to be possible as a member of the Phillies roster.
Segura is sidelined for much of the remaining schedule and Johan Camargo is on a minor league rehab assignment which has depleted the options on the infield for interim manager Rob Thomson. Munoz might have been selected instead of veteran Scott Kingery for a brief stint with the Phillies recently, however, Munoz was battling nagging injury issues at the time and the Phillies settled on Kingery instead.
The Phillies signed Munoz to a minor league contract prior to the season after Boston outrighted him from their 40-man roster last October. Over five MLB seasons, Munoz has played in 219 games and is a career .274 hitter in the majors with St. Louis and Boston. His best season was his rookie year of 2018 when he played in 108 games with the Cardinals and produced at an 8-42-.276/.350/.413 clip. He followed that with a 2-13-.267/.298/.355 in 88 games the following season before being released and signing with Boston for the 2020 season. The 28-year old has played in just 17 games over the past two seasons with the Sox and has hit at a 1-4-.286/.286/.429 pace.