Romero could be headed to DL

J.C. Romero is expected to be placed on the disabled list with a strained right calf. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

UPDATE: The Phillies have placed reliever J.C. Romero on the 15-day disabled list and recalled lefty Mike Zagurski from Lehigh Valley.


It was not a banner night for the offense, but the bullpen wasn't much better. Ryan Madson and Kyle Kendrick each allowed tied games to become Milwaukee leads. Kendrick, of course, was borderline unwatchable in the 12th inning.

Making matters even worse is a strained right calf suffered by lefthander J.C. Romero. He will undergo an MRI Tuesday but is expected to go on the disabled list.

"He's probably going to miss a little time," Charlie Manuel said.

Romero concurred.

"Probably," he said. "Probably some time. I don't know. Hopefully it's 15 days or so."

Romero injured it in the ninth when he attempted to field a grounder up the middle by Ryan Braun. Coming off the mound, Romero tried to push off and said his right leg gave out.

"I knew something was wrong," he said.

The lefty also revealed he had injured the same calf earlier during spring training.

"I tweaked it a little bit," Romero said. "It was one of those little things, you get soreness in your calf. I did everything I had to do and it was fine. It's one of those things."

If Romero does indeed need the disabled list, the Phillies have options. Righthander Michael Stutes made a fine impression in spring training. In 6 2/3 innings at triple-A Lehigh Valley, Stutes has 11 strikeouts against four walks wtih a 2.70 ERA.

Stutes would need to be added to the 40-man roster, but that possible move became easier Monday when righthander Brian Schlitter was returned to Chicago after the Phillies' waiver claim was voided by MLB because Schlitter had been injured beforehand.

The 40-man roster is at 39.

Another option is Mike Zagurski, who is already on the 40-man roster. Zagurski has struck out seven of the 13 batters he's faced at triple A this season and has yet to allow a run in 3 1/3 innings.

He would also provide a second lefty in the bullpen to Antonio Bastardo.

If Romero goes on the DL, it will be the third straight season he misses time due to injury.

"I don't know what else could happen," Romero said. "This is ridiculous. At least my arm is good."

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