A Look At Who Could Come Up Monday

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Sun, August 31, 2008 11:29 AM | Comments: 17

Monday is Sept. 1, which means big league rosters will expand to, at maximum, 40 players. The Phillies have the luxury to add as many players as they want, max 40, so look for a few names to come to Philly. While most teams use September call-up time to try out younger players and prospects, the Phils and other contenders will be filling out holes and reaching for depth. Here’s a sampler of guys who could see the big-league roster Monday.

JA Happ: It’s pretty certain Happ will join the Phillies for September. He got three appearances with the Phils this season, two were starts. Fans have pined for his return to regular big league action, and they should see it Sept. 1. He fits as a spot starter and long-innings man for the stretch drive.

Adam Eaton: Asst. GM Ruben Amaro said Eaton is a lock to come back with the Phillies for September. While he surely hasn’t proved he belongs, his mammoth contract sweeps out logic. He fits as a mop-up guy, pushing Clay Condrey up a smidge in the bullpen rotation.

Carlos Carrasco: It’s a good possibility Carrasco comes to Philadelphia, considering his stint in AAA Lehigh Valley has been pretty wonderful. He isn’t on the 40-man roster, however, and someone will have to be taken off for him. But he very well should be called up, so consider it his tryout before spring, when he’ll be facing down Happ and Eaton for the fifth starter spot. He fits getting sporadic outings in the middle innings, maybe getting one start if necessary.

Jason Jaramillo: Jaramillo has proven himself capable of getting some big league catching time, but he’s probably nothing to sneeze at. Bottom line is the Phils will certainly have three catchers for September, and Jaramaillo deserves some time despite Lou Marson being all-world this season (he’ll concentrate on the Arizona Fall League). Jaramillo fits as a sometimes catcher and final bench hitter, freeing up Chris Coste and Carlos Ruiz to hit more.

Mike Cervenak: The ‘nak had a shot earlier this season and got an RBI single in his third major league at bat. Now the 30+ journeyman should see September time, but as one of the last bench players. He fits getting a couple at bats, nothing much more.

Greg Golson: I could see Golson coming to Philadelphia for the final month, mainly so he can be the guy who comes in late for Pat Burrell. He brings a nice glove, good speed and a little pop. He fits as a pinch runner/defensive replacement.

Jeremy Slayden: The 26-year-old non-prospect could get the call north for outfield depth. I consider him more of a longshot, but if the Phils want to go seven or eight deep with callups, give him a look. He has OK power and can hit a bit, but he’s not a big bat. He fits as the final outfield bench bat.

Other possibilities include Jason Donald and Marson (both AFL-bound), Brad Harman (bad year in Reading), Brandon Watson (not on 40-man roster) and Andrew Carpenter (recently sent down).

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  • Posts: 0 switch hitter

    o god not eaton please anyone not him lets get mesa back before eaton. I like happ and carrasco but not eaton

  • Posts: 0 Jim

    Where’s donald on this list

  • Posts: 0 NEPA

    Other possibilities include Jason Donald and Marson (both AFL-bound), Brad Harman (bad year in Reading), Brandon Watson (not on 40-man roster) and Andrew Carpenter (recently sent down).

    Right there.

  • Posts: 0 Greg V.

    Amaro must be smoking the pipe even considering bringing Eaton back! I don’t suppose he happend to watch his dreadful performance on the mound last night in Lehigh Valley! Expensive garbage is still garbage and if the Phils have any interest in winning, they should keep Eaton FAR away from the majors!

  • Posts: 0 Justin

    Benson was just recently released and he was on the 40 man roster so it would seem Carrasco could conceivably just take his place instead of dropping another player. Carpenter will most assuredly make the september call up list since he was brought up already for an inning of work.

  • Posts: 0 J-Man

    I think they already said they don’t plan on brining up Marson and Donald…Happ and Carrasco should be part of the call up…Unfortunatly the Phils have to bring Eaton back up because they can’t really do much with him and he’s making $8MM,just don’t use him unless it’s their last option.

  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Tim, interesting read, but Cervenak didn’t get his RBI until his 3rd ML at bat. He pinch hit and went 0-1 on 7/11/08, and again on 8/5/08. His first hit and RBI came 8/6/08 against the Marlins. I know, call me anal.

  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Part of Eaton’s demotion was an agreement that the Phils would bring him back Sept 1. The Phils have to abide by that, as Eaton has over 5 years of Major League Service. If they didn’t, they would have to pay his salary anyways. Besides, he’s going to be mothballed to the pen and won’t see an inning of work, unless it’s a 20-2 drubbing and we need someone for mop-up work. Let’s be realistic here.

  • Posts: 0 Nationals#1

    cervenak’s rbi single was, i think, his third major league at-bat. his first two were both deep fly balls.

  • Posts: 0 Nationals#1

    hahaha wow i should have read the comments first. beat me to it, jamie

  • Posts: 0 mikemike

    Hopefully Eaton comes up and pitches well out of the pen. Then maybe someone will take a shot at him like a washington if we pay half his salary.

  • Posts: 0 Fran

  • Posts: 0 Fran

    no zambrano today

  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    saw that. Wonderful news. On another “wonderful news” front, Marlins 2-0 over the Mets bottom 1.

  • Posts: 0 KM

    Let me apologize in advance for this, and I know it is in bad taste, but hopefully Eaton gets his pilot’s license and takes a plane into the side of a building before the September call-ups. You know they are going to bring him back up, because they aren’t going to be willing to eat his deal. If I ran the team he would have been DFA’d a long time ago, along with all the other bad contracts the Phils have signed (Jenkins, Taguchi and so on).

    Thank you Tim for pointing out Golson. I have been saying all year that he should be up here all year in the 5th outfielder/pinch runner/defensive replacement role from the start. People have killed me for saying that, but I don’t care. This guy can only get better being around big league hitters and taking lessons from big league hitting coaches. Plus, we have zero speed off the bench. I’d like to see Golson raise his OBP, but I think that will come with big league experience.

    I’d also like to see Jaramillo get a chance. Either Marson or Jaramillo would work for me – I guess they consider Jaramillo a little more major league ready.

    Please don’t bring back Cervanek. I am tired of watching these re-tread, 30+ year old rookie journeyman coming up whenever the Phils expand the roster, or they suffer an injury. He’d already be a major leaguer if he could play. You don’t get more than one Chris Coste in a lifetime.

    I wouldn’t mind having Happ, Carrasco, Donald and Slayden up here. I like Happ, I don’t really know anything about Carrasco and Donald, except what I read, and i have never heard of Slayden, which makes me indifferent.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Golson is good for a September call up, but he needs to be down on the minors working on his kk/bb ratio. He can’t do that in the majors since he won’t be getting many at bats. He’d just be riding the bench and not getting any better.

  • Posts: 0 Amanda

    if you go on philly.com, it says they called up j.a happ, adam eaton, golson, and marson

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