Phillies add Carrera, designate Inciarte for assignment

Phillies add Carrera, designate Inciarte for assignment
April 2, 2013, 3:00 pm
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The Phillies on Tuesday claimed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera off waivers and designated Ender Inciarte for assignment in order to make room on the 40-man roster.

Carrera becomes the fifth outfielder on the Phillies' roster and will travel to Atlanta and be in uniform for Wednesday's game.

The native Venezuelan spent much of the 2012 season with the Indians' big league club, where he hit .272, scored 20 runs and drove in 11 in 147 at-bats.

Inciarte, who had never played above Single A, joined the Phillies as a Rule 5 pick from Arizona in December. He made the team out of spring training largely because of his defensive skill. Phillies officials wanted to retain Inciarte in the organization, but were unsuccessful in swinging a trade with Arizona.

Any team that now acquires Inciarte must keep him in the majors, or offer him back to Arizona. The Diamondbacks have indicated that they would like Inciarte back.

Even as they decided to keep Inciarte on the opening day roster, Phillies officials were looking for a more proven major league outfielder. That brought them to Carrera.

At Triple A Colombus last season, Carrera put together a 20-game hitting streak during which he hit .407.

The 25-year-old Carrera first came to the majors in 2011. In  68 games his rookie season, Carrera hit .243 and drove in 14 runs.


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