Another strong strart by Gavin Floyd yesterday may cause the Phillies to rethink their starting rotation plans.
After an abysmal season, Floyd appears to have turned a corner, pitching as well, or better, than any pitcher this spring. The 23-year-old right-hander went six innings yesterday, allowing just one earned run on a solo home run, three hits and no walks.
The bottom of the rotation appeared to be set, but with questions regarding middle relief, the Phillies may want to consider moving Ryan Madson back into the bullpen, or convert Ryan Franklin into their long reliever. All three have pitched well, and would appear to be a better solution than bringing Ricardo Rodriguez north "just because."
The Phillies said they want to bring the best 12 pitchers north, and at this stage, Floyd would certainly qualify. After a team-high 21 1-3 innings, Floyd is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA
Perez reportedly clears waivers
The Philadelphia Daily News has reported that a league source said infielder Tomas Perez cleared waivers. This would mean the Phillies could assign him to the minors, but more likely, Perez would ask for a release.