Phillies acquire SS Edmundo Sosa in trade with Cardinals – CBS Philly

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Phillies acquired shortstop Edmundo Sosa from the Cardinals in a trade for left-hander JoJo Romero on Saturday. The Cardinals called shortstop Paul DeJong after the deal.

All-Star in 2019, DeJong was demoted to Triple-A Memphis in May after hitting .130 with a home run in 24 games. The 28-year-old may have rediscovered his underage power shot, hitting 17 homers with a .249 batting average in 51 games.

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He hit .366 with six home runs in July 11 games, including a home run in each of his last three games with the Memphis Redbirds. He should be with the Cardinals for their Saturday night game in Washington.

Sosa is a skilled defender, giving the underperforming Phillies a potential upgrade in the infield. The 26-year-old has struggled at the plate, going .189 without a hit in 53 games this season.

Sosa was expected to join Philadelphia late Saturday night in Pittsburgh and possibly be available Sunday. Phillies manager Rob Thomson expects to use Sosa as a utility player with a chance to start when Philadelphia faces a left-handed pitcher.

“He’s a very good defender,” Thomson said. “He plays second, short, third. Yeah, he’s a plus, plus a defender wherever he plays, and he can run.

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The arrival of Sosa and the imminent return of shortstop Jean Segura – who is recovering from a broken right index finger and will become eligible to be off the 60-day injured list on Sunday – will create a crisis in the middle. of the infield.

The team will have to make a move to put Sosa on the roster, and another every time Segura returns. Thomson said Segura won’t be in the majors on Sunday, although the Phillies have a day off Monday, the day before the trade deadline.

Thomson gave veteran shortstop Didi Gregorius a vote of confidence, praising his defense even as he brawled at home plate. Gregorius entered Saturday averaging .218 with a home run and 19 RBIs in 59 games.

“The only thing Didi does is play his rear end short,” Thomson said. “He makes plays, attacks balls. His glove work is so good. It’s better than anything I’ve seen since his (New York) Yankee days. He moves really well.

Romero, 25, has pitched in parts of three major league seasons, including two relief appearances this year with three runs allowed in two innings. He has a 7.89 ERA in the majors. St. Louis assigned Romero to Triple-A.

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