As expected, the Phillies have bolstered their catching inventory following the loss of Carlos Ruiz to injury.
The Phillies have signed 30-year-old catcher Jake Fox to a minor league contract and he has already taken the field for the IronPigs, going 2-for-3 Sunday as the IronPigs' DH. Fox had been playing for the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League after beginning the season with the Pirates Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis. A former third-round pick of the Cubs in 2003, Fox split the 2011 season between the Baltimore Orioles and their Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk and has spent parts of four seasons in the Bigs with the Cubs, A's and Orioles. For his career, he is a .237/.288/.425 hitter with 20 home runs, his best season coming in 82 games with the Cubs in 2009 in which he hit .259/.311/.468 with 11 homers. The day before signing with the Phils, the Somerset Web site reports that Fox went 4-for-5 with two homers.
Fox, who bats from the right side, has experience behind the plate, first, third and left field, but is known more for his ability to pound Triple-A pitching than his glove work, making him a positionless journeyman, at the age of 30, clinging to his baseball hopes in the independent leagues.
Which means he's not unlike former Phillie and Beerleague favorite, Chris Coste, although they'd traveled very different roads to the indies.