Antonio Bastardo will get the spot start Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean a lot for the Phils long-term pitching situation. Though Bastardo could certainly pitch well and earn more appearances, the Phillies continue to explore their options for a starting pitcher.
Ruben Amaro told me before the game that while Brett Myers’ injury has accelerated that process somewhat, he was not going to act irrationally because the team lost a starter. “There is a little more urgency now,” he said. “But we’re not going to make a move just to make a move.”
The hard part about making an early-June trade is that few teams have begun to unload talent. “It’s always difficult to make a trade, but it’s hard to find a partner right now because not many teams consider themselves sellers,” said Amaro.