Saturday, May 12, 2012
Phils Avoid Sweep, Trade Pods, Polly Not Dead & Roster Moves
Ladies and gentlemen, stand up and applaud your Philadelphia Phillies for winning the first game of a series, thus avoiding a sweep. Congratulations, you're not as bad as the Padres for one day!
Good Bye Podfather:
Scott Podsednik has been "traded" to the Boston Red Sox. I use the term trade lightly, considering the return for Pods is money, not even the all-too-famous PTBNL (Player To Be Named Later). Podsednik had spent parts of the 2011 and 2012 season with the Iron Pigs, never really doing anything worthy of a call-up.
Polly Deserves a Cracker:
A few weeks ago I suggested Placido Polanco might want to contemplate retiring. Honestly, I said that in jest, but I did wholeheartedly believe he should be removed from the regular gig at 3rd base. Well, he's back to his hitting ways. Guess he's not dead yet. He's now batting .283, albeit with a weak .659 OPS, but we'll take what we can get.
Maybe I should start in on J-Roll's appalling .229/.544 showcasing of diminished talent.
Flurry of Roster Moves:
Off Active Roster- Laynce Nix to DL, Michael Martinez transferred to the 60-day DL, Michael Schwimer, Brian Sanches, Erik Kratz, and Joe Savery optioned to minors.
On Active Roster- Cliff activated from DL, Jacob Diekman, Raul Valdes, Mike Fontenot, and Hector Luna called up from minors.
It would be nice of the training staff to invent an injury for Jose Contreras while they're at it...elbow tendonitis perhaps. That way the bullpen wouldn't be subjected to his complete ineffectiveness.