Harman Excited About Call From Phils

When the Phillies looked around for an infielder to replace the injured Jimmy Rollins, they came up with Brad Harman. It turns out Harman was as shocked as anybody by the opportunity.

Brad Harman was still sort of settling in at Double-A Reading. His slow start was turning around and he had lifted his average about 50 points in just five games, so he was feeling pretty good about how things were going for him. Then, the phone rang and a wave of shock came across him.

The 22 year old had finished an afternoon game against the Norwich Defenders in Connecticut when he found out he was going to the majors. Actually, he was contemplating how best to spend a night off in Norwich, Connecticut when Reading manager P.J. Forbes showed up to give him the news. From there, it was a flight to Philadelphia and an impressive first walk up to Citizens Bank Park. "I walked up to the stadium to have a look at the field. It's an exciting time," admitted Harman, who was hitting .222 in his first season at the Double-A level.

Rollins, who hadn't played since April 8th against the Mets, seemed to be getting closer to returning to the lineup. He even showed up as a pinch-hitter in a key spot against the Mets on Saturday, but after the game, it became obvious that he wasn't ready to play and wound up on the disabled list for the first time in his career. The Phillies options were somewhat limited; Harman is the only infielder on the 40 man roster who wasn't with the big league club and the Phillies weren't overly sold on their other options. Those options included veteran infielder Chris Woodward, who is hitting .260 at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and might have figured to be the first one to get the call. Brennan King and Andy Tracy, both also playing at Lehigh Valley, would have been other options. Had he been healthy, Reading shortstop Jason Donald would have probably gotten the nod over Harman, but he's been out for almost a week nursing an injured finger, taking him out of consideration.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was impressed with Harman in camp and figures on using him. "I'll play him," said Manuel confidently when talking about whether he felt comfortable with Harman on the club. "I wouldn't mind putting him in. He looks like he's got a chance to be a pretty good player."

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