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09/16/08 9:05 PM ET
Jenkins accepts role off Phillies bench
Phils right fielder will pinch-hit, need runner; Werth is starter
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Geoff Jenkins and manager Charlie Manuel chatted amicably around the batting cage during early batting practice at Turner Field. At no point during the conversation did Jenkins appear to ask, "Am I still on the team?" The right fielder returned Sept. 10 from a strained hip flexor muscle sustained running to first base on Aug. 22. Since rosters expanded in September, the Phillies activated him as a pinch-hitter only, knowing he'd need a pinch-runner if he got on base. Jenkins is batting .246 with nine homers, but has had only 284 at-bats. He said Tuesday that he's ready to play the field, a job that has gone to the hot-hitting Jayson Werth. Jenkins said he understands. "When your number is called, you try and help, no matter what that fraction may be, whether it's starting, pitching, defense."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.