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Phillies calling up Grady Sizemore

Jul 10, 2014, 11:15 PM EST

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Grady Sizemore joined the Phillies on a minor league contract after he was released by the Red Sox late last month and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he has been added to the major league roster.

Sizemore batted .289 (13-for-35) with one home run and one double over 10 games during his time Triple-A Lehigh Valley. After missing two seasons due to injury, the 31-year-old hit just .216 with two home runs and a .612 OPS in 52 games before the Red Sox cut ties with him last month, but he could play a few days a week in Philadelphia’s outfield. For what it’s worth, he saw playing time at all three outfield spots in Triple-A.

The Phillies transferred left-hander Cliff Lee from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Sizemore, but that was strictly a procedural move. He’s still on track to return from the disabled list next Friday against the Braves.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    I do still hope the guy gets his career back on track.

    But I also find the Phillies hilarious.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      So you think this is a bad move….because it will hurt the playoff run? Or because “My God, how can they bench Dom Brown right now?” Or because you feel trading Mayberry or Brown (one of those two is surely gone if Sizemore can hit .240) would be a mistake?

      This isn’t about improving the team for 2014. Its about picking up cheap parts to finish out the year, so they can get something in return for parts that will become unnecessary. (I would take a wagon load of pumpkins for Brown). The Phillies should have done more of this last year

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        I don’t think it’s a bad move or a good move.

        I think it’s a Phillies move.

        And those always make me laugh.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:58 PM

        And what is a “Phillies move”, aside from the literal definition?

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        I’m only familiar with the one definition.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        I see. So you laugh every time the Phillies make a move – like placing Tony Gywnn Jr. on the bereavement list, or shifting Cliff Lee from the 15 Day DL to the 60 Day DL.

        And here I thought you just had made a post with out considering what you were saying (which we all do from time to time). Now I see that it is PseudoBulbar Affect.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        Just HAVING Tony Gwynn Jr. on the roster is Phillies-move enough.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        You ever wonder how empty your sentences would be without the words “Phillies move”?

        Look – you got smoke in this convo. It’s time to move on with you life. But thanks for playing ;)

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        Declaring yourself the winner of a verbal volley is like laughing at your own joke.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        Say the guy who laughed when Cole Hamel was snet for a rehab assignment.

        Again – there is no shame in losing. And if nothing else, you know now that there are treatments for your condition. You will get through this – I know you wil. And I will be there for you, every step of the way.

        You will not walk this road alone

  2. SocraticGadfly - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Ahh, what that says about the Philly outfield.

    • baseballisboring - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      What that says about the Red Sox outfield that they gave him 52 games…

  3. toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Low risk high reward move. Despite sweeping the Brewers they’re still 10 games under. 500. Couldn’t be any worse then the performances of Brown, Gwynn, and Mayberry.

  4. amaninwhite - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    What’s sad is that when RAJ was talking about potential roster changes that could be made if the lineup continued to fail to deliver, this is it. Minor league callups is the limit to what he can do. He can’t trade anyone of name recognition due to cumbersome contracts. He can’t acquire anyone of name recognition due to lack of tradeable assets. All he can do is threaten to call up guys from the minors, who are likely in the minors for a reason.

  5. mungman69 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:30 AM

    When they call up Sizemore who gets sent down?

    • bleedgreen - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      Dave Buchannon. Mainly because he pitched yesterday and with the break it will be almost 2 weeks till he pitches again. Ideally, they keep him in the rotation when Lee comes back and put Kendrick or Hernandez in the pen.

  6. unclemosesgreen - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    Good to see RAJ start the youth movement.

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