Rotation Speculation Begins For Phillies

Sometimes, baseball takes a backseat to life. With his home and family in peril thanks to recent storms in Mississippi, Roy Oswalt left the club to tend to family issues. With each passing day, it looks more and more like the Phillies may need an emergency starter. Who gets the call?

If Roy Oswalt doesn't soon return to the Phillies from tending to family issues, the Phillies may need another arm for an upcoming start. Cliff Lee will round out the series against the Mets, which will be followed by an off-day on Monday. From there, Cole Hamels could move up to pitch in Oswalt's slot on Tuesday, with Vance Worley going on Wednesday, Roy Halladay on Thursday and then Lee returning on Friday. Other than having guys start pitching on three days rest, the Phillies would need another starter for Saturday when they face Atlanta. 

The candidates would be; in no particular order:

Kyle Kendrick, Philadelphia - The first thought is to go to the long reliever and have a "bullpen" game. Kendrick has made himself so valuable out of the Phillies pen though, that they may not want to mess with success. Also, those bullpen type games usually don't go well and can hurt your staff for a few days.

Nate Bump, Lehigh Valley - Threw 6 2/3 innings against Pawtucked, allowing two earned runs on April 30. Has some Major League experience, which would be helpful.

Eddie Bonine, Lehigh Valley - Overall good numbers (3.47 ERA), but has had two rough outings in a row, resulting in two losses and a 6.10 ERA in those starts. His next start is Sunday against Pawtucket.

Brian Bass, Lehigh Valley - Very respectable 1-1, 4.26 mark. Is next scheduled to pitch on Monday, which would put him in line for a Saturday start.

J.C. Ramirez, Reading - Don't look now, but Ramirez is 4-0, 1.03 on the season for Reading. He and Phillipe Aumont (0-2, 2.53 in 9 relief appearances) are starting to make the Cliff Lee deal at least look salvageable. Plus, Ramirez is already on the 40 man roster, so they wouldn't need to clear any room.

Austin Hyatt, Reading - Pitches Sunday against Portland. Has a 2-1, 3.00 record on the season. 

Josh Zeid, Reading - Threw five no-hit innings on Friday night. Problem is that he's been battling a stiff back, which is the reason he didn't go deeper into his last start.



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