More bad news for the injury-plagued Phillies as Ryan Madson heads to the disabled list with a right hand contusion, retroactive to June 19.
Madson, who is 15-for-16 in save opportunities, leaves a massive void as the Phillies will likely look to their youngsters - Antonio Bastardo and Mike Stutes - in despiration to nail down the ninth inning. After Danys Baez, David Herndon has the most major league experience in the current bullpen, which now includes Andrew Carpenter, who has been summoned from Triple-A after spending all season in Lehigh Valley's bullpen. Carpenter is actually one of the hottest hands in the minors, going 5-0 with a 1.58 ERA in 24 games. He has not allowed a run over his last eight appearances (13.1 innings).
Beerleaguer: Phils are in a bad spot, no question. Bastardo, who has been consistently effective all season, would be my guy to close, even if it means losing their top lefty. I mentioned that I think Stutes is leaking oil in my earlier post. Wouldn't it be nice to see Baez, the former closer, finally step up while Madson recovers. A guy can wish, can't he?