Today is Sept. 1, which means that rosters expand, usually allowing clubs to call up top prospects for a month-long cup of coffee. For the most part that means stolen base threats like Michael Bourn or Greg Golson get time in the majors for pinch-running situations, but it also allows bullpens to expand and (in the Phillies case) hopefully prevent key members from wearing down before the playoffs.
The Phillies first and only move so far was to recall Jack Taschner from his stay down in Lehigh Valley with the Iron Pigs. The left-handed Taschner had a 5.20 ERA in 21 appearances with the Phils before being sent down in July. He pitched well in triple-A, sporting a 2.08 ERA in 21.2 innings down on the farm. Coupled with Scott Eyre, Taschner gives the Phillies two lefties to use out of the ‘pen for situational pitching, not including Jamie Moyer who will continue to be used in long relief.
Any more call-ups will be updated right here, so stay tuned for more.