Minor league veteran Danny Sandoval will take over the utility role vacated by Abraham Nunez.
This was the roster move I expected the Phils to make in the wake of yesterday’s David Bell trade. The 27-year-old Venezuelan is primarily a shortstop, but can play second and third in a pinch. That’s all the Phils will ask of him – be on standby in case they need his glove.
That duty could come as early as tonight as Jimmy Rollins continues to nurse an injury. Chris Coste figures to be ahead in the depth chart at third base. Sandoval has started only one game at third this season.
Sandoval was in his second season with the Red Barons. He was hitting .256 with 17 doubles and 2 homers in 344 at bats. Over his career, he's always been a high average/low power producer. In his eight previous minor league seasons, he’s a .283 hitter with 35 homers and a .375 slugging percentage.
Some of you may recall he earned a cup of coffee with the Phils a little over a year ago, but has never made a major league start. Unless the Phils make another move at third base, Sandoval might stick around.