Sherrill passes on swinging in first at-bat

Sherrill passes on swinging in first at-bat

PHILADELPHIA -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre let George Sherrill come to bat in the ninth inning Tuesday night and he walked on four pitches, but it's inaccurate to say Sherrill was batting.

"I wasn't going to swing," said Sherrill, who was making his first plate appearance in seven Major League seasons.

Then why bother even taking a bat?

"Just in case," he said. "It's against the rules not to take a bat up there. Even Eddie Gaedel [a midget who walked on four pitches in a 1951 game] took a bat up there."

Sherrill said he doesn't take any batting practice since suffering a rib-cage twinge in Colorado.

So, how did it feel?

"Awkward," he said. "I had one at-bat in college. Fouled one off, called out on strikes, but it was a ball. It's been since high school since I hit."

And what did Phillies reliever J.C. Romero think about walking the opposing pitcher on four pitches?

"That was embarrassing," Romero said. "I don't remember the last time I was that embarrassed."