The 27-year-old was hitting .277/.346/.390 with three homers and 44 RBIs in 101 games with Triple-A Ottawa. This will be his second assignment with the big club. [Link]
Thurston earned a late-season call-up with the Phils in 2006 and actually started two games in left field despite playing only a handful of games there in the minor leagues. It was just an anomaly really; he’s been a second baseman and nothing more his entire career. Thurston actually told me he earned the start because Gary Varsho liked the way he caught fly balls in batting practice. True story; I guess that's how you become a Major League starting left fielder. The Phils didn’t bring him back after 2006 and he spent time in Washington’s camp as a non-roster invitee. He was cut and landed back with the Phils, assigned to Double-A temporarily and would soon land back in Triple-A.
He’s spent parts of four seasons in the Majors with the Phils and Dodgers. In nine minor league seasons, he’s a .290, .760 OPS hitter with 54 career homers.
Beerleaguer: Just a terrible, terrible call-up. I’d sooner push the geriatric bullpen to eight pitchers by adding Geoff Geary, but the Phils decided it wasn’t the right time. The only silver lining is Thurston has hit well lately. He will be their last option off the bench, and won’t help them.