I was picked because I'm pretty good with the stick—a sort of pinch hitter.
McRae was no longer content to use Joe simply as a pinch hitter.
No clubs would be clamoring for his services as a pinch hitter.
Don't be afraid to put me in as a pinch hitter for this organization.
I may need you later, Joe, he said as he arranged to send in a pinch hitter at a critical moment.