The Phillies have placed Aaron Rowand on the 15-day DL with a fractured nose and recalled OF Chris Roberson from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The 26-year-old switch-hitting speed merchant was hitting .287 (39-136) with 10 doubles and 12 stolen bases for the Barons. He started slow, but has been hot lately, currently on an 8-game hitting streak in which he’s gone 13-for-34.
Roberson, a 9th round pick in the 2001 draft, spent 2005 with Reading (AA) and won Eastern League Rookie of the Year after a league-leading 172 hits, which set a Reading record. He also won the Paul Owens award as the best player in the Phillies’ minor league system.
Roberson was in the running for the final spot off the Phillies bench this spring, but the spot that was eventually filled by David Dellucci. He hit .273 with 2 home runs with the Phils this spring.