Getting Some Postseason Flexibility

ennis.jpgThe Phillies made a roster move today that offers them flexibility in the postseason.

They purchased the contract of injured right-hander John Ennis and immediately placed him on the 15-day disabled list. To make room for Ennis on the 40-man roster, they designated infielder Brad Harman for assignment.

Here is why they did it: Any player who is on the active 25-man roster or disabled list on Aug. 31 is eligible for the postseason. In this case, the Phillies have 31 players eligible for the postseason because Brett Myers, J.C. Romero, Clay Condrey, Greg Dobbs, Antonio Bastardo and Ennis are on the disabled list.

Myers, Romero, Condrey, Dobbs and Bastardo are expected to be healthy and playing before the end of the regular season. Ennis is recovering from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery April 21. He won’t be healthy. But his presence on the DL allows the Phillies to add any player that is in the organization on Aug. 31 to the postseason roster.

That is how left-hander J.A. Happ made the postseason roster last year. Pitchers Scott Mathieson and Mike Zagruski were on the 60-day disabled list, which allowed the Phillies to take Happ, who was a September call up.

Ennis certainly doesn’t mind. He is now making a big-league salary and earning service time for just sitting on the DL for the rest of the season. Not bad.


Myers is expected to make rehab appearances Tuesday and Wednesday for Triple A Lehigh Valley. If they go well, he could join the Phillies bullpen before the end of the week.

Condrey and Bastardo both made rehab appearances Monday for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies. Condrey allowed one hit and struck out one in one scoreless inning. Bastardo walked one in one scoreless inning.

Dobbs continues to rehab in Clearwater, Fla., and Romero could throw a bullpen session with the Phillies on Tuesday.


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Clever, Rube.

Continuing the RISP discussion from the previous thread, I was thinking that maybe the Phillies’ recent RISP woes were due to a lot of the RISP situations falling to our weaker hitters. So I did a bit of Excel work with the play logs from Fangraphs and this is what I found. The first number is the player’s plate appearances with RISP in August (when the RISP problems started), the second number is total plate appearances in August, and the third number is the resulting percentage:

Rollins: 30/120 (25%)
Victorino: 23/110 (21%)
Utley: 34/112 (30%)
Howard: 37/118 (31%)
Ibanez: 25/98 (25%)
Werth: 23/105 (22%)
Feliz: 23/106 (22%)
Ruiz: 18/71 (25%)

Bench: 25/115 (22%)
Pitchers: 19/70 (27%)

So it seems like a lot of the PAs w/ RISP are going to the weaker hitters, but I can’t know for sure how far off this is without looking at league averages per batting order slot, or something similar. Still, it’s a bit enlightening.

As others have said though, relying on the HR is not such a big deal when you hit as many as the Phillies do. It’s just how the Phillies are.

Ignore this post:


Is it just me or does Ennis look a lot like Howdy Doody? Did I just totally give away my age? Oh well! Scary photo…really scary.


phylan: The numbers look pretty consistent to me. Most guys between 22 and 25 percent regardless of the number of opportunities. Since great hitters hit 30% overall, the RISP numbers don’t look so bad. Like you said, it’s hard to tell until you look at the league-wide numbers.
With this team, I guess it’s all about the home run ball. Guys are in scoring position at the plate.
It’s rough to rely on the HR ball, but I remember Phillies teams that needed 3 base hits to score a run.

Besides leading the league in HRs, the Phillies are also fairly high in the league in doubles as well. Last time I looked they were fifth in doubles.

I’m not quite clear on how signing Ennis and putting him on the DL is helpful for the Phils. I understand that when Ennis is on the DL he will be eligible to play in the postseason, but it sounds as if he will not be ready to pitch even in October. Does signing him somehow open up another spot on the postseason roster?

jfish: If a player on the roster (25 man) and is on the DL during the post season, the team can replace him with another player from within the orgainzation. In other words, if, for sakes of argument, Mayberry comes up and starts hitting up a storm, and Charlie wants him off the bench in the post season, he can take Ellis’ place and be eligible, which he isn’t otherwise.

FYI: In other trade news….Jim Thome is back in the NL now with the Dodgers.

I saw that, karen. Got to give the Dogers credit. They went out and got a top releiver at the deadline, a known starter and bench player now. They are getting ready to stake their claim.

I still feel we’re better, though they have improved by these moves. I feel sorry for Thorme who is sticking around only to hit HRs and move up on the all time list. he’ll get considerably fewer ABs now then he was as the DH (though in the WS he would be the obvious DH for away games.) Read where he called the Dogers adn told them frankly that he was unable physically to play the field including 1B.

That photo is terrible or else he looks like he’s made out of rubber. Or maybe he’s an alien wearing Ennis’ skin as a human suit.

It’s weird that Ennis will be able to help the Phils without actually ever pitching. It’s equally weird that a pitcher who can’t actually pitch this season can be activated to the 25-man roster and bounced on to the DL. This system makes intelligent people wonder who is making the rules in MLB and what’s the point of having rules if the loopholes are so big you can drive a semi through them?

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