Phillies still looking for left-handed relief help

Apparently there are better things to do on a beautiful spring day in Pittsburgh than go to a baseball game. I'd say the place is about a third full here. Which is a shame, because it really is a beautiful set up here. PNC Park over looks a couple of bridges and the Monogahela River, and is a stone's throw away from the skyscrapers of downtown.

I was in a local restaurant/bar last night after the game, and the Phillies fans absolutely took over. I'd say there are as many Phils fans here as Pirates fans. I don't know why. The drive from Philly to Pittsburgh is miserable. But it's a relatively cheap city. And I guess the flights are cheap if you don't want to make the drive. And the park is beautiful.

Anyway, this is what I love about Philly sports fans: In the middle of this bar, a random E-A-G-L-E-S chant occurs, after which a guy stands up on a barstool and yells, "TRADE DOWN FOR NEXT YEAR!! WHOOOOOOOO!!"

I can't think of many other cities where, on a night the Flyers play a Stanley Cup game and the Phillies are in town, the loudest cheer is for a TRADE DOWN in the NFL Draft.

Anyway, on to the good stuff. . .


Myself and some other reporters spoke with general manager Pat Gillick in the visitor's dugout prior to the game.

The Phillies are still hoping to add another left-handed reliever to the bull-pen, despite the acquisition of veteran Steve Kline a few weeks ago. General manager Pat Gillick said earlier today that Kline, currently pitcing at Triple A Lehigh Valley is "possibly" the answer.

"I wouldn't say probably," Gillick said. "Possibly."

Kline has pitched in six games at Lehigh Vlaley, allowing 7 hits and three earned runs in 7 innings. He allowed no runs and one hit in his first 3 2/3 innings, but has allowed three runs and six hits in his last 3 1/3.

Last night against Rochester he pitched three innings of relief, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and walking 2.

Kline turns 38 in August. He was released by the Giants after spring training. last season, hea ppeared in 68 games, allowing 58 hits and 24 earned runs in 46 innings while striking out 17 and walking 18.

The Phillies signed him to a minor league contract April 10, but they have no plans to promote him in the near future.


Jimmy Rollins should be back in Philly tomorrow. He's been rehabbing in Clearwater while the Phillies are on the road. He and head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan will then get together and compare notes. The reports on Rollins have been good, but as Sheridan told a few of us today before the game, "Seeing is believing."


Shane Victorino is making his last rehab appearance today in Lehigh Valley. Gillick said that as long as the center fielder doesn't experience a set back today, he doesn't see a reason why he wouldn't be activated on Tuesday. That would likely mean the end of T.J. Bohn's stay in Philly.

Charlie Manuel did say before the game there is a chance Victorino plays some in right field, thanks to the hot streak that Jayson Werth is currently on.