Lots of happenings pre-game today. There were a couple of new faces in the clubhouse in Lou Marson and Greg Golson, as well as a couple returnees in J.A. Happ and Adam Eaton. The biggest news to come out prior to this afternoon's first pitch is that infield prospect Jason Donald will likely be called up tomorrow to join Marson and Golson on the Phillies roster for the month of September.
The Phillies are considering juggling their rotation to get Cole Hamels a start against the Mets on Sunday. Because of the off day Thursday, Hamels would be going on his normal day, though someone would have to get skipped.
Hamels has only faced the Mets once this season.
GM Pat Gillick spoke at length with reporters, saying at one point that there will be more call-ups in the near future. Later, he all but said that Donald will be one of those call-ups.
Donald is one of the organization's top prospects. He played in the Olympics for Team USA and was the subject of much interest as the Phillies shopped for a pitcher prior to July's trade deadline.
In 91 games at Double A Reading, Donald hit .307 with 14 home runs and 54 RBI.
He hit a couple of home runs in a spring training game against the Blue Jays while appearing as an extra man with the Phillies.
It'll be interesting to see how the Phillies use Eaton and Happ. Charlie Manuel said Eaton will be used as a long man, though Gillick seemed to suggest that his opportunities will be rare. Manuel said he sees Happ as a guy who can pitch for two or three innings. With lefties Scott Eyre and J.C. Romero already in the pen, it remains to be seen how many situational opportunities Happ will get against lefty hitters. But the way the Phillies' bullpen has been used this past week suggests he could be called upon at some point this month in a pivotal situation.
The match-ups for the series:
Today: RHP Kyle Kendrick vs. RHP Tim Redding
Tuesday: LHP Cole Hamels vs. LHP John Lannan
Wednesday: RHP Joe Blanton vs. LHP Odalis Perez
Interesting series this week between the Mets and Brewers, at least from the Phillies perspective. They trail the Mets by a game in the NL and the Brewers by 5.5 games in the Wild Card. So if they sweep the Nationals, they are guaranteed to make up ground in one or the other.