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The NL East has been stricken with pitching woes before the 2014 season has gotten underway.
Mike Stutes cleared outright waivers and was removed from the Phillies' 40-man roster Tuesday.
Mike Sielski: No moment in baseball better illustrates a hitter's mastery over an opposing pitcher than a line drive.
It's clear the Phillies could use any extra hitting help they could get.
The Phillies are not alone in their pitching headaches. The Braves feel cursed with a pitching crunch.
Cole Hamels will throw a side bullpen session Wednesday, the Phillies said.
Ryne Sandberg batted Marlon Byrd fourth and Ryan Howard fifth Monday against the Braves.
Cliff Lee's second pitch left the ballpark, but those that followed were as good as any the Phillies have thrown this spring.
The Phillies begin their season three weeks from today, so it's a relatively safe time for roster predictions.
Sam Donnellon: The lack of a plaque bearing Pete Rose's image has done the opposite of what might be hoped.
No, it is not wise to make judgments using spring statistics, but there is a concerning pattern in the Phillies' malaise.