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Dobbs designated as Rollins returns

The Phillies have activated shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the disabled list and instead of getting rid of either Wilson Valdez or Juan Castro, both of whom have filled in well for Rollins, the team opted to cut ties with Greg Dobbs.

Dobbs designated as Rollins returns

The Phillies have designated Greg Dobbs for assignment. (Ron Cortes / Staff file photo)
The Phillies have designated Greg Dobbs for assignment. (Ron Cortes / Staff file photo)

The Phillies have activated shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the disabled list and instead of getting rid of either Wilson Valdez or Juan Castro, both of whom have filled in well for Rollins, the team opted to cut ties with Greg Dobbs.

Dobbs was designated for assignment. In 66 at-bats this season, he was batting .152. As a pinch-hitter, the role Dobbs thrived in during the 2008 championship season, he was just 1 for 25.

The Phillies also placed catcher Carlos Ruiz (concussion) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 19. They added lefthander Mike Zagurski from triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Ruiz's spot, meaning the Phils are back to 12 pitchers.

Righthander Scott Mathieson cleared optional waivers and was optioned to triple A.

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Was designating Greg Dobbs the best move?
Yes.
No, it should have been Juan Castro.
No, it should have been Wilson Valdez.

The Phillies have 10 days to release, trade or place Dobbs on waivers with the hopes of sending him to the minors. But Dobbs can reject any minor-league assignment and I'd find it highly unlikely he goes to triple-A.

Much, much more to come...

Matt Gelb Inquirer Staff Writer
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