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A Crowded DL: Been There, Done That

The injuries are piling up for the Phillies, although Ruben Amaro Jr. said last night Carlos Ruiz won’t be placed on the DL today because of a back problem.

That doesn’t mean it won’t happen. It just won’t happen today. But the DL already is crowded with Chase Utley, Brad Lidge, Jose Contreras, Joe Blanton, J.C. Romero, Domonic Brown and Brian Bocock

The Phillies should be used to this. I pictured players checking their iPads or phones last night and shrugging their shoulders at the latest DL news, if they hadn’t heard already.

“Blanton’s on the DL? Damn. OK.”

The Phillies have travelled this road before:

  • 2007: They used 46 players, including 28 pitchers (some of those players included Chris Roberson, Pete LaForest, Russell Branyan, Yoel Hernandez, Anderson Garcia, Kane Davis, John Ennis, Joe Bisenius, Zack Segovia and Matt Smith).
  • 2008: They used 40 players, including 18 pitchers (Brad Harman, Andy Tracy, Chris Snelling, R.J. Swindle, Les Walrond and Andrew Carpenter).
  • 2009: They used 41 players, including 22 pitchers (Rodrigo Lopez, Paul Hoover, Sergio Escalona and Steven Register).
  • 2010: They used 42 players, including 21 pitchers (Cody Ransom, Dane Sardinha, Brian Bocock, Nate Robertson, Scott Mathieson and Nelson Figueroa).

The Phillies handled the injuries every time. Nobody can say they will handle them this year, but it explains why nobody in the clubhouse is panicked, either.

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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.

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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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Kendrick Is Out, Optioned to Minors

The Phillies have just optioned righthander Kyle Kendrick to Minor League camp.

He had been a candidate for the fifth starter’s job.

Kendrick, who Rich Dubee called the favorite for the job entering spring training, went 1-3 with a 9.20 ERA this spring and fell far behind J.A. Happ and Chan Ho Park. Carlos Carrasco, also a candidate for the job, remains in camp, but he is expected to start the season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Here is some of what Kendrick said:

“How am I feeling? At first I was upset, but I know what I need to do. I’m going to go down there and work on my secondary pitches. I’ll be back.”

“I see myself as a big-league pitcher.”

“I didn’t show my offspeed stuff early enough. It was a little erratic at times. It just needs to get better. I know I need to get better and the things I need to do . I’ll go down there with a clear mind and get better and I’ll be back.”

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The Phillies also optioned Lou Marson and Brad Harman. … Jamie Moyer allowed eight hits, three runs and one walk in 5 2/3 innings in a Minor League game at the Carpenter Complex. He struck out three.

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