Bullpen coming into clearer focus: Rosario placed on DL

Looks like the Phillies have placed Francisco Rosario on the disabled list retroactive to March 21, meaning the right-hander won't be occupying a roster spot on Opening Day. . .

What does this mean for the bullpen picture?

Let's take a quick look:


1. Cole Hamels - Starter

2. Brett Myers - Starter

3. Jamie Moyer - Starter

4. Kyle Kendrick - Starter

5. Adam Eaton - Starter

6. Chad Durbin - Middle reliever capable of pitching 2+ innings

7. Ryan Madson - Middle reliever capable of pitching 2+

8. Tom Gordon - Set-up man, one inning max

9. J.C. Romero - Set up man, one inning max

10. Brad Lidge - Closer

Remaining spots:

The Phillies would love to add some relief help, but it is unclear if they will be able to do so by the beginning of the season. Assuming they keep 12 pitchers, the front-runners right now are RHP Clay Condrey and LHP Travis Blackley. Unless they swing a deal, or find a waiver casualty, that is a clear improvement, I wouldn't be surprised to see them keep both guys around and see how they perform once the season starts. For the most part, you know what you are getting with Condrey. Blackley, on the other hand, is an interesting guy. He's pitched well this spring, but he's always been a starter, and the Phillies are little concerned with his penchant this spring for walking batters. LHP Vic Darensbourg remains an outside candidate, but he hasn't pitched much lately, and he still looks like a long-shot to make this team.

The presence of Durbin gives the Phillies some flexibility. He split time between starting and relieving last season for the Tigers. In 17 relief appearances, he pitched more than one inning 11 times. In three of those, he pitched nine outs.

Might that enable them to keep one less pitcher? It's hard to say. The Phillies have acknowledged that is a possibility. And if the club kept Blackley, they'd have three potential mulitple-inning guys in the bull-pen. That would mean saying goodbye to Condrey and opening up a roster spot, which would likely go to either Wes Helms or Chris Snelling.

Whatever the case, it's one of the few intriguing roster battles down the stretch. . .