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Phillies Release Bowker

The Phillies have released outfielder John Bowker, who will pursue a playing opportunity in Japan.

The Phillies picked up Bowker in an Aug. 29 trade with the Pirates, hoping he could be a productive left-handed bat off the bench. You know, maybe run into a fastball and hit a home run or two. But Matt Stairs he wasn’t. Bowker went 0-for-13, which gives him a dubious place in Phillies history — assuming he doesn’t make his way back to the Phillies in the future.

There is only one other position player that finished his Phillies career with more than 13 hitless at-bats. Outfielder Fred Tauby went 0-for-20 for the 1937 Phillies. He never played in the big leagues again.

There are nine pitchers that finished their Phillies careers with more than 13 hitless at-bats. Leading the list is Jim Hearn, who went 0-for-33 with the Phillies from 1957-59. Also in the top three are Charley Stanceu, who went 0-for-19 in 1946; and Mac Scarce, who went 0-for-17 from 1972-74.

And now you know …

A Possible NLDS Roster

The Phillies said today they’re probably going to carry 11 pitchers on their postseason roster.

They’ve informed Domonic Brown, right-hander Justin De Fratus and left-hander Joe Savery they will be in instructional league during the postseason to stay sharp in case they are needed. Right-hander Michael Schwimer and outfielder Brandon Moss will head home after the season’s finale Wednesday. Catcher Erik Kratz could travel with the team, but that has not been decided.

Here’s a look at my projected 25-man NLDS roster:

  • Catchers (2): Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider.
  • Infielders (7): Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Ross Gload, Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez.
  • Outfielders (5): Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, John Mayberry Jr. and Ben Francisco.
  • Starters (4): Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt.
  • Relievers: (7): Ryan Madson, Brad Lidge, Antonio Bastardo, Mike Stutes, Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick with David Herndon or Joe Blanton taking up the final spot.

No surprises here among the 14 position players. Blanton has worked his way into the conversation to earn a bullpen spot. If he pitches well this week in Atlanta that could make the decision a little more difficult for the Phillies as Herndon has a 1.99 ERA in 33 appearances since April.

Pete Orr and John Bowker would have a shot to make the roster if the Phillies carried 10 pitchers, but it doesn’t sound like it’s going to happen.

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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