A look back at the bit parts from '08 and a breaking report via ESPN.com.
In any other season, it would have been easy to assemble a complete roster of the players who earned a cup of coffee with the club as emergency call-ups or fill-ins in some capacity. As it is, the Phils were fairly economic in their roster play, using far fewer pitchers than a year before and only a handful of position players to plug holes caused by injury. Here's a look back at the intrepid few who made the most of their brief opportunities. Although their short service time makes them statistical non-qualifiers, they still qualify for a place in our hearts.
OF, T.J. Bohn: Bohn's ninth-inning double knocked in two important insurance runs in an Apr. 21 victory over Colorado. In two stints, he appeared in 14 games and went 2-for-5 with three RBIs.
OF, Chris Snelling: Snelling's pinch-hit solo homer opened the flood gates for a four-run, ninth-inning rally in a 4-3 comeback over Houston on Apr. 15.
OF, So Taguchi: In his last chance to impress scouts during the regular season, Taguchi, who had gone 27 days without an at bat, exploded for three hits and three RBIs, including an RBI triple, in the season's final game.
PH, Matt Stairs: Surely, Stairs deserves inclusion on the opportunity knocks list for obvious reasons.
3B, Carlos Ruiz: Chooch turned in a flawless defensive frame at the hot corner Aug. 26 against New York (no balls hit in his direction).
SS, Pedro Feliz: Pete Happy slid over to short and posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in two innings, according to Baseball Reference. Points to anyone who can pinpoint the game.
2B, Brad Harman: Harman's only hit as a Phillie was an RBI double in a 6-5 victory over the Pirates on Apr. 25. The starting lineup for that game included Harman, 2B; Bruntlett, 3B; Taguchi, RF; Werth, CF; Utley, 1B; Coste, C; Burrell, LF; Bruntlett, SS. Like Ruiz, he also clocked one flawless inning at third base (May 6 at Arizona, no balls hit in his direction).
1B, Greg Dobbs: This is a stretch. Besides Ryan Howard, four others took a crack at first: Dobbs, Bruntlett, Coste and Utley. While all were perfect defensively, only Dobbs reached base at the plate thanks to a pair of walks. So great job, Greg.
C, Lou Marson: Marson finally earned a start the final game of the season and made the most of it, going 2-for-4 with a homer.
SP, J.A. Happ: Three of Happ's four starts were quality starts and the other, a 4 2-3 inning outing against the Mets, wasn't terrible. He also pitched well in relief opportunities, including three innings of mop up in Game 3 of the NLCS.
RP, Andrew Carpenter: Carpenter was in Class-A Clearwater just weeks before pitching a shutout inning for the Phillies out of the bullpen.
Phillies interested in Will Ohman: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies are strongly pursuing lefthander Will Ohman, who went 4-1 with a 3.68 ERA with the Braves last season. The 31-year-old is one of the best available arms and wouldn't require draft pick compensation. He's not terrible against right-handed hitters either, so once J.C. Romero returns from his suspension, he'd maintain his usefulness as a high-pressure reliever. He earned $1.6 million a year ago.