Baez placed on DL

Danys Baez was placed on the disabled list today with back spasms. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)

SAN DIEGO -- Add another to the list of disabled players for the 2010 Phillies.

Righthander Danys Baez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms Friday. Lefthander Antonio Bastardo was recalled from triple-A Lehigh Valley and will join the team here.

Baez is the 17th different Phillies player to go on the DL this season.

The righthander signed a two-year, $5.25 million deal in the off-season and has been disappointing in his first season as a Phillie. He is 3-3 with a 5.14 ERA in 45 games.

But the Phillies had seen progress in Baez, 32, recently. In his last three outings, Baez has been unscored upon and just two of the nine batters he has faced have reached base. Both times, they were erased on double-play balls.

In the 19 outings before then (since June 1), Baez had a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings.

Bastardo gives the Phillies a second lefthanded pitcher in addition to J.C. Romero. The Padres have three lefthanded batters: Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Stairs, and Will Venable. The Dodgers have four lefthanded hitters -- including Andre Ethier and James Loney. The Phillies are in Los Angeles beginning Monday.

Bastardo has a 5.54 ERA in 13 major-league innings this season. This will be his fourth stint with the Phillies in 2010.

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