Ransom joins Phillies

Cody Ransom will join the Phillies after the team designated Brian Bocock for assignment. (Steven M. Falk / Staff file photo)

PITTSBURGH -- The Phillies have selected the contract of infielder Cody Ransom from triple A and designated Brian Bocock for assignment.

Ransom is expected to be at PNC Park in time for the game Saturday.

The utility infielder was hitting .238 in 82 games with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs. Ransom, 34, was the opening day third baseman for the Yankees in 2009 when Alex Rodriguez was injured. He posted a .190/.256/.329 line for the Yankees in only 31 games before returning to the minors.

In seven major-league seasons, Ransom is a career .233 hitter.

The Phillies likely would have brought Ransom up Tuesday instead of Bocock when they originally put Chase Utley and Placido Polanco on the disabled list. But Ransom had a knee injury and the Phillies wanted him to see a doctor and play a few games in the minors before calling him up.

Ransom won't bring very much defense. Primarily playing third for Lehigh Valley, he made 16 errors in 82 games.

In 37 spring training at-bats for the Phillies, Ransom hit .189 with three home runs.

Bocock did not appear in a game for the Phillies. He had options remaining but was designated because the Phillies needed to free up a spot on the 40-man roster, which is full.