Saturday, December 27, 2014

Brown, Kendrick on; Dobbs off

As expected, the Phillies added an 11th pitcher to their NLCS roster -- Kyle Kendrick. To make space for Kendrick, they took Greg Dobbs off the roster and kept rookie Domonic Brown.

Brown, Kendrick on; Dobbs off

Kyle Kendrick is on the Phillies roster for the NLCS after being left off the NLDS roster. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Kyle Kendrick is on the Phillies roster for the NLCS after being left off the NLDS roster. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

As expected, the Phillies added an 11th pitcher to their NLCS roster -- Kyle Kendrick. To make space for Kendrick, they took Greg Dobbs off the roster and kept rookie Domonic Brown.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the decision was all Charlie Manuel's.

"We just felt like we'd be a better club with Brown," Amaro said. "It wasn't an easy decision. Both of them bring something to the table. But only 25 guys can be on the roster."

Dobbs could have added depth on the left side of the infield. But Amaro said both Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco are healthy and there are no concerns.

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"That was a factor," Amaro said. "I think they've gotten ample rest. One of the benefits of having some time off is these guys get some time. Jimmy is real close to getting to 100 percent. This gave him some time. Polanco had time to rest his elbow. Now, who the hell knows what happens in the first pitch of the first game..."

Kendrick, who spent the entire season as the Phillies' fifth starter, was visibily upset when he was left off the roster for the division series. But with a seven-game series now and Joe Blanton moving into the rotation, the Phillies need a long man. Kendrick will be that guy.

He is excited after experiencing disappointment before.

"I understand," Kendrick said. "It's frustrating. You're there the whole year and you work so hard to get to the spot and you can't help your team out. That's the hardest thing about it. It's nothing personal. But I'm excited I can help us out now."

Brown found out minutes before reporters were allowed to speak with the team. He was at a loss for words.

"This whole ride this year has been unbelievable," Brown said.

Matt Gelb Inquirer Staff Writer
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