Phils Add Dellucci In Deal With Texas

Insisting on getting a left-handed bat to add to the mix, the Phillies acquired David Dellucci from the Texas Rangers late Saturday night. The deal sends pitcher Robinson Tejeda and outfielder Jake Blalock to the Rangers.

Interestingly enough, an injury to Rangers' pitcher Adam Eaton - a former Phillies prospect - helped move through a deal that the Rangers and Phillies had been discussing for a couple weeks. Eaton could be sidelined for as much as three months with an injured finger and the Rangers went looking for potential help in the rotation.

The Phillies put pitcher Robinson Tejeda in the deal and the Rangers agreed on Tejeda and minor league outfielder Jake Blalock to get the deal done.

The 32 year old Dellucci gives the Phillies a fifth outfielder, who swings from the left side of the plate. It also gives them someone who could conceivably step in to play for an extended period of time should Pat Burrell's various nagging injuries force him out of action at any point. Dellucci is a career .259 hitter, who played for the Rangers the past two seasons.

Tejeda pitched in the majors for the Phillies last season, but lost out on winning a roster spot this spring. Blalock, who played at Clearwater last season, will now be in the same organization as his older brother Hank, who is the Rangers' starting third baseman.

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