Adam Eaton and Javier Vazquez duel when interleague play returns to Citizens Bank Park. Meanwhile, the Reading Eagle has learned that Double-A right-hander Kyle Kendrick will be called up to pitch Wednesday.
Kendrick, 22, is 4-7 with a team-leading 3.21 ERA and leads the Eastern League with 81 2-3 innings. Rated as the Phillies' 15th best prospect by Baseball America, Kendrick replaces Freddy Garcia, who may be out for an extended period with a shoulder injury. Considered one of the most durable pitchers in their system, Kendrick, a native of Mount Vernon, Wash., relies on a low-90s fastball with good movement and command and a plus slider he uses as his out pitch. His third weapon is a change-up, which scouts now view as a reliable tool.
Game preview: The Phillies entertain a struggling but dangerous group that took it to the house just two seasons ago. Their offense has been inexplicably hapless, entering tonight with a horrid .233/.305/.365 team line. It’s baffling considering the amount of thunder they employ. Guys like Jermaine Dye, Paul Konerko and Joe Crede, who's now on the DL, just aren’t doing it. Things are also starting to get testy with manager Ozzie Guillen, who said he wishes he had a better lineup. They’ve lost seven of their last 10 and the only reason they haven’t totally faded in the dogfight known as the AL East has been their starting pitching. Closer Bobby Jenks has also been OK, but the rest of their bullpen has actually been worse than the Phillies.
One of the only players producing much offensively, former Phillie Jim Thome, is out of the lineup because there's no DH. They've also turned third base over to top prospect Josh Fields, replacing Crede, who’s on the shelf with inflammation in his back. Outfielder Darin Erstad is also out with a sprained ankle.
Adam Eaton (6-4 5.99 ERA) hopes for a knockout against lineup that's totally on the ropes. Familiar foe Javier Vasquez (3-4, 4.13 ERA) starts for Chicago. Rod Barajas gets another start behind the plate for the Phils. Greg Dobbs fills in at third base. This is a winnable, but dangerous game. [Live Boxscore]