Phillies acquire SS Edmundo Sosa in business with Cardinals – Greeley Tribune

WASHINGTON (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals traded shortstop Edmundo Sosa to the Philadelphia Phillies for left-hander Jojo Romero on Saturday and will activate shortstop Paul Djong from the taxi squad.

An All-Star in 2019, DeJong was demoted to Triple-A Memphis in May after hitting .130 with one home run in 24 games. The 28-year-old may have rediscovered his power stroke in the minors, slamming 17 homers in 51 games with a batting average of 249.

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He scored .366 runs in the July 11 games with six home runs, including home runs in each of his last three games with the Memphis Redbirds. He is expected to be with the Cardinals for their game in Washington on Saturday night.

Sosa is a cunning defender, who poorly fielding gives the Phillies a potential upgrade in the field. The 26-year-old has struggled at the plate this season, scoring .189 runs in 53 matches without a homer.

Sosa was expected to join Philadelphia late Saturday in Pittsburgh and possibly be available on Sunday. Phillies manager Rob Thomson hopes to use Sosa as a utility player when Philadelphia face a left-handed pitcher.

“He’s a really good keeper,” Thomson said. “He plays second, younger, third. Yes, he is a plus, plus a defender wherever he plays, and he can run.”

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The arrival of Sousa and the imminent return of shortstop Jean Segura – who is on rehab with a broken right index finger and will qualify to come off the 60-day injured list on Sunday – will create a crisis in the central region.

The team will have to take one step to keep Sosa on the roster, and another whenever Segura returns. Thomson said Segura would not be at the Majors on Sunday, although the Phillies have a day off on Monday, a day before the trade deadline.

Thomson gave veteran shortstop Didi Gregorius a vote of confidence, praising his defence, even as he scrambled to the plate. Gregorius entered Saturday at .218 with a home run and 19 RBIs from 59 games.

“The one thing Diddy is doing is playing her back end on the short,” Thomson said. “He’s pretending, hitting the balls. His glovework is great. It’s better than what I’ve seen from his (New York) Yankee days. He’s doing really well.”

Romero, 25, has pitched in parts of three big league seasons, including two relief appearances this year, allowing three runs in two innings. He has a 7.89 ERA in his majors. St. Louis assigned Romero to Triple-A.

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