Wilson, who threw a bullpen session for the Giants on Monday, is free to sign with any major league team. The Phillies are one of a slew of clubs expected to watch him throw tomorrow. Their bullpen entered yesterday ranked last in the National League with a 4.36 ERA. It was also the worst in the NL at stranding inherited runners (36 percent had scored against Phillies relievers).
The bullpen lost some depth yesterday when the club placed Joe Savery on the disabled list with elbow soreness. The 27-year-old lefty had allowed two earned runs with six strikeouts and nine walks in 13 innings. He was replaced on the roster by veteran lefty Raul Valdes, who was demoted to the minors in May after allowing 17 earned runs in 20 innings. Valdes had been pitching as a starter at Triple A Lehigh Valley, where he was 3-4 with a 3.11 ERA in 12 starts.
Every indication that the Phillies have offered publicly is that they remain in wait-and-see mode as time ticks down toward the July 31, non-waiver trade deadline.
Yesterday, the market continued to take shape as the Baltimore Orioles agreed to acquire Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez for infielder Nicky Delmonico, whom Baseball America rated as the club's No. 4 prospect at the beginning of the season. That's relevant to the Phillies because it removes a closer from a market where World Series contenders like Detroit and Boston are reported to be looking for bullpen help.
The Phillies have a potential trade chip in closer Jonathan Papelbon, who has converted 20 of 25 saves with a 2.27 ERA despite a strikeout rate that is down 3.0 K/9 from his career average.
For the rest of the week: Tonight at St. Louis: lefthander John Lannan (2-3, 3.76) vs. righthander Jake Westbrook (6-4, 2.88); tomorrow at St. Louis: righthander Kyle Kendrick (9-6, 3.94) vs. righthander Lance Lynn (11-5, 4.13); Friday at Detroit: lefthander Cole Hamels (4-12, 4.16) vs. righthander Doug Fister (8-5, 3.90); Saturday at Detroit: lefthander Cliff Lee (10-4, 3.05) vs. TBA; Sunday at Detroit: righthander Jonathan Pettibone (5-4, 3.97) vs. TBA.
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