No. 38 returns to mound today for Phillies

Posted: June 13, 2007

Ever since the Phillies traded away bombastic starter Curt Schilling in 2000, their fans have clamored to see No. 38 on the mound again.

Today, they get their chance.

Except the number will be on the back of Double A call-up Kyle Kendrick.

The 22-year-old righthander, who prefers No. 25, had no idea the significance of the digits he will sport, but if he pitches well in Freddy Garcia's place he gladly will make it his own.

"Oh yeah, I'll keep it," Kendrick said. "I'd love to have half the career Schilling's had."

"We would, too," said equipment manager Frank Coppenbarger, who issued Kendrick the number - without any symbolism or motive. "It was just a number that was around. It was a good number for a pitcher."

It was good for Schilling, who set the team's single-season strikeout mark of 319 in 1997 and has won two World Series rings since leaving town. The Phillies don't expect anything Schilling-like today, or at any time this season.

"Concentrate," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Throw like he did in Double A. Have fun. Throw strikes. Six, seven innings."

Kendrick lasted at least six innings in each of his 12 starts at Reading, where he went 4-7 but with a respectable 3.21 earned run average. His 12-9, 3.17 marks at Class A last season led him to think he should have invited to big-league camp this spring. He was not. Like another blond No. 38, he found motivation in the perceived slight:

"It gave me a little fire," he said.

Injury updates

Closer Tom Gordon is scheduled to throw off the mound lightly tomorrow, the first time he has thrown off the mound since hitting the disabled list on May 2 with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Closer Tom Gordon is scheduled to throw off the mound lightly tomorrow, the first time he has thrown off the mound since hitting the disabled list on May 2 with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Replacement closer Brett Myers threw lightly off the mound yesterday, but he is not expected to throw hard until tomorrow or Friday. Myers landed on the DL on May 24 with a right shoulder strain.

Neither is expected to come off the DL for at least 2 weeks, general manager Pat Gillick said.

Phillers

Pat Gillick indicated that the Phillies do not expect to bolster their bullpen or their rotation via trade any time soon; one team source indicated the Phillies simply aren't interested in Red Sox lefty reliever J.C. Romero, who was designated for assignment Friday to make room for Mike Timlin . . . Gillick's stance also precludes the Phillies from being interested in righthanded reliever Joel Pineiro, who is expected to be designated for assignment when Jon Lester joins the Red Sox within the next few days . . . The Phils have signed 11 of their top 20 picks in last week's draft, including second-round third baseman Travis Mattair and fifth-round outfielder Michael Taylor . . . RHP Clay Condrey was outrighted to Triple A Ottawa to make room for Kendrick. *

Pat Gillick indicated that the Phillies do not expect to bolster their bullpen or their rotation via trade any time soon; one team source indicated the Phillies simply aren't interested in Red Sox lefty reliever J.C. Romero, who was designated for assignment Friday to make room for Mike Timlin . . . Gillick's stance also precludes the Phillies from being interested in righthanded reliever Joel Pineiro, who is expected to be designated for assignment when Jon Lester joins the Red Sox within the next few days . . . The Phils have signed 11 of their top 20 picks in last week's draft, including second-round third baseman Travis Mattair and fifth-round outfielder Michael Taylor . . . RHP Clay Condrey was outrighted to Triple A Ottawa to make room for Kendrick. *

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