On Thursday, the Phillies sent not one, but two relief pitchers to the 15-day D.L with various injuries. Both Chad Durbin and J.C Romero will be out of action for the next two weeks, something that can’t be good news for the Phillies bullpen.
While Durbin has been inconsistent for the better part of the 2009 season and Romero hasn’t been as good as years past after missing the first 50 games of season due to his suspension for allegedly taking performance-enhancing drugs, both are still a big part of the Phillies success over the past 2 1/2 seasons. Down the stretch, if the injuries linger on, it will most certainly be a problem, but it doesn’t seem like that’s the case here. Both injuries are considered minor, and Durbin and Romero are expected to return after their short D.L stints.
Tyler Walker and Andrew Carpenter have been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill the bullpen roles voided by Romero and Durbin. Walker was an easy call for the organization because he was very affective when he was up with the club during Clay Condrey’s stint on the D.L in early July, so he will hopefully pick up where he left off. For me, though, the decision to bring up Carpenter is a bit confusing. With Romero being a lefty, I would have expected the Phillies to recall left-handed reliever Sergio Escalona (something they have already done five times this season) instead of a right-handed starter in Carpenter to fill that role.
That obviously didn’t happen.
Due to the Romero injury, Scott Eyre is now the sole left-handed relief pitcher in the bullpen.
Other Notes: Antonio Bastardo has been on the D.L for almost a month with mild shoulder strain. If he is progressing, don’t be surprised if the Phillies activate him as a reliever, not at starter. It will give the Phillies another valuable long reliever, and an extra left-handed arm. In fact, some scouts find him better suited as a reliever rather than a starter.