Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, August 29, 2011 12:00 PM Comments: 34
September call-ups will play an important role for this Phillies team. Once the division is clinched (the Phils are at 99.9 percent to make the playoffs and 94.2 to win the division, according to Coolstandings.com) they’ll filter in Triple-A players and bench guys as a way to give the regulars a blow.
With injuries to Jimmy Rollins and Raul Ibanez, and guys like Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz who have spent an entire season being beaten up, the expansion to a 40-man roster will provide some rest for the vets. Not to mention the starting rotation that has logged the 4th most innings in the major leagues.
In each of the previous three seasons, the Phillies have added at least seven players to the big league roster. Last season, some of the usual suspects like Mayberry, Zagurski and Mathieson got the September call-up, along with a kid named Vance Worley. Brian Bocock, Greg Dobbs, and Paul Hoover added infield and catching depth, and a veteran pitcher was brought to Philly, only to last about two seconds: Nate Robertson.
(Note: Later today, either Pete Orr or Michael Schwimer will likely be sent back down to Lehigh Valley to make way for Cole Hamels. Whoever does get the boot will almost assuredly be back in a few days.) Pete Orr was optioned back to Triple-A to make room for Cole Hamels, who was moved from the DL. Hamels will start against the Reds tonight.
Players on the 60-day DL are not on the 40-man roster. Thus, Joe Blanton is not now considered a part of the 40-man roster. If the Phillies choose to shift Jose Contreras (out for the season) to the 60-day DL, they can free up another spot, too. A minor league player like Brandon Moss could take one of those two potential spots.
Here is a look at who might get the call from the Iron Pigs for the final month of the 2011 regular season: