Nate Schierholtz and Josh Lindblom have arrived, and Domonic Brown is set for his first start this season, when the Phillies continue their set with Washington. The Phils also recalled utilityman Michael Martinez and designated infielder Mike Fontenot for assignment.
Beerleaguer: If a tree falls in the woods, and there's nobody around, does it make a sound? That's how I define this Fontenot move. But since it's Beerleaguer, it's worth no fewer than 200 graphs of commentary and debate. I thought Martinez was the move to make when Placido Polanco went down since the Phils needed a glove. They must see something they like in Kevin Frandsen, who's started twice at third so far and has looked okay. Between Fontenot and Martinez, Fontenot is the better player, but maybe the Phils are hoping to pawn him off on someone. The Phils have undoubtedly put Fontenot on waivers with the idea of moving him, not demoting him, and for that reason alone, you make the move and get whatever you can take. Again - I'm no Mini-Mart fan, but he's a more versatile defender than Fontenot and probably a better fit for the roster at this point.
The Phillies also made two moves last night to clear room for Schierholtz and Lindblom by optioning Joe Savery and Jake Diekman to Triple-A. Both will benefit from regular work. Savery looked better in two appearances this month, while Diekman just unravelled in July and needs a minor league mulligan to work on his control. The Phils' bullpen hasn't settled into much of a routine all season and Diekman, as a specialist, was forced into some bad match-ups. That's the story of the bullpen - too many young players in over their heads.
Tonight's (crazy) lineup: Rollins SS, Schierholtz RF, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Mayberry CF, Brown LF, Frandsen 3B, Kratz C. Vance Worley pitches.