We here at WSBGMs love us a Phucco. However, if Josh Fogg makes it into the elite company of Andy Van Slyke and Dan Plesac we'll be less than thrilled. The Phillies inked Fogg to a minor league deal yesterday for some depth in the system. If they were looking to stockpile craptastic pitchers, then BINGO!, they found their man. Fogg may have rolled up a 3.74 ERA last year with the Rockies, but prior to that he was a hot mess. His career ERA spanning 9 seasons with the Rox, Buccos, Reds, and ChiSox is 5.03 with a record of 62-69. He's not Kyle Abbot bad, but he's not even Omar Daal good.
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When spring training began JC Romero was the player lagging behind health-wise. Now, he's the leader of the injury brigade. Romero is likely to return to a MLB mound near you mid-April. The same can't be said for Brad Lidge as he received a cortisone shot yesterday in his elbow to help reduce swelling and gain ease of motion. He's been horrible against minor leaguers so far this spring and his fastball is only hitting 87 mph. Not good! Also, Joe Blanton strained an oblique yesterday which means DL is a probably destination for him too. That's 3 prominent pitchers to start the season on the DL. Kyle Kendrick can fill in for Blanton during his absence, but the bullpen options for Romero and Lidge are lackluster.