The Philadelphia Phillies found a left handed bat off the bench in OF/1B John Bowker of the Pirates.
Phillies will trade away a player to be named later or cash considerations for Bowker.
According to Jim Salisbury of CSN, "Bowker, 28, has played parts of four seasons in the majors with San Francisco and Pittsburgh. He is a lifetime .237 hitter with 17 homers in 561 big-league at-bats. He spent 19 games with the Pirates this season and hit just .235. Bowker has spent the bulk of the season at Triple A Indianapolis, where he was hitting .308 with 15 homers and 76 RBIs in 105 games.
During his time in the majors, Bowker hit .301 (22 for 73) with four doubles, two triples and a homer in pinch-hitting situations."
This move gives you a Left Handed bat off the bench, something the Phillies really need after not knowing how healthy Ross Gload (hip) is. Both players have the versatility to play the OF and 1B.
To make room for Bowker, the Phillies sent RP Michael Schwimer to the minors.