The Phillies announced on Thursday they have optioned starting pitcher David Buchanan to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and have called up outfielder Grady Sizemore. To make room for Sizemore on the 40-man roster, Cliff Lee was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
The move will allow Buchanan to remain on a pitching schedule over the All-Star Break. Buchanan allowed one run over seven innings while earning his fifth victory of the season on Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Sizemore, 31, has missed significant time over the last two seasons including the entire 2012 and 2013 seasons due to injuries and subsequent surgeries. He attempted a comeback with the Boston Red Sox this season batting .216/.288/.324 with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 52 games before being designated for assignment.
In 10 games with the Iron Pigs, Sizemore was batting .289/.360/.378 with one home run, two RBIs and five runs scored.
Sizemore was elected to the All Star Game three times from 2006-2008 with the Cleveland Indians with his best season coming in 2008 when he batted .268/.374/.502 with 33 home runs and 90 RBIs.
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