As we search the Web for useful updates, the mouse lands on a piece from Randy Miller of Phillyburbs.com, who spoke with GM Pat Gillick about the possibility of acquiring additional pitching help. [Link]
“The Phillies are on the lookout for more pitching, but for a second southpaw reliever to complement J.C. Romero,” Miller writes in his piece on the sub-par pitching performances so far this spring. “So far, none of the other lefty relievers in camp — Fabio Castro, Vic Darensbourg and Shane Youman — has been consistent, and Mike Zagurski is still recovering from hamstring surgery. In addition, Gillick ruled out free agent Kyle Lohse, saying the club made him an offer, but he “decided to do something else.”
Beerleaguer: It’s going to be difficult to pry away quality pitching before the start of the season. They might be able to swing something for a roster casualty, a left-hander who’s out of options or someone who lost a spring-training battle, but it's hard to imagine finding a significant improvement over what’s already in place. They have nothing to trade.
So basically, they’re in the same pickle they were last season. Guys are hurt. They’re understaffed. They're inexperienced. No one has magically emerged, so now they’ll wait and see what shakes loose. It's starting to look like the front office will leave Charlie Manuel's bullpen with a short deck for the third year in a row, but I'll approach the situation with guarded optimism that outside help is coming. After all, there are non-roster invitees in other camps who could probably pitch the seventh inning for us.