Roy Halladay (5-3, 2.21) hopes to receive some overdue run support tonight when the Phillies open their interleague schedule against C.J. Wilson (4-2, 3.37) and the Rangers. First pitch is 7:05.
Notes: Beerleaguer will be on autopilot through the weekend and return to live posting Monday, hence the earlier than normal gamer. ... In the meantime, everyone is waiting to see what moves the Phillies will make with Joe Blanton and Shane Victorino likely headed to the disabled list. The Phils may actually summon some bullpen reenforcements for now since Worley wouldn't be needed right away. One interesting idea the Phils won't do would be to recall J.C. Ramirez from Double-A Reading. Ramirez, 23, is already on the 40-man roster and pitched an eight-inning gem his last start on May 15. He's 5-2 with a 2.93 ERA on the season. Other R-Phils could also be in play, including right-handed reliever Justin De Fratus, who is also included on the 40-man roster and was a hot name headed into spring training. He has a 2.95 ERA and 20/10 K/BB in 18 1-3 innings. De Fratus makes more sense than Ramirez.
The Phils could actually bring up two relievers temporarily, considering that Kyle Kendrick was used up yesterday, and a couple of other guys, including Mike Stutes (mild side strain) pitched in yesterday's blowout. Grabbing a guy, or guys, off the 40-man makes sense, although I'd like them to get more creative than Mike Zagurski. I'm bored of Zagurski.
Update: Thanks to alert Beerleaguer, Nick, for reminding us of David Herndon's existence. Smart money says they reach for the middling sinkerballer as the short-term answer. He last pitched May 16 and has not allowed a run in five-straight appearances. He's been pitching multiple innings in many cases.