Scott Boras shoots down rumor about Rick Ankiel possibly pitching again

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Earlier this week Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch passed along a rumor that Rick Ankiel “is open to giving pitching one last shot since his market as a position player appears minimal.”

Not so fast, says Ankiel’s agent, Scott Boras (via Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports): “Rick Ankiel is a position player. He’s not pitching.”

We’ll see whether Boras and Ankiel change their minds if the market for him as an outfielder proves extremely weak, as expected. Ankiel has basically had one good full season as a hitter, back in 2008, and since then he’s hit just .234 with a .295 on-base percentage and .383 slugging percentage in 386 games.

At age 33 it’s hard to imagine any team giving him more than a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training as an outfielder.

Phillies place Jay Bruce on the IL, recall Nick Williams

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The Phillies have placed outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He sustained the injury during a plate appearance in the third inning of last night’s game against the Dodgers. The team expects Bruce to miss at least three weeks.

With Bruce gone so too goes his power — he has 24 homers on the year — and they will try to replace some of it with Nick Williams. Williams has struggled at the big league level but is hitting .345/.403/.628 with six home runs in 28 games at Triple-A this year.