Closer Tom Gordon is out for at least the rest of this series with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. Flash is scheduled for an MRI sometime today.
After some speculation after his latest outing against Cincinnati, Gordon (3-4, 3.28 ERA, 27 SV) told MLB.com that he’s felt discomfort for "a couple of months." Since June 19, the All-Start has a 6.26 ERA, including runs in seven of his last 18 appearances after surrendering runs in just four of his first 31 outings.
Manager Charlie Manuel said Arthur Rhodes (0-3, 5.11 ERA) will take over closer duties. Rhodes told the Daily News recently that he has fixed a flaw in his delivery after studying tapes of his outings. The veteran left-hander hasn’t allowed a run or a hit in his last seven appearances.