The Phillies fell to a season-high seven games off the pace in the National League East and absorbed yet another injury - a strained lefty elbow that will send Jamie Moyer to the DL - in a macabre 7-1 loss to the Cardinals.
"... maybe this isn't their year." I was barely paying attention to the television set when I heard this brutally honest admittance by the Phillies broadcast crew. It echoed like a 21-gun salute. There was indeed a sensation of grim finality in this game. When Moyer walked into the tunnel after the first inning, it felt like the 47-year-old was marching into a tomb.
After the latest nine-inning death knell, CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury assessed how the Phillies intend to jury-rig the rotation: "Even before the game, the Phils were looking at a need for a starting pitcher to fill demoted Kyle Kendrick's spot on Saturday. Now they will need a starter for Sunday, too. Happ likely will return from the minors to make one of those starts, Charlie Manuel said. Ruben Amaro (who met with Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee behind closed doors after the game) is working on landing a starting pitcher and there are signs that he is pursuing Houston’s Roy Oswalt. You can also bank on the Phils’ scouting Dan Haren’s start Wednesday. Short of a trade - and sources say that nothing is imminent -- the Phils could look to Andrew Carpenter or possibly bring back Kendrick. The Phils will have to keep going without Moyer, who will likely head back to Philadelphia to have his elbow examined. Moyer indicated that he had strained his flexor muscle/tendon. Manuel compared the injury to the one that bounced J.A. Happ from the rotation two starts into the season."
(Pictured: Jamie Moyer's left arm lies peacefully in state)