In a span of a week, here's what the Phillies have lost from their roster due to injuries: 2nd baseman Chase Utley with a broken hand (.336 avg, 79 r, 82 rbi, .995 ops), Ryan Madson with a shoulder strain (3.05 era and 58 bullpen innings), Michael Bourn with a ankle sprain (.284 avg, 18 sb, .755 ops from the bench), and Shane Victorino with a calf strain (.284 avg., 72 r, 32 sb, and .781 ops). Utley and Madson are out for at least a month. Bourn and Victorino's injuries happened last night and the Phils are unsure how serious each case is. My guess is one and probably both end up on the DL, although they're listed as day-to-day right now. That leaves Greg Dobbs as our RF for the time being...scary!
Gillick did a good job of wasting no time in filling the 2nd base void with Tadahito Iguchi, who is doing a fine job with the Phils so far. For the time being, Madson has been replaced with Gas Can Geary, but I would not be surprised if Gillick didn't reel himself in a reliever today. I'm hoping he works the phones and lands an outfielder for the same bounty as it took to get Gooch. Outfielder names we could make a play for include Jacque Jones, Juan Encarnacion, Ryan Church, and Reggie Sanders. Even though Jayson Werth is set to come off the DL, I'd rather have another reinforcement for the outfield if both Vic and Bourn are gone for 15 or more days. Patty G has the golden opportunity to play hero to the city of Philly today, as we're very much alive in the playoff hunt, but obviously in need of some stabilizing players.
Yesterday Gillick ruffled some feathers by trading away left-handed 23 year old pitching prospect Matt Maloney to the Reds for Kyle Lohse. Lohse's win/loss record is and unimpressive 6-12, but that is due largely in part to poor run support. His 4.58 era, 1.34 whip, and excellent control seem like an improvement over "The Real Deal" JD Durbin. I see this as an okay trade, not a huge difference, but enough of one that may make the difference. Durbin can now fill the role of long reliever and continue working on his composure in the bullpen. I foresee Lohse putting up similar numbers to the ones he did for Cincy, but with more wins than losses due to our superior offense. As far as Maloney goes, he was a 4th/5th starter at best and was far from a "can't miss" prospect, so dealing him didn't sting too much.
Phils won, picking up a 1/2 game on the Mets and in the Wild Card standings. Cole Hamels pitched brilliantly. Brett Myers looked filthy. Fence-Face Rowand continues to be a lineup savior. Tadahito Iguchi has transitioned well into the Phils lineup, stealing his 1st bag and hitting his 1st homerun yesterday. All of the positives are humbled though as we wait in limbo for the verdict on Vic and Bourn's injuries.