PHILADELPHIA — Scott Eyre has been placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left calf. Kyle Kendrick has been recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill the roster spot.
The injury occurred last night at Citi Field in New York. The move to put him on the DL today did not come as much of a surprise, after Phillies manager Charlie Manuel told reporters that Eyre “could be out for awhile.”
The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. The Phillies bullpen is already depleted after losing closer Brad Lidge to the DL earlier in the week (June 7). That injury forced lights out set-up man Ryan Madson into the closer role, leaving the seventh and eight inning as a bit of an adventure, with most of the work bouncing around between Eyre, J.C. Romero, and Chad Durbin.
The loss of an often overlooked, but valuable part of the bullpen really has the potential to hurt the Phillies in the late innings.
Kyle Kendrick will be on the twenty-five man roster tonight to replace Eyre. Kendrick, a former Phillies starter, got hit hard toward the end of last summer and has been in the Phillies minor-league system, developing an off-speed pitch ever since. Kendrick, who seems to be improving is 4-4 with a 4.03 ERA in twelve starts for the ‘Pigs.