Phillies Notes: Phils call up Ransom to add offense

Posted: July 04, 2010

PITTSBURGH - The Phillies are in a position where they need to sacrifice some defense to generate offense, manager Charlie Manuel said before Saturday's game.

Scoring two runs in two games against the last-place Pirates will do that.

Hence, the Phillies selected the contract of infielder Cody Ransom from triple-A Lehigh Valley. Infielder Brian Bocock was designated for assignment.

Ransom, who did not arrive at PNC Park until after the Phillies completed batting practice, started at third base Saturday.

"He's capable of hitting the ball out of the yard," Manuel said. "I think we can use him right now, especially against lefties."

Manuel said he planned to use a platoon at third in the absence of Placido Polanco (left triceps tendinitis) for the next couple of weeks. (That's if the Phillies do not add an infielder in a trade, of course). Against righthanded pitchers, Greg Dobbs will start. Against lefties, either Ransom or Juan Castro will play.

When Ransom starts, Castro could be used as a defensive replacement. Ransom, 34, had 16 errors in 82 games at triple A.

He did, however, hit 16 home runs with 51 RBIs while batting .238. He was the opening-day third baseman for the Yankees in 2009 when Alex Rodriguez was injured. He hit .190 for the Yankees in 31 games before returning to the minors.

In seven major-league seasons, Ransom is a career .233 hitter.

The Phillies likely would have brought Ransom up Tuesday instead of Bocock when they originally put Chase Utley and Polanco on the disabled list. But Ransom had a knee injury, and the Phillies wanted him to see a doctor and play a few more games at triple A to make sure he was OK.

Manuel said he would bounce guys around at third, but if he has to sacrifice some defense at times, he is fine with that.

"You have to score if you want to win the game," Manuel said. "If you're losing the game it doesn't matter [if you have defense], but you better have some offense on the field to try to catch up."

Bocock did not appear in a game for the Phillies. He had options remaining but was designated because the Phillies needed to free up a spot on the 40-man roster, which is full.

Rollins could be rested

Manuel said he still planned to find occasional rest for shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who has already spent two stints on the disabled list, even though the Phillies' injury list has expanded.

In fact, Manuel said, he could sit Rollins in Sunday's series finale against the Pirates.

"I think we have to make sure we have him for the second half of the season," Manuel said.

If Rollins sits Sunday, Manuel said, that would allow him to play in all seven games before the all-star break.

"If he plays so many days in a row," Manuel said, "and plays a day-night and comes back early, I think that's . . . how he got hurt before, but I'm not sure."

Extra bases

Catcher Carlos Ruiz (concussion) will not begin a rehabilitation assignment before Tuesday. That's when he's scheduled to see a doctor for more testing. Ruiz said Saturday he was surprised to hear he couldn't be cleared for rehab this weekend. "I feel fine," Ruiz said. . . . The all-star teams will be announced at noon Sunday. Manuel, the manager of the National League squad, has eight picks. He will also select the five players for the online final player ballot. . . . Phillies farmhand Harold Garcia tied the Florida State League record by extending his hitting streak to 36 games for single-A Clearwater on Saturday. Garcia, 23, is a second baseman from Venezuela.

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