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)

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.

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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