The Phillies have experienced tattered beginnings before and they’ve rallied in the end. But once again, their depth and resiliency will be tested early on the heels of the Joe Blanton announcement.
Kudos to David Murphy of the Daily News for quickly nailing the sudden dilemma facing the Phillies. Before team physician Michael Ciccotti could even step out of Charlie Manuel’s office this morning, it seemed Murphy had half his morning entry in the bag. In it, Murphy explains the domino effect this will have for the Phils, who are suddenly without a safety net in both the rotation and bullpen. Check this turn of phrase from Murph:
“Suddenly, the Phillies will enter the regular season with a disabled list that features two relievers and one starter worth a combined $24 million. Suddenly, getting some production out of Rule 5 pick David Herndon won't just be a luxury, but a necessity. Suddenly, a rotation that was supposed to pitch deep into games and take pressure off a thin bullpen will feature both Moyer and Kendrick.” [Read the rest]
Beerleaguer: Of the options available to replace Kendrick in the ‘pen, I’d throw my vote behind Andrew Carpenter, who’s on the 40-man roster and the most prepared to fill a long-man role in the Majors. As for the probability of being without Blanton until May, my fear is that April will be treated as an extension of spring training, and before you know it, the Phils will be six games under .500, unsettled and in a position to start pressing in May.
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