Off Season 11/25/09

Jamie Moyer was sent back to the hospital after reoccurring symptoms from his groin injury back in September according to Todd Zoleckia via Twitter. Moyer tore his groin when trying to field a ground ball back in September.

Also according to Zolecki, the Phillies signed outfielder DeWayne Wise and infielder Wilson Valdez to minor league contracts and also brought back catcher Paul Hoover and infielder Andy Tracy to minor league contracts.

Zolecki had this to say on these four guys:

• Outfielder DeWayne Wise, who preserved Mark Buehrle’s perfect game in July with a leaping catch at the wall in the ninth inning at U.S. Cellular Field, hit .225 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 142 at-bats last season for the Chicago White Sox. He is a .216 career hitter in seven seasons in the Majors.

• Infielder Wilson Valdez, who hit .256 with seven RBIs in 86 at-bats for the New York Mets. He is a career .222 in four seasons in the Majors.

• Infielder Andy Tracy, who hit .417 in 12 at-bats for the Phillies.

• Catcher Paul Hoover, who had three hits in four at-bats in three games for the Phillies.

I doubt Hoover was the answer to the Phillies back-up catching problems. Tracy didn’t play that much either and won’t be a huge factor either. Both he and Hoover are in their mid-30’s and are insurance guys.

Wise is 31 but is an exceptional fielder. He may make the team as a late-inning defensive substitution so Ben Francisco can be used in pinch-hitting situations. Valdez will likely play a similar role to the first two.

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