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Lefty reliever should be on Amaro's to-do list

Not sure where the acquisition of another left-handed reliever ranks on general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.'s list of things to do, but it should be on there somewhere.

Lefty reliever should be on Amaro's to-do list

Mike Gonzalez could be an option as a left handed bullpen arm for the Phillies. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
Mike Gonzalez could be an option as a left handed bullpen arm for the Phillies. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Not sure where the acquisition of another left-handed reliever ranks on general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.'s list of things to do, but it should be on there somewhere.

The Phillies went into the postseason with Antonio Bastardo as their only left-handed reliever and he was not considered a specialist who manager Charlie Manuel would bring in to simply retire one or two left-handed hitters in an inning.

The value of that kind of pitcher was on display during the World Series. The ageless Arthur Rhodes recorded only eight outs in the Cardinals' 18 postseason games, but he did so without allowing a hit. Manager Tony LaRussa leaned even more on his other lefty -- Mark Rzepcynski -- and after a disastrous Game 1 in the division series against the Phillies, he allowed just four hits and one run in 8 1/3 innings.

It is not a great free-agent market for lefty relievers, but among the more interesting names available are Rhodes, Texas' Mike Gonzalez, whose best years have been in the National League, and George Sherrill, who drew some interest from the Phillies last offseason before signing in Atlanta. Sherrill, 34, had a solid season for the Braves.

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The Phillies will no doubt take a look at Joe Savery as a left-handed reliever in spring training, but it's always good to have one of those experienced lefties in the bullpen when the postseason rolls around.

Hollins promotoed, Andersen resigns

In the news department, the Phillies web site reported Tuesday that Dave Hollins has been promoted to the job of Major League scout vacated when Jim Fregosi Jr. left to work for the Kansas City Royals last month and longtime assistant trainer Mark Andersen has resigned.

Hollins, a former All-Star third baseman for the team, had spent the last two seasons as a special assignment scout. Andersen, a bat boy for the 1980 World Series championship team, spent 26 seasons as an assistant athletic trainer with the Phillies.



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