Primarily a second baseman, Joe Thurston was hitting .282 with 9 homers and 28 doubles for Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. The 27-year-old former fourth-round pick of the Dodgers has seen time in left field this season.
Update: The Phillies have also recalled outfielder Michael Bourn, who was in Florida for Olympic qualifying.
We knew it would be interesting, and this move comes as something of a surprise.
Thurston, who is not included on the 40-man roster and will have his contract purchased, was signed this offseason as a minor league free agent. You may remember he was in the running for the final spot off the Phillies bench for a little while. The job eventually went to David Dellucci.
Thurston saw action with the Dodgers in parts of three seasons between 2002 and 2004 and spent all of last season in Triple-A. He’s a good hitting second baseman and is 11-40 (.274) lifetime in the majors. I don't know much about him, but his career certainly resembles that of a Marlon Anderson-type player; good left-handed bat, but must have a shaky glove or some other holes. Now, it seems his versatility will be used to help the Phillies bench desperate for outfield depth and another man for the infield.
As for Bourn, he's back after a brief cup of coffee a few weeks back. The slashing center fielder was hitting .286 with Scranton. This season, in stops with Reading and Scranton, he has tallied more triples than doubles (13 triples, 10 doubles) and has totalled a combined 45 stolen bases.
EL player of the week Gary Burnham will replace Thurston at Scranton.