CINCINNATI -- The Phillies added some bench help before Wednesday's waiver trade deadline.
They acquired left-handed-hitting outfielder John Bowker from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named or cash considerations. To make room for Bowker on the 25-man roster, the Phillies optioned right-hander Michael Schwimer to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. They placed Jose Contreras on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Bowker on the 40-man roster.
Bowker is expected to be in uniform for Wednesday night's game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. He will wear No. 16
The Phillies had been looking for a left-handed bat for some time, especially with Ross Gload nursing a hip injury. They had hoped to land Jim Thome, but he recently went to the Cleveland Indians. Bowker, 28, played just 19 games for Pittsburgh this season, hitting .235 with two RBIs, but he batted .306 with 15 homers and 76 RBIs in 421 at-bats with Triple-A Indianapolis.
He has played first base, left field and right field in parts of four big league seasons with San Francisco and Pittsburgh. He is a .301 career hitter (22-for-73) as a pinch-hitter.