Utility infielder Andres Blanco has been a steady player for the Phillies this season and has done a nice job coming off the bench. He's also credited with helping young players, including Maikel Franco, adjust to life in the majors. Unfortunately, he'll be on the shelf for a while with a fractured index finger on his left hand, which he suffered in Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. Blanco was injured when Gregory Polanco slid into third in the fifth inning of Sunday's loss to the Pirates. Blanco, who is hitting .271 and has played in 75 games with the Phillies this season, was starting in place of Franco, who was hit by a pitch in Friday night's game and hasn't played since.
On Monday, the Phillies placed Blanco on the 15-day DL, but he may be out longer, especially if it's decided that he needs surgery to correct the fracture. To take Blanco's place on the roster, the Phillies recalled Taylor Featherston from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Like Blanco, Featherston can play all around the infield, having played at third, second and short for the IronPigs. Featherston also has major league time, having spent last season with the Angels after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs in a trade following the 2014 Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs had selected Featherston from the Colorado Rockies and accepted a cash deal to send him to the Angels.
Featherston, 26, hit just .162 in 101 games with the Angels last season. The Phillies acquired him for cash or a player to be named later during the offseason. Current Phillies GM Matt Klentak was an assistant GM with the Angels last season when Featherston was with the club.
Valentin was hitting .276 in 89 games with the Fightins, having played primarily at second base, but also seeing some time at short. The son of former major leaguer Jose Valentin, was originally drafted by the Dodgers with the 51st overall pick in the 2012 Draft and was acquired by the Phillies along with pitcher Victor Arano for pitcher Roberto Hernandez in August of 2014.
Kingery, 22, was drafted in the second round of last year's draft out of the University of Arizona. In 94 games with Clearwater this season, Kingery was batting .293 and had stolen 26 bases while being caught just five times. Last season, Kingery played at Lakewood and hit .250 in 66 games with the BlueClaws.
No replacement was named for Kingery's roster spot with Clearwater.
Also moving from Clearwater to Reading is right-hander Jimmy Cordero, who was opened the season on the DL and was just activated on July 11 and assigned to the Threshers. The 24-year old pitched in 13 games with a 2.12 ERA with the Fightins last season after being acquired from Toronto in the deal that sent Ben Revere to the Blue Jays.
Outfielder Aaron Altherr, who is on a rehab assignment, was moved from Reading to Lehigh Valley on Monday, as well.