Baez to DL gives Phils flexibility

Now might not seem like an appropriate time to talk about the postseason roster, given that the Phillies have lost six of their last eight games, including a four-game sweep at the hands of the Astros at Citizens Bank Park. But the decision to send Danys Baez to the disabled list today with back spasms will simplify some things if the Phillies do in fact reach the playoffs. 

The Phillies recalled 24-year-old lefty Antonio Bastardo, meaning he will likely be with the team on Aug. 31, meaning he will be eligible for the postseason roster. So will Baez, who is eligible to come off the DL on Sept. 9. And it looks like rookie outfielder Domonic Brown will be eligible as well, since the Phillies will almost certainly keep him around through the end of the month (first baseman Ross Gload is not eligible to return from the DL until Sept. 3).

At the very least, it means some flexibility. To be eligible for the postseason, a player must be on the active roster as of Aug. 31. Teams have some wiggle room beyond Aug. 31, because they can substitute a player who is in their system for a player who ends the regular season on the DL. But at this point, they will only have one player on the DL at the end of the regular season (lefty Jamie Moyer).

This means Bastardo, Brown, and Baez will already be eligible. And it means that the team can at least entertain the possibility of using one of their current minor leaguers for the postseason, regardless of whether he is on the team at the end of August.