Purportedly all better from his right calf injury, outfielder Shane Victorino rejoins the Phillies tonight, replacing T.J. Bohn, who was optioned to Lehigh Valley. The team also claimed infielder Oscar Robles off waivers.
Robles, 32, spent parts of three seasons with the Dodgers and Padres, including a lengthy stint with LA as a starting shortstop and third baseman during the 2005 season. A left-handed hitter, born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in San Diego, he is a .260/.323/.348 Major League hitter with five home runs, all coming in 05. He spent most of 2007 with Triple-A Portland (San Diego), where he was hitting .208 with 10 RBI before the Padres released him. He has been added to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Originally a third-round pick by the Astros in the 1994 draft, then released by the club in 2000, Robles worked himself back into organized ball through the Mexican League, where he hit for high average as the starting third baseman for the Mexico City Red Devils.
Beerleaguer: Had this deal gone down before Jimmy Rollins went on the DL, there's a chance Robles may have been in Philadelphia instead of Brad Harman. Robles can play all over the infield, but at this point, is a backup to the backup to the backup and best used to fill out a minor league roster. The Phillies have actually shuffled a few bodies into this role since spring training, adding Chris Woodward after Ray Olmedo refused his assignment to LV. Woodward is in LV now and isn’t hitting. Neither is Casey Smith. The Pigs need all the help they can get.