Triple-A veteran Paul Hoover, 34, served as the Phillies' third-string catcher for two seasons. Baseball America was the first to report Hoover's signing.
Hoover started six games behind the plate in 2010, getting the call when Brian Schneider was sidelined three weeks in May with a strained Achilles. Suffering a midseason injury of his own, the Phillies reached for Lehigh Valley teammate Dane Sardinha instead of Hoover when Carlos Ruiz went down with a concussion. Hoover would later return as a September call-up, finishing the season 5-for-22 (.227) in limited duty. With Lehigh Valley, he split time with Sardinha and posted a par-for-the-course .247/.326/.345 line with three homers in 286 plate appearances. He elected free agency after the season. Hoover is also remembered for producing the game-winning hit in the Phillies' meaningless extra-inning win in the final game of the 2009 season (pictured right). Sardinha, who was brought back by the Phillies, and non-roster invitee Erik Kratz, formerly of the Pirates' Triple-A team, are slated to catch for Lehigh Valley.