That drug abusing, Rule 5 pick, left-handed reliever Daniel Stumpf is set to be activated on Sunday from his 80 game PED suspension. A corresponding roster move must be made. But who should be demoted? Severino Gonzalez is the likely candidate, but is it the right move?
Gonzalez isn't amazing or anything, but I think he has a brighter future than Stumpf and is currently more valuable to the Phillies roster. He's 23 years old and can pitch multiple innings in relief, spot start if need be, and has almost identical minor league numbers to Stumpf. (Stumpf in 5 minor league seasons - 3.22/1.18, Gonzalez in 6 minor league seasons - 3.33/1.11, but has pitched in AAA, which Stumpf hasn't).
The even bigger issue isn't who Stumpf replaces on the active 25-man roster, it's who's place does he take on the 40-man roster. The answer could still be Gonzalez or a host of other guys toiling in the minors - Luis Garcia, Mike Mariot, Colton Murray, David Buchanan, or Elvis Araujo. My pick is Buchanan, who has taken a nosedive since pitching adequately in his rookies season of 2014. He was terrible with a 6.99 ERA in 15 starts last year with the Phils and has a 4.77 ERA currently with IronPigs.