Werth To All-Star Game; Coste To Houston
Jayson Werth (Photo: Nick Laham/Getty)
Jayson Werth (Photo: Nick Laham/Getty)

Posted Jul 10, 2009

With Carlos Beltran injured, Charlie Manuel reached into his own outfield for a replacement, grabbing Jayson Werth for the open spot on the All-Star roster. The Phillies also activated Raul Ibanez, which meant an exit for Chris Coste.

The Phillies became the first team in five years to send their entire outfield to the All-Star Game when Jayson Werth was chosen to fill an open roster spot. The spot opened when Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran was officially scratched from the game because of an injury.

Werth's recent performance helped his cause in gaining the spot on the All-Star Game roster. Werth has homered in four straight games and is hitting .400 (6-for-15) over his past four games.

On Thursday, outfielder Shane Victorino was added to the roster when he was chosen by the fans to fill the final roster spot for the National League squad. Left fielder Raul Ibanez was voted in as a starting outfielder in fan balloting.

Ibanez wrapped up a rehab assignment on Thursday and was activated by the Phillies on Friday, but was not in the Phillies starting lineup Friday night. Manuel said he would be in the lineup on both Saturday and Sunday and would then start in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

With Ibanez being activated, the Phillies had to make a roster move, which led to fan favorite Chris Coste being released. Thanks to former Phillies GM Ed Wade, Coste wasn't unemployed for long as Wade - now the GM of the Houston Astros - claimed him on waivers. Coste was in his fourth season with the Phillies and was hitting .245, well below his career mark of .282 as the Phillies backup catcher.

The Phillies outfielders will be joined by two of the four Phillies infielders - Chase Utley and Ryan Howard - in Tuesday's All-Star Game in St. Louis. For the second time in his career, Howard will also take part in the annual Home Run Derby.

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