Phils bolster bench, acquire Tucker

Phils bolster bench, acquire Tucker

PHOENIX -- The Phillies beefed up their bench Saturday, acquiring veteran outfielder Michael Tucker from the San Francisco Giants.

The Phillies, who also received $50,000 in the deal, sent Minor League pitcher Kelvin Pichardo to San Francisco in exchange for the 12-year veteran. Tucker hit .241 with five home runs, 32 runs and 33 RBIs in 249 at-bats for San Francisco this year.

Tucker gives the Phillies a potent left-handed stick off the bench. He also has good speed and can play all of the outfield positions.

"We feel it is beneficial for us to get a professional hitter like Michael Tucker," assistant general manager Ruben Amaro said after Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Diamondbacks. "Obviously, we wanted to get something done before [Aug.] 31 so he has an opportunity to help us in the postseason."

The team doesn't have to make a roster move until Sunday to make room for Tucker on the 25- or 40-man roster.

Todd Pratt said the Tucker will be welcomed into the Phillies' locker room.

"He's a good left-handed hitter with pop," Pratt said. "He'll give us a veteran presence and provide some experience."

With six hits 41 at-bats, Tucker has had a tough month after seeing his playing time decreased when the Giants acquired Randy Winn from Seattle at the non-waiver trade deadline.

The 34-year-old Tucker is a .257 career hitter and a .243 hitter in the postseason. He participated in the playoffs with Atlanta in 1997 and 1998.

The right-handed Pichardo was 3-2 with a 4.17 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) for the Gulf Coast Phillies.

Jason Skoda is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.