Iguchi dons Phillies garb, fills in for Utley


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Tadahito Iguchi looked down at his new jersey, turned to his interpreter and smiled. The Philadelphia Phillies new second baseman already enjoys his new home.

“I’m very excited to join the Phillies and I’m starting to like my red uniform,” Iguchi said through interpreter David Yamamoto.

Iguchi was in the starting lineup and batting seventh against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.

The Phillies traded a minor league pitcher to the Chicago White Sox to get Iguchi on Friday, hours after All-Star Chase Utley had surgery on his broken right ring finger.

Iguchi batted .251 this season with 17 doubles, four triples, six home runs and 31 RBIs in 90 games for the White Sox. He is a career .273 hitter with 39 home runs, 169 RBIs and 216 runs scored in three seasons in Chicago.

Utley was struck by a pitch in the fifth inning on Thursday.