Just four days after being claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Guardians, outfielder Oscar Mercado was cut loose by the Phillies. The move came to make room for pitcher Bailey Falter, who was recalled from Lehigh Valley to start Friday night’s game against St. Louis.

In his abbreviated stint with the Phillies, Mercado played in just one game and struck out in his only at-bat with the team. He could potentially remain in the organization if he clears waivers and elects to stick with the organization rather than becoming a free agent. Should the Phillies elect to keep him, he would likely be assigned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The once highly regarded outfielder has hit .234 in 273 major league games, all of which came with Cleveland with the exception of his debut with the Phillies. Mercado’s best year was his rookie year of 2019 when he batted .269 in 115 games with Cleveland, hitting 15 home runs and driving in 54 runs.

Falter is taking the rotation spot of Zach Eflin, who has struggled to pitch with a bruised knee. The Phillies had initially hoped that Eflin would not have to go on the IL, but ultimately, he was only aggravating the injury every time he would throw from the mound. Eflin was 4-5 with a 4.37 ERA in 13 starts this season.