With the season over in Lehigh Valley and winding down in Reading, the Phils have added two more reinforcements, summoning lefty reliever Sergio Escalona (he’ll help with Scott Eyre banged up), and lefty-hitting veteran first baseman Andy Tracy. In an aside that ends one of 2009’s minor storylines, Rodrigo Lopez was released to make room for Tracy on the 40-man.
Greg Dobbs is expected to return soon, but with him rusty and Matt Stairs deeply slumping, Tracy gives the Phils some lefty pop off the bench.
In six games with the Phillies this season, the 25-year-old Escalona is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA and has limited left-handed hitters to a .143 average (1-for-7). Escalona finished the minor league portion of his season at 2-3 with 14 saves and a 3.13 ERA in a combined 47 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley.
Tracy, 35, hit .254 with 26 home runs and 96 RBI in 129 games for Lehigh Valley. He finished second in the International League in both home runs and RBI. Tracy appeared in four games for the Phillies last season.