Brad Lidge Sent to DL; Paul Bako Called Up
Paul Bako? What? Really? Paul Bako?
Apparently, that is not a typo. Brad Lidge has been put on the disabled list — finally — and catcher Paul Bako has been called up. What this means is that Chris Coste will not be catching that much if at all. Instead, Coste will be used as a right-handed pinch-hitter.
Bako had a .753 OPS in 43 at-bats (10 games) with the AA Reading Phillies. He had 15 hits of which only one went for extra bases. Defensively, Bako has had decent numbers in his career throwing out base runners. Last year, he threw out runners at a clip approaching 27%. Coste was at 15.4% last year and Ruiz 17.7%.
In his 12-year career, Bako has played for the Tigers, Astros, Braves, Brewers, Cubs, Dodgers, Royals, Orioles, and Reds. The Phillies would be his tenth team.