Phillies Get Bench Help

The Phillies added some bench help before tonight’s waiver trade deadline.

They acquired left-handed-hitting outfielder John Bowker from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named or cash considerations. To make room for Bowker on the 25-man roster, the Phillies optioned right-hander Michael Schwimer to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, they placed Jose Contreras on the 60-day DL.

Bowker will be in uniform for tonight’s game in Cincinnati. He will wear No. 16.

The Phillies had been looking for a bench player for some time. Bowker played just 19 games for Pittsburgh this season, hitting .235 with two RBIs, but hit .308 with 15 homers and 76 RBIs in 415 at-bats with Triple-A Indianapolis.

He has played first base, left field and right field in parts of four big-league seasons with San Francisco and Pittsburgh. He is a .237 career hitter with a .289 on-base percentage and a .390 slugging percentage.

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3 Comments

Who? They already have Brandon Moss in Lehigh Valley. I don’t like either one of them to be on a postseason roster though. They missed the boat by not getting somebody to replace Gload before the trade deadline, IMO.

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I figure that among the players who could be brought up in September for a “look-see” and to rest the regulars include the following;
Drew Carpentar
Scott Matheson
Joe Savery (not on 40-man roster)
Michael Schwimmer
Mike Zagurski
Juan Perez (hope not–figure that they will move him off the 40-man)
Erik Kratz
Freddy Galvis
Pete Orr
Dom Brown (give him time off)
Kevin Frandsen
Brandon Moss (don’t understand the Bowker move)–would need to be put on 40-man roster which means it may not happen

I presume that they will wait’

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