Antonio Bastardo was asked to convert four outs last night because Ryan Madson was unavailable to pitch the eighth inning. When CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury asked the right-hander why, Madson got snippy.
“It’s from pitching four out of six days,” Madson said. Salisbury said his mood turned testy when he was asked where he was feeling the soreness. “I’m fine. I’m good,” he snapped. “I took a day off. Is that good enough for you guys?” If Madson is still unavailable tonight, the Phils could be in some trouble at the back of their bullpen. Jose Contreras threw 26 pitches and labored through the 9th inning Thursday night and has pitched in five of the last seven games. The last time the Phillies used vague phrasing, such as "body soreness," to describe a player's condition was this spring, when Chase Utley missed the Grapefruit League opener because of "tired legs." He's only starting to run now. Madson hasn't looked quite as sharp lately, but he, along with Contreras and Bastardo, have done a good job fortifying the later frames.
Lineup shuffle needed? As David Hale of Delaware Online notes, the Phillies have gone 10 straight games without scoring more than four runs. Jimmy Rollins, whose only RBI this season came on a seeing-eye hit, appears to be big culprit in holding the offense back. One solution could be to slide either Wilson Valdez or Carlos Ruiz into the top third and move Rollins down to the bottom third.
Minor notes: A couple of players have come off the disabled list in the high minors. Reliever Brian Gordon has rejoined the IronPigs. Outfielder Jeremy Slayden, who came out of retirement this winter, has rejoined Reading. Meanwhile, Domonic Brown could be getting close to returning and would likely join Lehigh Valley at some point. The Phillies signed reliever Adrian Alaniz this week and assigned him to Clearwater. The 27-year-old right-hander has spent his career in the Washington Nationals system.