Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson and injuries have turned late-inning relief into the Phillies primary concern. Before tonight's game, manager Charlie Manuel offered cryptic answers when asked how he would handle potential save situations.
He began by repeating the message delivered after Lidge suffered his 11th blown save Wednesday night in Miami, that Lidge and Madson remain the most capable pitchers to succeed in their roles.
Carlos Ruiz has a cortisone injection in his left wrist today, and is headed to Milwaukee. He will be unavailable for several days.
Talked to Chad Durbin about healing from a lat strain, which Myers is trying to do. Durbin said that the issue affected the movement on his pitches. "Sink and cut and break--everything was dull," he said.
The good news was that Durbin completely healed in 21 days. If Myers returns, say, Friday (a reasonable projection given his scheduled bullpen session Tuesday), he will have been out 17 days. So maybe he can still contribute.
If he and J.C. Romero and Chan Ho Park return, the Phils will have interesting decisions regarding hobbled pitchers and the playoff roster.
"I don't think anyone in our bullpen necessarily deserves to be a slam dunk," to make the roster, Ruben Amaro said.