Phillies release outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr.

Phillies release outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr.
July 28, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Tony Gwynn, Jr. hit .163 with 15 walks in 119 plate appearances with the Phillies this season. (USA Today Images)

Tony Gwynn Jr. was released by the Phillies on Monday, a week after being designated for assignment.

When a player is DFA'd, there is a 10-day period where the organization can place the player on waivers, trade him, release him, or outright him to the minors.

By cutting ties with Gwynn, the Phils give him an opportunity to latch on with another major-league club.

Gwynn made the Phillies' opening day roster after signing a minor-league deal in December. He went on to hit .163 with 15 walks in 119 plate appearances.

It's been a trying few months for the 31-year-old outfielder. His father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, passed away on June 16 after a battle with cancer.

In perhaps the most heartwarming moment of the season at Citizens Bank Park, Phillies fans gave Gwynn Jr. a standing ovation before a pinch-hit appearance on June 25.

"That’s why guys who play here like to play here," Gwynn said of Philadelphia that night.

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