Ty Wigginton came to the Phillies to improve their bench. He could end up being a regular in the starting lineup.
With Ryan Howard and Chase Utley injured and Placido Polanco banged up, Wigginton’s role might be significantly increased. He can fill in at first base for Howard, or at third base for Polanco. It’s also possible he’ll be in the lineup with Polanco, who can play second base.
“The way I look at it is that it’s our job to come to the yard ready to play every day, and when the manager calls upon you, help your team win the game,” Wigginton said. “That’s been my attitude whether I knew that I was starting and batting in a regular spot or whatever. It’s our job to be ready every single day and that’s been my mindset.
“I’ve never worried about playing time throughout my career. If you produce, they’re going to find a spot for you and that’s how my career has gone. Everywhere I went, they say they don’t know where or how they are going to use me — and I (still) end up getting my at-bats. It boils down to if you help your team win ball games, you’ll be in.”
Wigginton was an All-Star in 2010 with Baltimore when he had 22 homers and drove in 76 runs. He hit .242 with 15 homers and 47 RBI in 130 games with Colorado last year.
The Phillies were interested in acquiring Wigginton in 2009 before he joined the Orioles. He was thrilled to finally join them this offseason.
“I remember when I first got the call and was told I was traded over here, I don’t think I quit smiling for over two weeks,” he said. “It’s very exciting.”