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The Gload conundrum

WASHINGTON -- This much we know: Ross Gload does not think a stint on the disabled list will help his fraying hip. It's either season-ending surgery or play through the muscle tear.

The Gload conundrum

The Phillies will continue to keep Ross Gload on the active roster despite his limited ability to run. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
The Phillies will continue to keep Ross Gload on the active roster despite his limited ability to run. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

WASHINGTON -- This much we know: Ross Gload does not think a stint on the disabled list will help his fraying hip. It's either season-ending surgery or play through the muscle tear.

This could prove to be a difficult decision for the Phillies to make because by the day, it's clearer Gload is limited. He pinch-hit Tuesday and reached on catcher's interference only to be removed for a pinch-runner... pitcher Kyle Kendrick.

Twice in the last five days Gload has been removed for a pinch-runner. He is Charlie Manuel's best pinch-hitter and his lefthanded bat is valuable off the bench. His eight pinch-hits lead the majors.

But it's June 1 and Gload has yet to manage an extra-base hit after slugging a career-high .484 in 2010. The injury has sapped his power, it appears.

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Is Manuel being cautious with him by using the pinch-runners?

"I don't know what I'm being with him," Manuel said. "I don't know if he can run or not. Evidently we didn't think so because we put Kendrick in. But I don't know."

Can the Phillies afford to carry a player who cannot run or field?

"I guess we can if we want to," Manuel said. "I'd say his pinch-hitting definitely counts. He gives us a quality at-bat. We need some sticks on the bench."

That is what will keep Gload on the active roster, but the question is, for how long?


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