The Phillies placed OF Geoff Jenkins on the disabled list Saturday with a strained right hip flexor suffered while legging out an infield single Friday night. Corner infielder Andy Tracy will take Jenkins' place on the roster, and Jayson Werth is now officially what he pretty much was in fact even before the injury: the everyday right fielder. For Werth, this is both a chance to make a huge impact on the playoff race and an audition for a fulltime job next season, in either outfield corner.
At age 34, Tracy is pretty much the definition of "AAAA," a player who can help any team in the high minors but has never managed to stick in the big leagues. Today will mark his first day in a major-league uniform since 2004 with Colorado; for his career, he's a .224 major league hitter with 13 home runs in 263 at-bats. Here's his minor-league record. The Phils might have concluded that Tracy is a better pinch-hitting option off the bench than Mike Cervenak, who was up with the club earlier this summer; like Cervenak, Tracy can hit for power, but his much higher walk rate suggests a far more selective hitter. If he has a couple big knocks off the bench over the next few weeks and the Phils manage to make the postseason, it wouldn't shock me to see him on the playoff roster.