Phillies outright 6 to Triple-A to clear 40-man spots

Phillies outright 6 to Triple-A to clear 40-man spots

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have started to make room on the 40-man roster in preparation for a potentially eventful offseason.

They announced Friday afternoon that they outrighted infielder Emmanuel Burriss; right-handers Frank Herrmann, Dalier Hinojosa and Colton Murray; outfielder Jimmy Paredes; and left-hander Patrick Schuster to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The Phillies have a slew of prospects they need to protect from the Rule 5 Draft in December, which means being smart with their 40-man roster spots. The group included Top 30 prospects Nick Williams (No. 3), Dylan Cozens (6), Mark Appel (10), Andrew Knapp (11), Ricardo Pinto (15), Nick Pivetta (17), Elniery Garcia (19), Malquin Canelo (21), Carlos Tocci (22), Ben Lively (23), Jose Pujols (26) and Alberto Tirado (28).

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.