To make room for the addition of RHP David Buchanan to the Phillies 25-man roster, righthanded relief pitcher Luis Garcia has been played on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain.
Buchanan will start in today's 3:05 p.m. game against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers
Garcia labored in one inning of work during Wednesday’s 14-5 loss at Miami. He allowed four earned runs and threw 49 pitches, just 23 for strikes.
This season Garcia has appeared in three games over two stints with the Phillies and has a 15.75 ERA in four innings.
In addition, Cody Asche is out of the lineup today against Dodgers righthander Dan Haren.
Manager Ryne Sandberg said before today’s game that Asche has tweaked his hamstring.
This is the second straight game that Asche has missed, but most assumed he sat out Friday’s 2-0 loss to the Dodgers since lefthander Clayton Kershaw was the starter.
Sandberg said the hamstring flared up on Friday.
“Cody has a little bit of a tweak in his lower hamstring that he had last month,” Sandberg said before today’s game. “It was something that went away in a day or two, so (we are) trying to take care of him and get that behind us in a two-day span.”
Sandberg said he is checking with Asche day-to-day to see how he is feeling.
Asche, who struggled early in the season, is hitting .258 with four home runs, 18 RBIs and a .771 OPS.
Cesar Hernandez is starting in his place at third base for the second straight game.
The Phillies apparently aren’t finished making moves.
They only have six relievers on the roster and it appears they will be adding to that total.
“For the short term, we're fine today,” Sandberg said about the team going with six relievers. “That could be a short-term thing.”
The Phillies currently have six bench players.
“To have six bench players, I'd rather have the other arm in the bullpen,” Sandberg said. “But we're covered for today, so that could be a day-to-day thing.”