Koplove Takes His Out Clause
Koplove signed a Minor League contract with the Phillies that stated he must be in the big leagues by June 1 or he can go elsehwere. He went 1-3 with a 1.14 ERA in 21 appearances with the IronPigs, so Koplove obviously feels he can get a job in somebody’s bullpen.
Unfortunately for him, even with the way he was throwing, there was not room for him unless there would have been an injury.
Righthander Gary Majewski also has a June 1 opt out clause in his contract, but there is no word if Majewski has taken his.
Charlie Manuel was asked before tonight’s game in San Diego if Manny Ramirez should play in the All-Star Game, if he gets elected as a starter: “I think if he’s elected and Major League Baseball, if that’s their procedure, then it’s fine. I think everything is fine.”
Manuel also made it clear the Phillies need to improve their rotation, and not with a bottom-of-the-rotation type of guy.
“I don’t care if it’s outside the system or inside the system, we definitely need to upgrade our pitching,” he said. “Once Myers goes out we’ve got to find somebody close to Myers. Myers is a top of rotation pithcer. We pay him a lot of money to pitch for us. And he was definitely our No. 2 pitcher. We have to find some body that can go into the rotations and replace him.”