Pirates send IF Hernandez across state to Phillies

CHICAGO -- The Philadelphia Phillies traded for utility
infielder Jose Hernandez Tuesday, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates
cash in the deal.

With Aaron Rowand likely out for the season with a broken left
ankle, the Phillies wanted to acquire another right-handed hitter.
The 37-year-old Hernandez was flying to Chicago from Atlanta and
would be available Wednesday, assistant general manager Ruben Amaro
Jr. said.

"He's a veteran right-handed bat who can drive the ball out of
the ballpark," Amaro said. "He can play a variety of positions.
We are pretty pleased at this time to get a guy of this caliber."

Hernandez hit .267 with two homers and 12 RBI in 67 games with
the Pirates. He made 10 starts at first base and six at shortstop
while also starting at second base, third base and right field. The
Phillies expect Hernandez to fill a back-up role.

"He's more or less going to be a guy who will give us some
protection and some pinch-hitting with some power," Amaro said.

Just 2½ games behind Cincinnati in the NL wild card race,
going into Tuesday's game, the Phillies might not be done making
moves, Amaro said.

"We're going to continue to look at what's available," he
said. "We're in a variety of discussions with a couple of
different teams. So we'll see if we can get something else done."

The Phillies also recalled infielder Joe Thurston and outfielder
Michael Bourn from Triple-A to fill two available roster spots.

Rowand officially went on the 15-day DL Tuesday after colliding
with second baseman Chase Utley in the eighth inning of Monday's
game, a 6-5 Phillies victory.

Closer Tom Gordon went on the 15-day DL after Monday's game,
retroactive to Aug. 13.

Bourn made his major league debut on July 30, getting one at-bat
against the Marlins. Thurston last appeared in the majors in 2004
with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has played 37 games over parts of
three seasons.

The Pirates planned to replace Hernandez on their active roster
before Wednesday night's game. The trade left the team one man
short for Tuesday night's game against the Atlanta Braves.