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Phillies add Jimmy Paredes to under-performing bench mix

The Phillies' pinch hitters have batted a collective .133 with a .195 on-base percentage and .213 slugging percentage, so an upgrade might not be difficult to obtain.

They will try veteran Jimmy Paredes, who has already been designated for assignment by two teams this season. The Phillies purchased him Wednesday from Toronto.

Paredes, 27, has a career .667 OPS in 256 games over six seasons with four teams. He plays third base, second base and the corner outfield spots.

To make room for Paredes, the Phillies designated for assignment Emmanuel Burriss, who batted .121 with a .407 OPS in 36 plate appearances.

Last season, Paredes was a regular presence for Baltimore. He played in 104 games and hit 10 homers with 17 doubles. He struck out 111 times in those 104 games, 86 of which were starts.

The Phillies are likely to make another move Thursday when Cody Asche's minor-league rehab assignment expires.