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Phillies sign Ronnie Belliard to a minor league contract

Apr 1, 2011, 10:58 AM EST

Ronnie Belliard Getty Yanks

One day after releasing Luis Castillo, the Phillies have signed infielder Ronnie Belliard to a minor league contract, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. He’ll report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Belliard, who turns 36 next week, was released by the Yankees earlier this week after batting just .136 with one double and one RBI over 22 at-bats as a non-roster invitee this spring. He batted just .216/.295/.327 with two homers, 19 RBI and a .622 OPS over 185 plate appearances with the Dodgers last season before being designated for assignment in early September.

The Phillies could certainly use the depth for their infield given Chase Utley‘s knee injury and the recent scare with Placido Polanco‘s surgically-repaired left elbow, but if Belliard plays even semi-regularly this season, chances are things aren’t going according to plan.

  1. Jonny 5 - Apr 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    yikes!

  2. djmarkis - Apr 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Dear God, if we ever get that desperate at 2B I’d rather call up the AAA manager Ryan Sandberg to play than to let Belliard near the field!!

  3. Dan in Katonah - Apr 1, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Collecting aging former NY second basemen? Edgardo Alfonzo should be sitting by his phone.

  4. Utley's Hair - Apr 1, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Jeez—did they lose Castillo’s number already? WTF?!?

    But I guess it’s a good thing they signed him, rather than the other Belliard. Or is it?

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