Until the Phillies make a trade, it's likely they'll look to the farm system to fill Brett Myers' spot temporarily. These are the candidates, in no particular order.
Antonio Bastardo: (3-2, 1.89 ERA, 51/10 K/BB, 47.2 innings, 11 games, 7 starts). Last pitched yesterday, a 7-inning shutout over Buffalo. The 23-year-old lefty started out in Reading’s bullpen, then slid back into the rotation. He was recently promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Bastardo represents the hottest hand in the highest levels of the Minors and is drawing comparisons to Johan Santana, according to Jayson Stark's sources. His turn falls right in line with Brett Myers’ vacated slot. He would need to be added to one of four openings on the 40-man roster.
Kyle Kendrick: (4-3, 4.25 ERA, 34/20 K/BB ratio, 10 starts). Mediocre season for 24-year-old, running deep counts, walking batters, not lasting deep into games. His last outing came Wednesday, a solid six-inning, three-run win over Buffalo, so he’s another option who could easily shift into Philadelphia’s rotation on schedule. Inclusion on the 40-man roster, and a 21-13 Major League record, are on Kendrick’s side. Minimal minor league improvement is not.
Andrew Carpenter: (2-0, 3.61 ERA, 29/19 K/BB ratio, 8 starts). The 24-year-old has become the right-handed version of Eude Brito, called up from the minors whenever the Phils need an emergency starter. Based on the fact that the Phils chose Carpenter over Kendrick to pitch the second game of the May 16 double-header, despite it falling on Kendrick’s turn, suggests Carpenter has leapfrogged Kendrick on the depth chart. His numbers support the notion; he’s been a step better than Kendrick all season. He last pitched Tuesday, a strong seven-inning, one-run win over Buffalo. He’s on the 40-man, but his performance two Saturdays ago was not encouraging.
Carlos Carrasco: (0-6, 5.81 ERA, 52/13 K/BB ratio, 9 starts). The Phillies say he’s pitched better than his record indicates, but it seems unlikely they’d throw a winless 22-year-old into the fire. Carrasco, considered the top prospect in the Phillies’ system two seasons ago by Baseball America, last pitched Monday, a 6 2-3 inning, two-run, eight-strikeout performance against Durham. He’s pitched better lately, and he’s on the 40-man, but hasn’t demonstrated much consistency in his first full season at Triple-A. Carrasco would seem better served spending the entire season in the minor leagues.
Rodrigo Lopez: (2-2, 4.84 ERA, 26/6 K/BB ratio, 7 starts). On the road back from multiple arm and elbow setbacks, the former Baltimore 15-game winner followed an encouraging 7-inning, one-run outing May 19 with a 3 1-3 inning shelling May 25. Lopez qualifies as an extreme longshot to help the Phillies as he continues to work his way back from injury. Ruben Amaro Jr. didn't list Lopez among the candidates last night.
Vance Worley: (4-2, 2.83 ERA, 42/10 K/BB ratio, 9 starts). Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies’ brass have scouted the 21-year-old 2008 draftee several times this season, and with good reason. Making the jump from Low-A Lakewood, the right-hander is holding Double-A hitters to a .204 average. Still, the Phillies may be more inclined wait on Worley rather than rush him to the Show based on a smallsliver of the season. Nevertheless, Mike Drago, R-Phils beat writer for the Reading Eagle, touts his poise and sees the Majors in Worley’s future. He’s gone seven innings his last two starts, including a shutout of Akron on Tuesday. Amaro didn't list Worley among the candidates last night.