Phillies Add Kendrick, Keep Brown, Dropps Dobbs
They added Kyle Kendrick as the 11th pitcher, kept Domonic Brown and dropped Greg Dobbs.
“It’s great,” Brown said, who went 0 for 1 and scored a run in the NLDS. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to be on the roster, but it has turned into another great experience for me.”
Ruben Amaro Jr. said manager Charlie Manuel made the final decision. He said Manuel felt Brown “would bring a little bit more to the table. It was a tough decision. Charlie ultimately felt like it was the right thing for us to do.”
Brown hit .210 (13 for 62) with three doubles, two home runs and 13 RBIs during the regular season. Dobbs hit .198 (32 for 163) with seven doubles, five home runs and 15 RBIs. Manuel said Brown’s and Dobbs’ offense was equal. He said Brown’s speed was an advantage over Dobbs, although he said Dobbs’ experience and ability to play the infield were important.
Not important enough.
“I thought that maybe my postseason experience and how well I’ve done in the postseason might play a role in it,” Dobbs said. “Being an older veteran, more experienced, more versatile, I thought that would play in my favor. Obviously, it did not.”
Dobbs, who the Phillies designated for assignment twice this season, never appeared in the NLDS. That might have hurt him, along with the fact Amaro said shortstop Jimmy Rollins (right hamstring) and third baseman Placido Polanco (back soreness) are healthy. If there were concerns about Polanco’s back, they might have kept Dobbs because he’s able to play third base.
“I’ve been working harder than ever on my swing to get it right, so if I get that opportunity I’ll make the most of it,” Dobbs said. “But if you don’t get the opportunity there’s no way you can prove anything. You can all the swings in the cage you want, take all the BP you want, take all the drills you want, they don’t care. It’s not going to make any difference.”
Kendrick joins the roster as the long man. Joe Blanton served that role in the NL Division Series because the Phillies only needed to use three starters. But with Blanton scheduled to pitch Game 4 in San Francisco, they need a new one.
“I’m excited,” Kendrick said. “I’m happy to have a chance to help the team win.”
Kendrick was upset when he learned he did not make the NLDS roster, but he said Friday he understood the decision.
“Almost every year the fifth starter is off the roster,” Kendrick said. “They told me about Jason Marquis getting left off the roster (with St. Louis in 2005) and Barry Zito this year. I understand. It’s frustrating because you’re here the whole year and you work so hard to get to this spot and you can’t help your team out. That’s the only thing about it. I know it’s personal. I understand how it works. It’s just frustrating you can’t help your team out.”
Dobbs, catcher Paul Hoover and pitchers Danys Baez, David Herndon and Jamie Moyer will travel with the club.