Phillies Still Looking For Pitching Help

Rudy Seanez joined the Phillies last week. Steve Kline signs a minor league deal this week. Who's on tap for next week? There are a couple of names to throw around and we've caught them.

Whether or not Steve Kline will be the answer to who is going to help out J.C. Romero as the second left-hander in the Phillies bullpen won't be determined for a while yet. The 35 year old lefty won't even report to the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs until next week and it's obviously going to take him some time to get ready for a return to the majors.

Kline wasn't overly impressive last season in San Francisco, but if he has anything left, the Phillies want to be the team that he gives it to.

The early returns on the addition of Rudy Seanez have been good. He's given the Phillies four shutout innings since joining the team a little over a week ago.

So, who's next?

One answer could be Kyle Snyder. The 30 year old right-hander got his butt handed to him in two outings with the Red Sox this season and found himself being designated for assignment last Sunday. The Red Sox haven't put him on waivers yet and are talking with three clubs - Detroit, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia - about working out a deal to send Snyder elsewhere before having to put him on waivers, knowing that they would lose him for no return.

Snyder has been in the majors with Boston and Kansas City and has posted a 5.45 ERA in 91 Major League games. In other words, he hasn't had much success, but he's another arm to throw into the mix. If nothing else, Snyder could serve as insurance at the Triple-A level in case of an injury to any members of the big league bullpen. The asking price for Snyder wouldn't be too high, so as long as the Phillies can outbid the Tigers and Rays, Snyder is a possibility.

At Triple-A, the lone left in the bullpen, former Major Leaguer Vic Darensbourg has lost two of the 'Pigs eight games this season and has a 10.12 ERA with opponents hitting .400 against him. Another former Major Leaguer, Gary Knotts, has a 2.45 ERA in the early going with hitters hitting just .167 against him. Prospect Joe Bisenius has pitched four innings and has a 2.25 ERA and would remain a possibility for the Phillies bullpen if they decided to give a shot to a young pitcher.



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