Second baseman Joe Thurston spent most of last season with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre and was a late-season callup for the Phillies. According to yesterday’s minor league game summary on the Reading Phillies Web site, he’s back in the organization.
Thurston had been a non-roster invitee with Washington this spring, but was reassigned on March 25 and must have landed back with the Phillies somehow. Yesterday’s minor league report says "Newly acquired 2B Joe Thurston was 2-for-3 with a 2B and a run scored."
Last season, Thurston earned 18 at bats (4-for-18) and started a game in left field.
Thurston would either join the veteran stockpile in Reading or Ottawa once camp breaks, and if it's Reading, he could be teamed with Beerleaguer shining star Greg Jacobs, who's already been promoed on Reading's Web page. Jacobs has five homers in 14 games. Others receiving looks with Reading’s camp include Juan Tejeda, Welinson Baez, Javon Moran, Tim Moss and Jeremy Slayden, although all could be in different destinations once spring training breaks.