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Phillies call up 'unique weapon' Quinn

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CINCINNATI -- The Phillies' bench is getting deeper.

On Friday, the Phillies recalled outfielder Roman Quinn from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It preceded the news that the Phillies acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets for pitching prospect Franklyn Kilome, who is ranked as the club's No. 10 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. Quinn will join a bench that currently includes Trevor Plouffe, Jesmuel Valentin and backup catcher Andrew Knapp. But the bench will look much different in the coming days and weeks with Cabrera's arrival and the imminent return of J.P. Crawford, who could return from a broken left hand early in August.

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CINCINNATI -- The Phillies' bench is getting deeper.

On Friday, the Phillies recalled outfielder Roman Quinn from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. It preceded the news that the Phillies acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets for pitching prospect Franklyn Kilome, who is ranked as the club's No. 10 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. Quinn will join a bench that currently includes Trevor Plouffe, Jesmuel Valentin and backup catcher Andrew Knapp. But the bench will look much different in the coming days and weeks with Cabrera's arrival and the imminent return of J.P. Crawford, who could return from a broken left hand early in August.

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A source said the Phillies remain in the market for an outfielder before Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, although the Cabrera trade means they will not force the issue. They have some interest in Orioles center fielder Adam Jones.

"I think it's fair to say that nobody has a weapon like this off the bench," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said about Quinn before Friday night's game against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. "He's a fairly unique commodity in baseball. He's an 80 [grade] runner, so there's really no one who's a whole lot faster, if there are those who are faster. He switch-hits, he plays the infield, he plays the outfield. He's a pretty unique weapon."

Quinn needed surgery earlier this season for a torn ligament in his right middle finger, which he initially injured in Spring Training. He began a rehab assignment July 19 and his quick ascension from Class A Advanced Clearwater to Double-A Reading to Triple-A to the Phillies coincided with the Phillies optioning struggling outfielder Aaron Altherr to Lehigh Valley.

Quinn is back in the big leagues for the first time since September 2016, when he was getting his feet wet on a poor team. Now, he is expected to produce on a team that entered Friday 14 games over .500 and in first place in the National League East.

"It's pretty dope, man," Quinn said. "To see most of these guys that I've played with winning, it's cool. It's everything that we've been working toward. Pretty much it started in Double-A until now. We've got just a good group of guys. I was able to keep in touch with them and Gabe. I was watching like every game when I was on rehab. It's cool to watch."

Expect Quinn to move around the outfield, start occasionally and enter the game as a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner. He can play shortstop in a pinch. Kapler made it clear that he will not save Quinn for hypothetical ninth-inning rallies, either.

If there is a moment to strike early in the game, he will use him.

"It's not dissimilar to the way we think about our best relievers," Kapler said. "We could either save them for the ninth, or we could say, 'Whoa. This is a really good opportunity for us to use [Pat] Neshek. This is a really good opportunity to use Seranthony [Dominguez].' I think when we identify a really good opportunity to use Roman, we'll use him."

"I'm pretty much down for whatever," Quinn said. "Whatever helps the team win. Whatever I need to do, I'm going to do it."

Morgan on paternity leave

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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