WASHINGTON (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals traded shortstop Edmondo Sosa to the Philadelphia Phillies for left-hander Jojo Romero on Saturday and will activate shortstop Paul Djong from the taxi squad.
An All-Star in 2019, DeJong was demoted to Triple-A Memphis in May after hitting .130 with one home run in 24 games. The 28-year-old may have rediscovered his power stroke in the minors, slamming 17 homers in 51 games with a batting average of 249.
He scored .366 runs in the July 11 games with six home runs, including home runs in each of his last three games with the Memphis Redbirds. He is expected to be with the Cardinals for their game in Washington on Saturday night.
Sosa is a cunning defender, who poorly fielding gives the Phillies a potential upgrade in the field. The 26-year-old has struggled at the plate this season, scoring .189 runs in 53 matches without a homer.
Romero, 25, has pitched in parts of three big league seasons, including two relief appearances this year, allowing three runs in two innings. He has a 7.89 ERA in his majors. St. Louis assigned Romero to Triple-A.
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