After spending more than a year recovering from Tommy John surgery, Randy Wolf makes his first start this afternoon in game 1 of today's day-night double-header. To clear room, pitcher Ryan Franklin has been designated for assignment.
Wolf is making his first start since June 11 of last year. The Phillies have about two months to gage where the left-hander is at before making a decision on whether or not to resign him. Wolf becomes a free agent after the season when his $9 million contract expires.
To clear room on the roster, right-hander Ryan Franklin has been designated for assignment. Franklin, the former Mariner, was hand-selected by GM Pat Gillick to provide depth in the starting rotation, but never started a game. In 46 relief appearances, Franklin was 1-5 with a 4.58 ERA. Franklin becomes the fourth Gillick acquisition to have their season cut short with the Phillies (Franklin, Sal Fasano, Alex Gonzalez, Ricardo Rodriguez).
Meanwhile, the Phillies have 10 days to decide what to do with Franklin, adding to the list of hard decisions the team must make in the next few days. The non-waiver deadline is just around the corner and several sources are reporting that Bobby Abreu could be moved to either the Yankees or Red Sox today. Abreu is back in the lineup this afternoon, but may not be around tonight. Stay tuned ...