Adam Eaton went on the disabled list Aug. 12 with shoulder inflammation, as it's officially written. The struggling right-hander tries to find the spark and keep the momentum of last night going against Tom Glavine and the Mets. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Preview: Eaton (6.36 ERA) made a 40-pitch rehab appearance with Reading Friday and the ineffectiveness continued. Before going on the shelf, he was batting practice in his previous six starts (8.79 ERA). With September call-ups, Cole Hamels and J.D. Durbin all looming, a bad start tonight could be the last we see of Eaton in the rotation this season ... It took Tom Glavine (4.32 ERA) a long time to reach 300 wins, but he finally got over the hump and will try for win No. 302. Glavine is 4-0 over his last nine. The 41-year-old is 28-17 with a 3.78 ERA in 62 career starts versus the Phillies.
Roster move: Eaton in. Ennis out. Sounds like a dirty joke waiting to happen.
Carrasco rated top prospect of the week: After starting season shutout of Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet for several weeks, Phillies farmhands have been making regular appearances lately. Yesterday they earned their first top billing. Carlos Carrasco, considered the team’s No. 1 prospect, received the honor after throwing a rain-shortened six-inning no-hitter Aug. 21. The 20-year-old right-hander had been struggling since his Double-A call-up, so hopefully he’s on track. “He worked himself into trouble with some walks, some base hits,” a scout told Baseball America, “but I was most impressed with his ability to hit another level and get the ground ball or the strikeout when he needed it against a pretty good team. We’ve all been waiting to see it since he got (to Double-A) and it’s been disappointing. It’s not disappointing anymore.”
Joining Carrasco on the list is teammate Mike Costanzo, the Phillies first overall pick in the 2005 draft. The third baseman is having another great August, hitting .381/.471/.631 for the month. Costanzo leads the Eastern League in homers (25), runs scored (89) and ranks fourth in RBIs with 80.
Carpenter throws seven-inning perfect game: The Phillies are in the hunt to make it two-straight Hot Sheet top billings following a seven-inning perfect game by Andrew Carpenter in Clearwater’s 2-0 win over Ft. Worth Monday. Carpenter struck out seven and improved to 16-6 (3.27 ERA) in 26 games. Carpenter, a 2006 second-round pick out of powerhouse Long Beach State, leads the Florida State League in wins, innings and ranks seventh in ERA. Looks like another good one.
Fall league roster set: According to the team Web site, the Phillies will send seven players to Peoria of the Arizona Fall League: Pitchers Joe Bisenius, J.A. Happ, Scott Mathieson, Josh Outman and first-round pick Joe Savery. Joining them will be catcher Lou Marson, third baseman Mike Costanzo and outfielder Greg Golson. Ottawa Lynx skipper John Russell will manage the squad. The Fall league did wonders for Mathieson two years ago – he was rated as the league’s best pitcher. I’m concerned about Bisenius, who’s had an injury-plagued season. It seems like a lot of excess pitching. He went there last season and broke down by May. Happ, Outman and Savery round out a trio of arms with bright futures.