Report: Phillies to Call-Up Tommy Joseph
ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Phillies have called up Tommy Joseph from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, no corresponding move has been made at this time.
Joseph was acquired in the 2012 trade that sent Hunter Pence to the Giants, he was hitting 347 with six homers and was leading the International league in OPS. He is expected to be in the Phillies lineup, that is desperate for any offense tonight when they open a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park.
He should enter the first-base platoon with Ryan Howard, hitting against lefties, the question will be what happens to Darin Ruf?
Ruf has struggled in his role has right-handed bat, hitting just .158 with o home runs and three RBI in 31 games. The 29-year old has been used in seven games left field, but the Phillies don't see him in that role, so his future is up-in-the-air.
Joseph was supposed to be the Phillies catcher of the future when they acquired him for Pence, but concussion problems move him out from behind the plate and over to first-base.
Now he will get to show the Phillies if he is their first baseman of the future - starting tonight.