May I ask why? Left-handed reliever Sergio Escalona may be on the 40-man
roster, but he has only 15 games of Double-A bullpen experience. The 24-year-old is a darkhorse for a spot with the Phillies, according to reports.
Beerleaguer: Not unless he's lights out, there's no way. I highly doubt Charlie Manuel even knows who he is at this point, and he will be competing against known commodities, including three of the four fifth starter candidates, Gary Majewski, Mike Koplove and many more - and they're still considering outside help. And if you're willing to consider Escalona, a 24-year-old whose achievements in Lakewood and Reading last season are truly no big deal, you might as well include Antonio Bastardo in the discussion, a lefthander scouts seem to like more. Escalona is what happens when stories must be filed weeks before actual game action, so it's nobody's fault really. Last season it was Andrew Carpenter, who was to become the next Joba Chamberlain. Obviously, it's too early to tell how any of it shakes out, but I'd lean heavily toward expecting a more conventional solution to the back of the bullpen.