Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sun, August 31, 2008 09:45 PM Comments: 28
The Phillies today announced their Sept. 1 call-ups: catcher Lou Marson, outfielder Greg Golson and pitchers JA Happ and Adam Eaton.
Marson, 22, hit .314 with 5 HR and 46 RBI for AA Reading. Golson, 22, hit .282 with 13 HR, 60 RBI and 23 SB for the R-Phils. Happ and Eaton both have experience with the Phils this season, with Happ succeeding briefly in pinstripes, and Eaton having a horrendous season with the big league club before being sent down to AAA Lehigh Valley.
To make room for Marson and Golson the Phils put both Francisco Rosario and Tom Gordon onto the 60-day DL, making them inactive for the 40-man roster.
More moves may come, but color me dissatisfied about this right now. I knew Eaton and Happ were coming, but that’s it for pitching? We’ve seen firsthand how short the Phillies bullpen becomes when overworked. What about Joe Bisenius, RJ Swindle or Andrew Carpenter? Reinforcements are never a bad thing. Instead, we get Eaton — who is garbage — and Happ — who probably won’t see much time because he’s a starter.
Meanwhile, the offense gets a little depth with Marson and Golson. The former will get a little time as a pinch hitter/third catcher, while the latter should be Pat Burrell’s late-innings substitute until the end of the season. Congrats to them. Still, more bench help wouldn’t have hurt. Where’s Mike Cervenak? Or Jason Donald? Or Jeremy Slayden?
The Mets, meanwhile, are adding seven players, including four for their poor bullpen. The Phillies are deciding this team is pretty much perfect for the stretch. I’m sorry, but they’re not. Hopefully they call more up soon.