NEW YORK — The Phillies sought a replacement infielder once they decided it was time for Freddy Galvis to regain his confidence in the minors. Reid Brignac happened to bash three homers in the previous two days. The veteran earned a promotion Friday from triple-A Lehigh Valley.
"He's been the hot bat lately from the left side," Ryne Sandberg said. "He's also a veteran infielder who can cover some spots."
Brignac is not a power hitter; he has three homers in 154 major-league games since 2011. The former second-round pick never duplicated a decent 2010 season with Tampa Bay in which he hit eight homers with a .692 OPS.
The 28-year-old Brignac can play all four infield positions. Sandberg said the team opted to keep Cesar Hernandez at double-A Reading because of growing pains in his experiments at third base and shortstop.
Galvis, 2 for 42 this season, will play shortstop every day for Lehigh Valley.
"I missed a lot of at-bats," Galvis said. "That's why I'm going down, to get my at-bats, try to get my approach and try to swing the bat better. I don't feel sad."