“The door to the office of Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was closed for more than 30 minutes after the game as Manuel, general manager Ruben Amaro and pitching coach Rich Dubee discussed how to adapt after Jamie Moyer left the game with a strained left elbow.
Manuel said Moyer will most likely have to go on the disabled list.
It was just another setback to a team that has seen more than its share this season. The game was another setback, when the Cardinals ripped the relievers and sent the Phillies to a 7-1 loss Tuesday.
The Phillies (48-45) fell seven games behind the Braves, their largest deficit since they were seven games back with 17 games to play Sept. 17, 2007.
“We’ve got a plan,” Manuel said about filling Moyer’s spot in the rotation, without elaborating.
They also have to fill Kyle Kendrick’s spot after he was sent down to the minors earlier Tuesday.
A trade, of course, can fill one of those spots. At this rate, a trade might not be enough to help the Phillies, who lost for the fifth time in six games since the All-Star break, and all but one of the defeats were lopsided.
“The way our pitching is getting banged up, we’ve got to play like (heck),” Manuel said. “We’ve got to keep our head above water.”
It’ll be difficult without another starting pitcher.
Moyer said he felt fine while warming up in the bullpen. But once the game began, he started feeling some pain in his elbow. He took himself out after allowing two hits in the first inning.
Moyer wouldn’t speculate on the severity of his injury. If he goes on the DL, it’ll be just the fourth time in his 24-year career.”