Pete Orr just was optioned down to Lehigh Valley today for the first time this year. Hector Luna and Mike Fontenot on the other hand are still on the roster. Juan Pierre, Ty Wigginton, and John Mayberry Jr. have all taken starter level at-bats this year.
You can imagine my frustration last night when the Phillies lost 2-1 to the Dodgers, with Cliff Lee striking out twelve batters, and Dom Brown was hitting two homers in a 4-for-5 night, with a double. He's white-hot, the big league club's ice cold. Makes you wonder right?
Let's cut the "everything will be fine" talk right now. Sure, they're only five back, and sure the division has done nothing to put them away, but this team is a .500 team at best, as is. I'm willing to give Ruben Amaro somewhat of a pass. His DL has looked like this so far:
- Ryan Howard- All season
- Chase Utley- All season
- Roy Halladay- Now he's on, and he was pitching hurt
- Cliff Lee- Spent a few starts on the shelf
- Vance Worley- Yep, he was shelved too with bone chips.
- Laynce Nix- The big bench move of the winter has a calf injury.
- Jim Thome- It's tough to lose a guy of his stature.
- Jose Contreras- He was going to be the right-handed set-up guy.
- Michael Stutes- Another potential set-up man on the shelf.
- David Herndon- I almost forgot he existed.
- Justin De Fratus- Would he have emerged this season? I don't know.
- Michael Martinez- Yes, I know this is kind of no-biggie, but it counts.