Receiving a second opinion from an orthopedic surgeon, the Phillies will take a conservative approach with Freddy Garcia's shoulder injury and rest him for an unspecified amount of time, according to a team news release.
Phillies Assistant GM Ruben Amaro Jr. issued a statement yesterday saying Garcia will be shut down for several weeks, but will begin a tossing program at some point. Doctors agree there is some damage to the shoulder, but "it’s more a product of being a starting pitcher who has logged as many innings as Freddy has over the last several seasons." "At this point, there is no time frame for when Garcia will be pitching competitively at the major league level for the Phillies," Amaro said.
Outman to be promoted to Double-A Reading: Left-hander Josh Outman will be called up from Clearwater and start Saturday’s game at Trenton, according to sources cited by the Reading Eagle. Outman, 22, is 6-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 13 games. The Reading rotation was left short with Kyle Kendrick being called up to Philadelphia.
Beerleaguer power rankings
Time for an update on the players making the biggest impact for the home team.
1: Cole Hamels (Leads the league in wins (9) and strikeouts (104). Averaging 10 strikeouts a game. First true Phillies ace since Schilling makes them a favorite to win every game he starts. Edges Utley because of his ability to halt losing streaks and the separation of quality between him and the rest of the rotation.)
2: Chase Utley (53 RBIs is second in the league. 27 doubles ranks first. Better OBP than Ryan Howard. A consistent force – has only gone hitless in consecutive games once all season. Hits lefties and righties, runs the bases intelligently, hits for power and collects timely hits. And he's been fielding great.)
3: Aaron Rowand (Phillies center fielder on pace to match or exceed his 2004 production. He’s cut down on his Ks considerably (37) and added walks (22). Is likely to post a career high in runs. Like Utley, has not fallen into prolonged slumps despite moving around the lineup. Tied with Utley for team lead in Win Shares with 11.)
4: Ryan Howard (Take away April and he’s been a solid, but not MVP-quality, producer. Still a major difference maker in the Phillies’ lineup. Most reliable source of power and on-base. Has taken a step back against left-handers, but pitchers haven’t exactly made it easy on him.)
5: Jimmy Rollins (Struggled in May but having a better June. Difference between the best five shortstops and the rest of NL – Reyes, Hardy, Ramirez, Renteria, Rollins – represents huge drop in talent. Phillies are lucky to have his steady glove and production.)
The rest: 6. Jamie Moyer; 7. Jon Lieber; 8. Shane Victorino & Pat Burrell (Tie); 9. Adam Eaton; 10. Antonio Alfonseca & Greg Dobbs (Tie).