The forces of nature have once again prevented Freddy Garcia from making his first start as a Phillie. Today's game between Garica and the Phils and Wandy Rodriguez and the Astros has officially been scratched and the makeup date is pending. Jackie Robinson Day festivities scheduled for today will be announced later today.
Phillies designate Clay Condrey for assignment
With Garcia's return, along with the addition of Francisco Rosario, 31-year-old right-hander Clay Condrey has fallen victim to the numbers game. The Phillies have 10 days to move his contract via trade or outright release. If Condrey clears waivers, he can be optioned to the Minors. Because he's been outrighted before, he can decline an assignment and become a free agent.
In limited, low-pressure situations, Condrey has pitched well for the Phillies in parts of two seasons. He's allowed one run this spring in four innings and struck out five batters in two innings in a game against the Braves. This couldn't have been an easy decision for the bullpen-poor Phils, who may have been thinking they were already stocked with enough fastball/change-up/slider type right-handers in their pen. Condrey could still land on his feet and help a big league club in a mop-up role.