March 28, 2010 |
The outlook for the Phillies' bullpen this season is similar to the 10th day of a 10-day weather forecast. You really don't know whether to expect sunshine or rain. The greatest concern, of course, is the health of closer Brad Lidge and late-inning lefthander J.C. Romero, both of whom will remain in Clearwater when the Phillies begin the regular season a week from tomorrow. "We have to get Romero and Lidge healthy and pitching," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after yesterday's 8-4 exhibition loss to the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium.
May 7, 1994 |
Righthander Ben Rivera, who lasted only two innings Thursday night, was called into manager Jim Fregosi's office before last night's game. Almost a half-hour later, Rivera emerged after being informed he had been removed from the starting rotation. It couldn't have been a surprise. Fregosi has been openly disturbed by Rivera's lack of velocity and hinted after Thursday night's game that a change could be in the offing. For the time being, righthander Shawn Boskie will take Rivera's spot.
April 22, 2010 |
Lou Piniella is tired of watching his relievers blow games for the Chicago Cubs, and, boy, is he ready to do something about it. Piniella made a bold move yesterday, inserting temperamental ace Carlos Zambrano into a shaky bullpen that threatened to derail Chicago's season. "You look at these box scores every day around baseball and these games, especially in the National League, they're won in the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth innings," Piniella said. "There are few blowouts early.
August 13, 1997 |
The Marlins added veteran lefthander Ed Vosberg to their bullpen yesterday by trading righthander Rick Helling back to the Rangers. Helling was acquired from the Rangers last August. Vosberg, 35, is 1-2 with a 4.61 ERA in 42 games this season. In three years in Texas, he was 7-8, with 12 saves, in 138 appearances. He had his best season last year, when Texas was first in the American League West. Helling, 26, is 2-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 31 games this season. He has started eight times and been used mostly in middle and long relief.
October 21, 2011
ST. LOUIS - The bullpen phone has become an event this postseason. Third inning, fifth inning, seventh or eighth, the ring produces the anticipation and suspense of a bases-loaded 3-2 pitch. "When that phone ring," Cardinals reliever Octavio Dotel said before last night's 2-1 Texas victory in Game 2 of the World Series, "we all go like that !" He twisted his head quickly to the side. When the first pitch of Game 2 was thrown last night, five Cardinals relievers already had taken a seat on the bullpen bench beyond the rightfield wall.
May 22, 2008 |
Detroit Tigers pitcher Dontrelle Willis was activated from the disabled list yesterday, but will pitch out of the bullpen initially. He eventually will return to the rotation, manager Jim Leyland said. Righthander Armando Galarraga, who replaced Willis, will remain in the starting rotation. Willis, on the disabled list because of a hyperextended right knee since April 12, went 1-1 with 4.41 ERA in three rehab starts at Triple A Toledo. He won his most recent start, allowing a run and five hits while striking out four in six innings Saturday at Columbus.
July 19, 2009 |
Under the watchful eye of pitching coach Rich Dubee, Pedro Martinez threw his first bullpen session yesterday since signing with the Phillies last week. "As far as health, it went great," said Martinez, who threw 55 pitches to bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer as Matt Stairs stood in the batter's box and posed as a hitter. Martinez threw mostly fastballs, but mixed in several change-ups and breaking balls. It was his first throwing session in eight days. He had thrown to hitters in an audition for a Phillies scout on July 10. Martinez underwent a physical exam on Tuesday.
August 12, 2002 |
The pitching change Larry Bowa made Saturday night worked out so well for the Phillies that the manager made it again yesterday even before his team played its series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers. After Brandon Duckworth recorded just four outs during the Phillies' 10-8 loss Saturday at Dodger Stadium, Bowa handed the ball to David Coggin, who allowed just one hit in 3 2/3 scoreless innings. That effort and three home runs by Mike Lieberthal probably should have been enough to get the Phillies a victory, but it all unraveled when the bullpen trio of Rheal Cormier, Dan Plesac and Carlos Silva surrendered five runs and six hits in the bottom of the seventh.
August 31, 1995 |
When Russ Springer joined the Phillies a couple of weeks ago, manager Jim Fregosi made it clear he hoped the righthander acquired from the Angels along with outfielder Kevin Flora for Dave Gallagher would get a couple of starts before the season ended. Springer came out of the bullpen yesterday to strike out six batters in three shutout innings. In his previous outing, last Thursday against the Dodgers at Veterans Stadium, he struck out five in three innings. But that doesn't necessarily mean Springer will move into the rotation any time soon.
February 23, 1993 |
Like the posting of a help-wanted sign in some depressed steel town, the chance of an opening or two in a reworked Phillies bullpen has attracted a long line of candidates. Phils manager Jim Fregosi wants to start the '93 season with 10 pitchers - five starters and five relievers. Barring injuries, Mitch Williams, Larry Andersen and Jose DeLeon are certain to be three of the bullpen five. And if, as Fregosi would like, the relief corps includes at least two lefthanders, David West should win the fourth job unless he self-destructs.