It had been a long day of treatment, rehabilitation and examination. And Chan Ho Park still had a team doctor to talk to.
As he limped to his locker tonight around 6 p.m., his right leg nearly immobilized by a tight elastic wrap, Park appeared as dazed as he was when his right hamstring popped the night before pitching against the visiting Nationals and he limped off the field.
“I just got an MRI,” Park said. “I’m waiting now to talk to the doctor. I don’t know what comes next.”
What comes next for Park is … nothing. He will be out 2 to 3 weeks, said assistant general manager Scott Proefrock. He will remain with the club as it travels the next few days then, as he heals, he will report to Clearwater to begin a rehab program the Phillies hope will make him available to return in time for the playoffs.
Proefrock said that Brett Myers’ arm is not fit enough to fill Park’s challenging role, though Myers, coming off hip surgery, could inherit Park's job if Myers rebounds from the lingering arm soreness. Park had a 2.52 earned-run average in 38 relief appearances this season and had allowed eight of 25 inherited runners to score.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee said they will look to Tyler Walker to pitch the tough middle innings Park pitched so effectively since May, when he lost his starter’s job. Chad Durbin also will be given a shot in the next few weeks, Manuel said.