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04/21/08 10:36 PM ET

Bohn literally shows drive to succeed

Outfielder rents car to get to Philadelphia for finale vs. Mets

DENVER -- T.J. Bohn took the long road back to the Major Leagues.


Playing for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in Syracuse, N.Y., Bohn was removed from the game in the third inning, when manager Dave Huppert told him he had been promoted.

With no flights available out of Syracuse or nearby Rochester, Bohn rented a Nissan Frontier and made the 250-mile trip. He left at 3 p.m. ET and arrived in time for Sunday's first pitch against the Mets.

At 6-foot-5 with long blond hair, Bohn has many colorful nicknames, including Thor and Ivan Drago. The outfielder should be with the Phillies until Shane Victorino returns from a strained right calf injury. Victorino is scheduled to start a rehab assignment with Class A Clearwater on Tuesday.

Bohn had a cup of coffee with Seattle in 2006, and said it didn't seem like that long ago.

"Not really, but there's definitely a gap in between," Bohn said. "It feels good to be back up here. I just want to play baseball. If I get called up, I get called up. That's great if it happens, but I'm completely happy playing Triple-A ball. As long as I have a job somewhere."

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.