December 19, 1992 |
The Phillies signed righthander Larry Andersen yesterday, a pitcher they released seven years ago because they thought he was too old. But seriously, folks . . . Hey, this guy was on the disabled list three times last season. One time, he was hurt getting out of a hot tub. We're not making this up . . . OK, that's enough. Andersen, who delivers pitches and punchlines with equal aplomb, surely appreciates the comedic potential of his return to Veterans Stadium. The Phillies, however, remain dead serious about trying to plug the holes in their patchwork bullpen and are convinced he can help.
April 19, 2007 |
The Phillies had talked about this possibility for months, but yesterday they finally made it happen: Brett Myers to the bullpen and Jon Lieber to the rotation. "I'm a team player," Myers said before last night's game against the Washington Nationals at RFK Stadium. "I'm not going to be selfish about it. If this is what it takes to get us to the playoffs, then this is what I'm going to do. If I can be a part of it, that's great. " Unexpected? Both righthanders said they were surprised.
August 26, 1992 |
Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling was scheduled to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday afternoon at Veterans Stadium. Manager Jim Fregosi let him hit, even though the Phillies trailed the Astros, 2-1. Some people wondered why. One night later, at Riverfront Stadium, the Phillies started a comeback after starter Ben Rivera gave up five quick runs. They scored three times in the fourth inning and, on the bench, some players started chattering about being in the game again.
August 13, 2001 |
Jose Rijo will be promoted to the big leagues as a long reliever on Friday, completing a comeback from four major elbow operations by pitching out of the Cincinnati Reds' bullpen. Rijo, 36, was the 1990 World Series most valuable player for the Reds but hasn't pitched in the majors since July 18, 1995, when he took himself out of a game because of elbow pain. He threw one shutout inning for triple-A Louisville yesterday. The Chicago Cubs placed Kerry Wood on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right shoulder.
July 3, 2003 |
The Kansas City Royals yesterday acquired righthanded reliever Curtis Leskanic from the Milwaukee Brewers for righthander Wes Obermueller and infielder Alejandro Machado. Leskanic, in his 10th major-league season, was 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 26 games for the Brewers. He is 46-29 lifetime. The Chicago White Sox acquired outfielder Carl Everett from the Texas Rangers late Tuesday night, hours after making a trade to get second baseman Roberto Alomar. Texas traded Everett to the White Sox for either two or three minor-leaguers, which the Rangers will pick from a pool.
July 18, 2001 |
At this time of year, most baseball general managers look as if they have telephones growing from their ears. Ed Wade is no exception. Two weeks before the non-waiver trading deadline, the Phillies GM has been burning up the phone lines, trying to land a pitcher who would enhance his team's chance of reaching the postseason. Wade would not mind adding a starting pitcher, but the odds of landing a reliever might be better. In fact, trading for an experienced reliever seems to be his preference.
May 6, 1986 |
This was what the Phillies' offseason moves were all about, getting to the seventh inning with a lead and the re-armed bullpen holding it. The Repo Man, Don Carman, sizzling in the seventh and eighth . . . Steve Bedrosian scowling out of the bullpen to nail it down in the ninth, his dark eyes flashing sparks while his hard stuff shattered bats. Swing and a miss . . . strike three . . . Another save for Steeeeeve Bedrosian! Bedrosian had no chance to be a hero against the Montreal Expos last night in the Phillies' 6-4 loss.
August 3, 2001 |
Randy Wolf, fresh off his first win as a starting pitcher since May 23, is being sent back to the Phillies' bullpen. This time, the move will be even more temporary than last time, and Wolf is not at all disturbed by it. "If they need me in there for an inning or a hitter and I can help us win the game, that's fine," he said yesterday, less than 12 hours after his rain-shortened, complete-game victory Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies....
March 30, 2006 |
Aaron Heilman wasn't feeling too great yesterday after getting bumped to the New York Mets' bullpen, but Billy Wagner helped him look on the bright side. Wagner took him aside after a depressed Heilman left the manager's office in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and tried to cheer him up. "I told him, 'How's it feel to be hopefully part of one of the best bullpens in baseball?' " Wagner said. "I know he's upset. That's what he wanted to do. " Wagner said the same thing happened in Houston when Octavio Dotel was sent to the bullpen, and both he and Mike Jackson welcomed him with a similar pep talk.
October 7, 1992 |
When Danny Cox was made a part of the Phillies bullpen early this season, he was upset. So upset that he complained publicly and earned his release. Yet there he was, before last night's opener of the National League Championship Series, a member of the Pirates' bullpen, and as happy as could be. "Yeah," said Cox, smiling as he surveyed his bunting-draped postseason surroundings, "things worked out real well. " Obviously, life in the division-winner's bullpen is considerably more tolerable than throwing relief for the last-place Phils.