Dobbs goes from bus ride to starting 3B

CINCINNATI — Greg Dobbs was in the middle of an eight-hour bus ride from Durham, N.C., to Allentown when he found out he was returning to the majors.

It made the trip somewhat easier.

“I wasn’t sitting there thinking about what was going to happen, this or that,” Dobbs said. “You’re thinking about your game, how you’re going to improve.”

Dobbs is back with the Phillies after a four-game stint at triple-A Lehigh Valley, his contract selected when Chase Utley and Placido Polanco went on the disabled list.

Dobbs started at third base and batted second Tuesday night.

“My role has been this — to be ready, to be prepared for anything that arises,” Dobbs said.

The lefthanded utility man was designated for assignment June 22 after hitting .152 in 42 games. He was just 1 for 25 as a pinch hitter.

At triple A, Dobbs hit 2 for 17 and struck out seven times.

“I was getting into a rhythm,” Dobbs said. “That’s what this game is about, rhythms and ebbs and flows. I was seeing lefties and righties.”

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said for now he will flip flop how he plays second and third base without Utley and Polanco. But he said Dobbs could play the majority of the time there, especially against righthanded pitchers.

“This is going to be a good chance for him to get playing time,” Manuel said. “He proved a couple years ago that he can hit when he gets the chance to play. This opens up the door for him.”

The Phillies also recalled infielder Brian Bocock from triple A. Bocock was hitting .179 with a .231 slugging percentage.

Cody Ransom, who played 31 games for the Yankees in 2009 (mostly at third) is hitting .238 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs in 77 games. (He also has made 15 errors.) But Ransom has recently been bothered by a knee injury that forced him to designated hitter the last three games. He played shortstop Tuesday night for Lehigh Valley and if he proves to the Phillies he is healthy, he could be promoted shortly.

Ransom could challenge Dobbs for time at third if the Phillies don’t make a move outside the organization.

“I think you could see Ransom pretty soon,” Manuel said.