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Phillies promote Cedeno, designate Jimenez

CINCINNATI -- The Phillies on Friday selected the contract of journeyman infielder Ronny Cedeno from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Left-hander Cesar Jimenez has been designated for assignment.

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"Middle infield help," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said simply about Cedeno's promotion. "A right-handed bat. He's been swinging the bat really well. Just another infielder that can play shortstop."

The Phillies brought Cedeno, 31, to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee, but released him March 25. They re-signed him to a Minor League contract March 30. He was hitting .286/.327/.367 with one home run and 20 RBIs in 42 games for Lehigh Valley.

In 21 games since May 11, he has hit .392/.423/.527.

Cedeno has spent parts of nine seasons in the Majors with the Cubs, Mariners, Pirates, Mets, Astros and Padres. The utility infielder has compiled a .246/.289/.354 batting line with 40 homers and 239 RBIs in his big league career.

Jimenez, 29, pitched two scoreless innings over two appearances with the Phils this season.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for

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