Ransom designated for assignment

Cody Ransom was designated for assignment to make room for Mike Sweeney. (Steven M. Falk / Staff file photo)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Infielder Cody Ransom was designated for assignment to clear space for the addition of first baseman Mike Sweeney to the 25-man roster Thursday.

Ransom hit .190 with two home runs and five RBIs. He had one of the season's most memorable hits, a pinch-hit, two-run home run to cap a wild ninth-inning comeback against the Reds on July 9.

The subtraction of Ransom means John Mayberry Jr., who was recalled Tuesday from triple-A Lehigh Valley, will stick for now. Mayberry can play the outfield and with Ross Gload possibly spending more time at first base, the Phillies decided Mayberry was more valuable to the bench than Ransom.

Sweeney has arrived in Florida and will join the Phillies after being acquired in a trade Wednesday with Seattle. He will not start Thursday, Charlie Manuel said. Instead, Gload will man first base for a second straight game.

The 40-man roster sits at 39 players.

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