Phils Send Up Castro, Demote Carpenter

Posted by Tim Malcolm, Thu, August 28, 2008 01:47 PM | Comments: 21

Fabio Castro has been called up to the Phillies. Andrew Carpenter, who pitched one inning in his first major league appearance, was sent down to AA Reading.

In 25 games at Reading this season, Castro has gone 8-1 with a 4.20 ERA, 80 K and 44 walks. He’s been used primarily as a starter, but has relief history, especially with the Phillies. In two seasons with the Phils he has gone 0-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 26 games.

Castro will likely go into the bullpen as a middle reliever capable of facing lefties. He’s not that good against righties. So suddenly the Phils have three left-handed relievers. It’s possible this move was made because Scott Eyre needs a rest (he has pitched four innings in the last two days), but could it be someone is hurt?

Note: This was astutely brought up by a Beerleaguer poster. Because he was optioned to the minors, Carpenter has now wasted an option. An option is the franchise’s ability to send someone to and from the majors during a season. An option is one season. Each player has three options. Now, if Carpenter never was sent down (the Phils could’ve waited until Monday when the rosters expanded), he wouldn’t have wasted an option, because the option only comes in play when a player is sent down, not brought up. Carpenter now has two options remaining.

Note 2: Putting Castro onto the roster now may be an act of shaping up the playoff roster. Players on the 25-man roster before Sept. 1 are available for the playoffs. The Phils may have wanted a third lefty for the roster, thus the move.

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  • Posts: 0 Paul

    Could have used him last night against Delgado. Better late than never I guess…

  • Posts: 0 Rick

    uh-oh! Here comes the news that Romero is hurting….what do you think?

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    Rick, I was thinking the same thing.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Yeah, Paul, as always with Gillick a day late and a dollar(s) short.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    I think carpenter is offseason trade bait. hell be in some kind of package for some player.

  • Posts: 0 Rick

    Well Tim hinted at it in his post. But I mentioned something about it in one of my posts under the Mets Exact Revenge,…. thread earlier.

    That’s pretty much the only way I can see that he would be unavailable to face a couple batters. I understand he had pitched for the past couple days, but Lidge’s workload lately has not exactly been light either and I would tend to think you save his arm before Romero’s.

  • Posts: 0 Rick

    He and Rollins to who for who?

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    well, because rollns did not own up to his bad play and blamed it on other people, he has set a higher standard for himself than everyone else. he has to be the best player on the field every single game for me to want to even look at him next year at all. otherwise, im just going to keep bashing him every single gamn that he isnt obviuosly the best player out there. th eother night, he was awesome, and earned a free pass for that day, if he isnt awesome in a game, hes getting ripped hard. harder than others would be ripped for the same thing.

    jimmy rollins for prospects. howard for pitching and ONLY, repeat, ONLY for primo young pitching prospects, otherwise you hang onto him carpenter in a big package of like 5 guys for holliday. along with golson, and ja happ, and just about their pick of people not named marson and carrasco. the rockies move holliday in the offseason, the question is will the phillies make the rockies an offer they cant refuse. go out and make a statement.

    no, not going to go over every detail of it. jsut the general concept.

    and no, im not going to talk about specific prospects and specific

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    You can’t expect Rollins to go out there and be the best player every single day. I’d say he should have been the best player in 25% of the games this year. A-Rod isn’t the best player every single day, neither is Pujols. Rollins also isn’t even close to as good as either of those guys. They are future HoFers, Rollins isn’t. Even look at Manny. He has his ups and downs.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    Yeah I know, but I dont want a malcontent like this around the team. It spreads poison in the clubhouse. Hes WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY overrated because he had one outstanding offensive year but he plays good defense consistently. people forget hes really like a .270 hitter for most of his career.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    Rollins is a career .277 hitter. I think there’s a good chance he’ll finish off the season around that. You need better than that for your lead off hitter. Maybe we’ll see him go on a late season tear like in 06 when he had his 36 game hitting streak.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    yeah maybe. hes not a leadoff hitter thats for sure.

  • Posts: 0 Phil

    He’d be a good 2, 5, 6, or 7 hole hitter. He was an incredible lead off hitter last year.

  • Posts: 0 Geoff

    id take him in the 6 or 7 hole. if willy taveras would get on base more often, hed be an ideal leadoff hitter.

  • Posts: 0 Richie

    Hey, Tim I thought as long as a player is on the team prior to September 1, that makes him eligible for the playoffs(meaning we can’t pick anyone up from waivers after 9/1 and use him in the playoffs). That would mean if we say, brought up Carrasco and he was lights-out as a set-up guy and we brought him up in the first week in September we could still use him in the playoffs, obviously we would have to demote one of the current 25 man roster spots. Right or wrong??

  • Posts: 0 Richie

    Whatever the case may be I really want to see Carrasco set-up for Lidge. I think all of these roster moves are because we have some tired arms in the pen(Romero, Durbin) I mean how can we complain, we have the best pen in baseball with limited injuries outside of Gordon.

  • Posts: 0 Gabriel

    i agree 100% that j-roll isn’t a true leadoff man (anymore)…
    his OBP is about 30 points shy of earning spot 1 in the lineup…
    any chance of obtaining a true 1 in the foreseeable future?
    ichiro? a cheap ryan freel (durability issues), or the ever sought after longshot grady sizemore? imagine this for next year opening day…
    1 – ichiro/freel/or sizemore
    2 – jimmy
    3 – chasey
    4 – ryan/pat (depending on pitcher)
    5 – ryan/pat
    6 – shane
    7 – pete happy
    8 – coste/ruiz (or maybe even a better offseason acquisition)

  • Posts: 0 James Beale

    Tim, I could be wrong, but wasn’t KRod on the Angles roster only after Sept. 1st. Do you know/ have a link to the full postseason roster rules?

  • Posts: 0 Ari

    It’s hard to call that a wasted option. They get 3 per year, and this is his first. As you said the rosters expand in a few days – there’s no way the Phillies will use up another 2 options in the next 4 days, so what does it matter?

  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Carpenter was just added to the 40 man roster a couple of days ago, so his Option Years were just triggered. Once they are added to the 40 man roster and called up, the team has three option years where they can send a player down (and/or call them up) as many times as they want. If they brought the player up but never optioned him down to the minors in that first year, then the next three can still be option years. Kendrick is an example – he has never been sent down to the minors since the Phils brought him up last year. So, they could have sent him down this season if he was the second coming of Adam Eaton, and they would have reserved the right to call him up and send him down as many times they wanted this year and the next two. Since Carpenter was called up and was just sent down, they just triggered the first Option Year for Carpenter, which is what Tim means. It’s kind of a waste, really, but they must plan on having him come up at some point in the next couple of years.

    Once the three option years have expired, the player is considered to be “out of options,” and therefore, they would have to clear waivers before the club could send them back down. It’s a very confusing process (probably more confusing than the waiver-wire trading process).

  • Posts: 0 Jamie

    Oh, and another thing on options…the option years DO NOT have to be consecutive. So, in Kendricks’ case, the Phils could option him next year for the 1st time, again the next year, and then two years after that without exposing him to waivers. Once a player has 5 full years of MLB service, however, a team cannot option them to the minors without the player agreeing to go (see Eaton, Adam; and Myers, Brett).

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