Phils Scramble To Replace Utley, Get Iguchi

Posted Jul 27, 2007

The Phillies got word that Chase Utley would be lost for four weeks and moved quickly to replace him, getting Tadahito Iguchi from the Chicago White Sox.

The Phillies didn't waste much time in deciding that they had to make a move to fill the spot vacated by Chase Utley. Even though they had purchased the contract of infielder Joe Thurston from Ottawa and designated infielder Danny Sandoval for assignment to make room for Thurston, they added another option in Tadahito Iguchi from the Chicago White Sox.

Iguchi, who is eligible for free agency at the end of the season, was hitting .251 this season for Chicago with 6 home runs and 31 RBI. While those numbers are a far cry from Utley's, the Phillies are hoping that Iguchi can at least return to his career form of being a .280 hitter who hit 33 home runs over the past two seasons with the White Sox.

To get Iguchi, the Phillies sent minor league pitcher Mike Dubee, who was 4-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 30 relief appearances with the Lakewood BlueClaws this season, to Chicago. Dubee is the son of Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee.

The Phillies and White Sox have worked together on three different trades since Pat Gillick arrived in Philadelphia. First, the Sox took Jim Thome, but left behind much of his contract, for Aaron Rowand, Daniel Haigwood and Giovany Gonzalez. This past spring they reacquired Gonzalez and Phillies pitching prospect Gavin Floyd for Freddy Garcia, who many believe was damaged goods and has missed much of the season with an injury. There have also been persistent rumors that the Sox are interested in reacquiring Rowand, who can also be a free agent at the end of the season.

Utley underwent hand surgery Friday to fix a broken bone suffered when he was hit by Nationals' left-hander John Lannan on Thursday. Utley is expected to miss four weeks.

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