The Phillies have acquired left-handed batting outfielder John Bowker from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Details released on Wednesday state that the Phillies will send a player to be named or cash considerations to complete the deal at a later date.
The 28-year-old Bowker had gone 4-for-17 (.235 avg) in 19 games this year for the Pirates. In 106 games with Triple A Indianapolis this season, Bowker batted .306 with 15 homeruns and 76 RBI. Bowker, who has played in parts of five Major League seasons, is a former 3rd round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants.
Bowker’s career Major League batting line (.237/.289/.390) is not an improvement over the numbers produced by current Phils lefty hitting reserve outfielder Ross Gload (.280/.325/.408).
Bowker will wear number 16 for the Phillies and will be eligible for the post-season roster.
In an effort to clear a 25-man roster spot, the Phillies optioned Michael Schwimer to Triple A Lehigh Valley following Tuesday night’s victory over Cincinnati. The 25-year-old Schwimer is expected to return to the big league roster at some point after the rosters expand on September 1st. Jose Contreras, out for the year with a right elbow injury, was moved to the 60-day disabled list, to make room on the 40-man roster.
Biddle’s season ends early with knee injury-
In game 1 of the Lakewood BlueClaws’ Tuesday night double header against the Hickory Crawdads, lefty pitching prospect Jesse Biddle left a tied contest in the 5th inning with a right knee injury.
In the midst of a battle with division leading Hickory, whom the ‘Claws trailed by 4 games entering the day, Biddle served up a 2-run game tying double to highly-regarded Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar, and quickly grasped his knee after feeling the area tighten when he backed up home plate. Biddle, the Phillies’ 1st round draft selection last year, was tended to by the team’s training staff and limped off the field under his own power.
According to Biddle, he’ll return home to Philadelphia and visit a Phillies team doctor on Wednesday or Thursday. Biddle explained that the knee was causing him some discomfort through the entire outing, but the pain worsened in the 5th.
“My knee locked up on me out there,” Biddle stated. “It just didn’t feel good the whole game and running home to cover behind home plate really made it stiffen up and it didn’t really loosen that well for a while, so I just had to come out of the game.”
Biddle, 19, was named to the South Atlantic League Post-season All-star team on Tuesday. In his first full season as a professional, Biddle was deserving of the nod, sporting a 7-8 record, a 2.98 ERA and a .219 batting average against in 25 outings this year with Class A Lakewood.
The start for Biddle, who was already on a 5-innings-per-outing limit, was likely going to be his last of the season. A source stated that if the club missed the post-season, which seems likely, Biddle would not have taken his next turn in the rotation in the team’s final game of the season on Monday in Hagerstown.
Biddle is slated to spend time in the month-long Fall Instructional League, but that assignment could be in jeopardy, depending on the severity of the leg injury.
Another Lakewood All-star goes down with injury-
The BlueClaws’ other Post-season All-star representative, first baseman Jim Murphy, was also sidelined with an injury on Tuesday night. In the night cap of the double header, Murphy experienced pain in his left hand after fouling off a pitch. Murphy, who played in two games with the big league club in spring training this year, was unable to continue.
Murphy will also see a team physician. Early assessment of Murphy’s pain suggested that his issue was in the area of the hamate bone.
The BlueClaws split the Tuesday twin bill, to stay 4 games behind first place Hickory, with 5 games left to play in the regular season.
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