Todd Zolecki reports the Phils may still be seeking bullpen help, especially with Tom Gordon’s shoulder “situation.”
Asst. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Gordon has a “balky” shoulder, but was available for Tuesday night’s game against Oakland.
References to outlandish 1980s sitcom characters aside, this whole covering up by the Phils’ front office illustrates a definite need for bullpen reinforcements. Chad Durbin was warming up for the Phils last night before Emil Brown socked the three-run home run. He â€” not Gordon â€” was in line to bridge Jamie Moyer to Brad Lidge. Gordon is not an option right now.
It would make sense for the Phils to shuttle Clay Condrey to waivers and bring up an arm more suited to throwing the later innings. Maybe RJ Swindle (21.2 IP, 2.08 ERA, 27/5 K/BB) should get a shot? Or Josh Outman (56 IP, 3.70 ERA)?
Before hitting the panic button and trading a prospect or two for Brian Fuentes or whomever, why not try out the young guns?