Phillies catcher Hoover to get call

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Sep 012010

Phillies C Paul Hoover

September 1 Philadelphia Inquirer

Paul Hoover will be the first of what is expected to be a handful of September call-ups to boost the Phillies‘ roster during a pennant race.

Hoover, a catcher, will be the lone player to be added to the team as major-league rosters officially expand Wednesday. Hoover will serve as the team’s third catcher.

In recent weeks, Charlie Manuel has pinch-hit for his starting catcher (whether it be Carlos Ruiz or Brian Schneider) during games, so it’s not a stretch to say Hoover might be needed at some point. But mainly, he’ll provide emergency insurance.

The Phillies chose Hoover over Dane Sardinha. Both were on the big-league team earlier in the season.

“Hoover caught a little bit more in spring training,” Manuel said. “That was really close. Both did a really good job when they were up here. I feel like we know Hoover just a little bit more. We didn’t need two. That was real close.”

In six games with the Phillies earlier this season, Hoover hit .278 with two doubles and two RBIs. The 34-year-old catcher has played seven seasons in the majors.

Hoover left triple-A Lehigh Valley with an eight-game hitting streak and was hitting .385 in his last 12 games. In 77 games with the IronPigs, he hit .247 with two home runs and 21 RBIs.

Hoover was also a call-up last season. He had the game-winning single on the final day of the season in 2009, a 7-6 win over the Marlins.

The Phillies are likely to make a few more moves when the team returns home Friday. Greg Dobbs, who has struggled all season while being designated for assignment twice, will be one of those players.

One of the starters for Monday’s doubleheader against Florida also will come from the minor leagues.”

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