pinch-hit

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pinch-hit

1. In baseball or softball, to bat in place of another player. Let Ben pinch-hit—he's a better hitter than Paul, and you really need to knock in some runs here.
2. By extension, to substitute for or replace another person in any endeavor. I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon, so I need you to pinch-hit for me on the conference call.

pinch-hit for someone

 
1. Fig. to bat for someone else in a baseball game. Wally Wilson will pinch-hit for Gary Franklin. Rodney Jones is pinch-hitting for Babe DiMaggio.
2. Fig. to substitute for someone in any situation. Bart will pinch-hit for Fred, who is at another meeting today. Who will pinch-hit for me while I am on vacation?
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Behind Martinez, the Dodgers had Kent, Nomar Garciaparra and pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo, who either would hit for himself or be pinch hit for by another pitcher because manager Grady Little had long since exhausted his bench.
Phillips was available to pinch hit Sunday, but wasn't needed.
Kent update: As for Kent's injury, he appeared to be improving on Thursday, although he still was available only to pinch hit.
Steve Finley (sore right hamstring) didn't start for the fourth consecutive game but pinch hit in the ninth.
Anderson was available to pinch hit and should be able to serve as the designated hitter today.
The lumbering veteran who can play first and third base but mostly just pinch hits is now batting .