According to Paul Hagen’s report in the Daily News, displaced starter Jon Lieber appears to be headed to the DL with a pulled side muscle, opening the door for right-handers Clay Condrey and Jim Ed Warden, barring any last minute trades.
Both pitchers need to make the team or the Phillies may be forced to lose their services – Condrey would need to pass through waivers, Warden must be offered back to Cleveland by mandate of the Rule 5.
Beerleaguer: I suppose I win the bullpen prize. Early in spring, if you were to ask how the Phillies would round out the bullpen, I would have said Condrey and Warden. The question is, are they the best choices, or just a safe way to preserve inventory?
In Hagen's piece, Ruben Amaro Jr. let slip something of a short timetable for right-hander Joe Bisenius, who’s had a good spring. One wonders whether the team is overthinking it a little.
"And if a guy like Joe Bisenius is ready to come up in, say, a month and a half, that would help, too," Amaro told Hagen. "We have some guys with ability. You'd like to have guys with more of a track record, but that's a perfect world that 29 other teams are looking for, too."
Enjoy your month-and-a-half in Ottawa, Joe Bisenius. Meanwhile, the Phillies will see whether Warden can keep his ERA under 6 as a situational right-hander.
Phillies put in claim for Ezequiel Astacio?
Citing league sources, Hagen also reported the Phillies put in a waiver claim for former prospect Ezequiel Astacio, but he fell to the Rangers. Beerleaguer incorrectly identified him as Pedro Astacio in an earlier version of this post. Ezzy Astacio was cut from the Astros. Readers may remember he was part of the package that was sent to the Astros for Billy Wagner.