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Rupp says it's 'dream come true' to be in Majors

Rupp says it's 'dream come true' to be in Majors

Rupp says it's 'dream come true' to be in Majors

PHILADELPHIA -- It has been quite a trip for Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp.

Rupp spent the entire 2012 season with Class A Clearwater, and entered this season behind Tommy Joseph and Sebastian Valle on the organizational depth chart. But he earned a promotion from Double-A Reading to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after Joseph suffered a concussion, and Rupp took advantage of the opportunity.

He joined the Phillies before Tuesday's game against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park, one of six September callups from Triple-A. He is a candidate to be on the Phillies' bench next season as the backup catcher.

"It's the dream I've had since I could pick up a baseball," Rupp said. "It's a dream come true."

Rupp should get a chance to play this month, too.

"All of the guys are here to get a look," Phillies interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I was told he was one of the most improved players in the Minor Leagues. He really came a long way. Personally, I want to see where he's at, what he can do."

That is fine with Rupp.

"Obviously, I wanted to get here as fast as I could," he said. "But I just wanted to go out and take advantage of the opportunities I was given and come out and play every day."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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