UPDATE, 4:30 pm: Charlie Manuel said they will play wait and see when it comes to who the closer will be tonight and for the near future while Ryan Madson is out. He gave Antonio Bastardo a slight edge over Mike Stutes, but said it could ultimately come down to matchups.
If Stutes is called upon, he said he will relish the opportunity. “It’s what you play for. You play to pitch against guys like David Ortiz…those are the guys you want to be facing.”
Originally posted 12:23 pm, Tuesday:
In a press release from the Phillies:
Phillies right-hander Ryan Madson was placed on the 15-day disabled list today with a right hand contusion, retroactive to June 19, Senior Vice President and General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced. To fill his spot on the 25-man roster, right-hander Andrew Carpenter had his contract selected from triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Madson, 30, is 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in 31 games for the Phillies this season. He has converted 15 of his 16 save opportunities while striking out 34 batters over 31.0 innings (9.87 SO/9.0 IP). Madson is holding opposing hitters to a .230 average (26-113), including a .167 average with runners in scoring position (4-24), while 26 of his 31 appearances have been scoreless (84%).
Carpenter has gone 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA in 24 games for Lehigh valley this season and has not allowed a run over his last eight appearances (13.1 innings). The 26-year-old has surrendered just 34 hits and nine walks over 45.2 innings this season (0.94 WHIP), while striking out 51 (10.05 SO/9.0 IP). In five career appearances with the Phillies, including one start, Carpenter is 1-1 with a 9.31 ERA in 9.2 innings.
Plain and simply, this is terrible news. Madson has been a rock in the bullpen all season, and while he shouldn’t miss very much time (he’s eligible to come off July 4) it makes an already thin ‘pen paper thin.
Here is your Phillies bullpen as it stands with the promotion of Carpenter: Bastardo, Stutes, Baez, Herndon, Mathieson, Juan Perez, Andrew Carpenter. As David Hale pointed out on his twitter account, Of the 12 pitchers on the active roster, 8 have spent time in the minors within the last year, 5 within the last 45 days.