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Myers Down, Phillies Look for Pitcher

Antonio Bastardo, fantasy baseball starting pitcherBrett Myers is on the 15-day disabled list, but he’s going to be out for at least three months as he gets his torn labrum in his hip repaired.  Myers’ injury leaves a serious hole in the Phillies rotation.

The Phillies have gone down to Lehigh Valley to pick up Antonio Bastardo.  Bastardo will make his major league debut on Tuesday night in San Diego.  Bastardo was 3-2 with a 1.89 ERA in the minors.

“We’ve had some real good reports on him,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Friday, before the decision was announced. “He’s had some real good outings since he’s been in Triple-A.”

“I’ll try to calm him down and make him feel comfortable,” Carlos Ruiz said. “I don’t want to put too much pressure on him and have him try to do too much.  I heard he has a great power fastball and he throws hard,” Ruiz said.

The Phillies had several options for replacing Myers, but the incumbents didn’t earn the job.  Kyle Kendrick was in the driver’s seat, but he’s out of fashion right now after going 11-9, 5.49 last year.  Then, there’s Carlos Carrasco.  The 22-year-old was in the hunt for the starting job in spring training, but he was sent to Lehigh Valley in March.  Carrasco has struggled with the Iron Pigs.  He’s 0-6 with a 5.81 ERA.

Chan Ho Park won the fifth starter job in the spring, but he’s also been demoted to the bullpen.  Manager Charlie Manuel seems Chan Ho Park, Phillies relief pitchercontent to try an unknown like Bastardo rather than go back to the veteran Park.

“Right now, the way I’m thinking is he’s going to make our bullpen real strong, and I don’t know if I want to put him back in the rotation or not because I think he’s going to help us more in the role he has now,” said Manuel.

The Phillies have been known to shop around for starting pitchers prior to the trading deadline.  In the past three years, the Phillies have picked up Joe Blanton, Jamie Moyer, and Kyle Lohse before the trading deadline.

Of course, the big name is Jake Peavy, but it seems unlikely that Peavy would be coming east.  Peavy is being marketed by the Padres, but he’s a west coast guy and has expressed his desire to stay there.  Do we hear Dodgers?

The other big name still available is the unsigned Pedro Martinez.  The Phillies attendance is showing no signs of a recession so would the Phillies consider opening their pocketbook for Martinez?  It’s “very unlikely” said GM Ruben Amaro Jr.

As for the latest addition to starting rotation, J.A. Happ has won two games since entering the rotation.  He’s 3-0 overall with a 3.00 ERA.  It’s time to consider adding Happ to your starting fantasy baseball rotation.

We’ll take the same approach with Bastardo as we took with Happ.  Give him two starts and then evaluate and consider adding him to your club in NL-only leagues.

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