Condrey to DL

condrey 0524.jpgIt looks like the Phillies have lost another relief pitcher to the disabled list.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told me tonight that right-hander Clay Condrey likely is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Condrey had tests on the oblique yesterday.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said last week that Condrey had been bothered with back problems. I asked Condrey about it, but he downplayed the injury. But back injury or oblique injury, it certainly would help explain why Condrey has struggled recently. Condrey, who is 4-2 with a 3.71 ERA, was 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA in his first 31 appearances this season. He is 0-1 with a 162.00 ERA (six earned runs in 1/3 inning) in his last two appearances.

Left-hander Sergio Escalona is likely to take Condrey’s place.

Amaro said an official decision on Condrey won’t be made until tomorrow.

The Phillies already have closer Brad Lidge and left-hander Scott Eyre on the DL. Lidge could rejoin the team this week.


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And the hits just keep on comin’……..

Any more good news? The Phillies went without major injuries for the most part last year, but now their making up for lost time! The ALS Phestival was nice out there tonight at the ballpark. I managed to get the Mrs. a signed Cole Hamels ball inside a nice ‘grab bag’ that you could buy there. I highly recommend a trip to the ALS Phestival for any Phillies fan. They had photo booths set up with Charlie Manuel, the World Series trophies from 1980 and 2008 and much, much, more. This a worth while event for a great cause. We had such a fun time, we can’t wait for next year’s charity event. For the folks with deep pockets, you could participate in the silent auctions for signed jerseys, awesome memorabilia that was signed, a very nice event and the weather cooperated greatly. Look for my post on this soon, in my blog…

You’ve gotta be freakin’ kidding me!!!!

On a happier note…….I won a game-used ball at Phillies Phest tonight! And ran into Michael Barkann, AGAIN! This time, he found me, so please no accusations of stalking. LOL!

Let’s hope this is the last DL for the season. Hope Lidge and Howard are on the mend and will be back with the team real soon!

Glad everyone had a good time at the Phestival. I saw Happ and Mayberry and Charlie interviewed on DNL. Charlie thought it might be a nice diversion for the team.

The ALS Phestival is a wonderful thing and it is something that they always have on their schedule. But I would suggest that there are multiple additional things that the players have been doing since they won the World F’ing Championship that is distracting them from their play at home. They are probably doing many charitable things (and other things to make a few extra bucks) that they weren’t doing in the past. When they are on the road they can concentrate on just baseball. They have to get back to that and get rid of the distractions at home. JMO.

Is anyone else bothered by the fact that a lot of the injured players hide their injuries until they have caused the team to lose? I can understand the desire to be there for your teammates, which is the best indicator of a TEAM-PLAYER. My qualm is that if you really care about helping your teammates win, why would you risk that with your compromised abilities? And why doesn’t Dubee pick up on the change in delivery or lower arm slot and get the pitcher to ‘fess up earlier? If the current pattern of unfolding injuries holds true, Ryan Madson will be the next pitcher to go on the DL, and we will learn that his problems began the game before his first blown save, but he has been valiantly trying to pitchthrough them. I hope I’m wrong…..

I have said it over, and over, and over again……..There’s a fine line between not helping the team, and actually hurting the team.

I don’t think Madson is hurt. I think Madson’s problem is the difference between being a setup guy and closer. There is a huge difference mentally and he won’t just let it fly because there is no safety net for a closer. He’s trying to be too fine and can’t throw the fastball at 94-97 like he could as a setup guy. It’s a learning experience. Suffice it to say that we need Brad Lidge back as the 2008 Brad Lidge.

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