Here's a stat that I find amazing: More than halfway through the season, the Phillies' bullpen has accumulated just 200.1 innings. To put that in perspective, the team with the next-fewest number of innings in the National League has 227. The National League average is 250 innings.
This factoid is worth mentioning because the Phillies activated Ryan Madson from the disabled list today. Tonight is the first night he will be available to pitch out of the bullpen since April 28, when he broke his toe kicking a chair after blowing a save in San Francisco.
Part of the reason that Phillies' relievers have gotten so little work is Roy Halladay, who has logged an NL-leading 139 innings while pitching seven complete games. But it's also possible that Charlie Manuel has been sticking with his starters longer than he would with a healthy bullpen.
Regardless, Madson is back, and Manuel said today he expects him to resume his duties as the primary set-up man in the eighth inning while also filling in at closer when Brad Lidge is unable to go.
Brian Schneider is in the line-up for the first time in a week. He said yesterday he's unencumbered by the sprained thumb he suffered against the Pirates.