Phillies bring back Gwynn on minor-league deal

Phillies bring back Gwynn on minor-league deal

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August 3, 2014, 7:15 pm
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Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. will report to Triple A Lehigh Valley after signing a minor-league deal to return to the Phillies. (AP)

Tony Gwynn Jr. is back in the Phillies' organization.

After being released by the club Monday, a week after being designated for assignment, Gwynn was re-signed by the Phils Sunday night to a minor-league contract. He'll report to Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Gwynn inked a minor-league deal with the Phillies in December and made the team's opening day roster after impressing in spring training. Gwynn hit .163 in 119 plate appearances before being sent down and later released.

It hasn't been an easy season for Gwynn, not just at the plate, but off the field, as well. His father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, died on June 16 after a battle with cancer.

In his first at-bat back following his father's death, Gwynn Jr. received a standing ovation from Phillies fans before a pinch-hit appearance on June 25 at Citizens Bank Park.

It was a touching moment.

“Needless to say, it was pretty awesome,” Gwynn said that night (see story). “Made the at-bat a little more difficult, had to fight the emotion and the tears and stuff like that.

“But that’s why guys who play here like to play here. When things are going well or regardless of whether they’re going bad or good, I think the fans stay behind us. Much appreciated by the Gwynn family.”

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