WASHINGTON — The St. Louis Cardinals replaced Edmundo Sosa with the Philadelphia Phillies for left-hander Jojo Romero on Saturday, and short-stop Paul DeGong will energize the taxi squad.
DeJong was the All-Star of 2019, demoted to Triple-A Memphis in May after hitting 0.130 with one home run in 24 games. The 28-year-old may have rediscovered his punch in the minors, hitting 17 home runs with an average hitting 249 in 51 games.
He hit 366 with six home runs in the July 11 games, including one home run in each of his last three games with the Memphis Redbirds. He is expected to be with the Cardinals for their game Saturday night in Washington.
Sosa is an accomplished defender, giving Velez the poor pitcher a potential upgrade on the field. The 26-year-old has struggled at the plate, scoring 189 without Homer in 53 games this season.
Sosa was expected to join Philadelphia late Saturday night in Pittsburgh and may be available on Sunday. Rob Thompson, manager of the Phillies, expects to use Sosa as an assist player who has a chance to start when Philadelphia faces a left-handed bowler.
“He’s a really good defender,” Thompson said. “He plays second, short, third. Yes, he’s a plus player, as well as a defender anywhere he plays, and he can run.”
Sosa’s arrival and the imminent return of striker Jean Segura – who is recovering from a broken right index finger and will be eligible for exit from the injury list for 60 days on Sunday – will create a crisis in the central region.
The team will have to make a move to put Sosa on the roster, and another when Segura returns. Thompson said Segura won’t be at major companies on Sunday, although the Phillies have a day off on Monday, the day before the trade deadline.
Thompson gave veteran Deedee Gregory a vote of confidence, praising his defense even as he squabbled at the plate. Gregorius came in on Saturday scoring 0.218 with one home run and 19 RBI in 59 games.
“The only thing Diddy does is he plays his backround in a nutshell,” Thompson said. “He plays plays and attacks balls. His glove work is very good. He’s better than I’ve seen since his (New York) Yankee days. He moves really well.”
The 25-year-old Romero has played in parts of three major league seasons, including two doubles appearances this year with three runs allowed in two rounds. He has a 7.89 ERA in the majors. St. Louis assigned Romero to Triple-A.
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