Reliever Danys Baez was placed on the 15-day disabled list today with back spasms. Left-hander Antonio Bastardo, who has been up-and-down with the Phillies all season, has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he had been lights-out in 20 appearances. Baez, who will turn 33 in a few days, has pitched sparingly in a reduced role. In 42 innings, he's 3-3 with a 23/21 K/BB ratio, 1.67 WHIP and 5.14 ERA. Baez becomes the 17th different regular to spend time on the DL this season. Beerleaguer: Rosters expand in a few days, but this gives the Phils a jump on adding a second lefty for their sets in San Diego and Los Angeles. Suffice to say there's probably nothing wrong with Baez, aside from the fact that he stinks.
Actually, Beerleaguer Jack makes a lot of sense when he writes: "Considering the playoff roster deadline is five days away, it probably made sense if Baez was feeling weird to DL him now and put Bastardo on the roster before Aug. 31. That way, in case he pitches well, he is eligible to be on the postseason roster. I know you can play tricks with the DL in September, but if Baez had something come up, it just makes it easier to do this now"