CINCINNATI -- Triple-A Lehigh Valley outfielder Tyson Gillies cleared waivers and has been outrighted from the 40-man roster.
Gillies has been a disappointment following his arrival in Dec. 2009 as part of the much maligned Cliff Lee trade with Seattle. He has had issues on and off the field, including numerous injuries, stints on the disabled list, two team suspensions and one arrest for a cocaine felony charge that was eventually dropped.
The Phillies also acquired right-handers Phillippe Aumont and J.C. Ramirez in the trade. Ramirez is no longer with the organization and Aumont has struggled as a relief pitcher. He made two appearances earlier this week and allowed a home run in each game before being optioned.
"I don't think from an expectation standpoint that we expected him to be our starting center fielder at this point," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said about Gillies. "You have to remember, he's had a lot of injury issues that have slowed his development. He's had some off-the-field issues as well, which are very well-documented. That stuff happens.
"He was a prospect. Stuff happens with prospects. That's what they are until they get to the Major Leagues."
Proefrock said the Phillies essentially decided to outright Gillies to clear room on the 40-man roster for potential moves in the future. Gillies also reportedly had an incident with the team earlier this week, which might have finally pushed the Phillies past the tipping point.
"Well, look at the guys we got: J.C. Ramirez, he didn't pan out," Proefrock said. "Again, Tyson is still with the organization. You never know what can happen with him. Phillippe has had his ups and downs. Like I said, you make trades for prospects, and all those guys were a long way from the Major Leagues. Lot of things can happen."
Phillies promote Cedeno, designate Jimenez
CINCINNATI -- The Phillies on Friday selected the contract of journeyman infielder Ronny Cedeno from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Left-hander Cesar Jimenez has been designated for assignment.
"Middle infield help," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said simply about Cedeno's promotion. "A right-handed bat. He's been swinging the bat really well. Just another infielder that can play shortstop."
The Phillies brought Cedeno, 31, to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, but released him March 25. They re-signed him to a Minor League contract March 30. He was hitting .286/.327/.367 with one home run and 20 RBIs in 42 games for Lehigh Valley.
In 21 games since May 11, he has hit .392/.423/.527.
Cedeno has spent parts of nine seasons in the Majors with the Cubs, Mariners, Pirates, Mets, Astros and Padres. The utility infielder has compiled a .246/.289/.354 batting line with 40 homers and 239 RBIs in his big league career.
Jimenez, 29, pitched two scoreless innings over two appearances with the Phils this season.
• Third baseman Cody Asche, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, had started to hit, but he is probably more than a week away from rejoining the team.
• Left-hander Cliff Lee, who is on the DL with a strained left elbow, still has not been cleared to throw. He continues to be tested daily.
• Triple-A outfielder Darin Ruf, who is on the DL with a sprained left wrist and bruised right knee, still has swelling in his leg after slamming into a wall at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. He will be evaluated again Monday.
• Right-hander Luis Garcia has been reinstated from the 15-day DL and has been optioned to Lehigh Valley. He had been on the DL since May 22 with a strained right forearm.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.