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.