Aug 302010

Phillies reliever Scott Mathieson

August 30 Philadelphia Inquirer

“Last season, the Phillies called up seven players once rosters expanded in September. Expect a similar amount of help this season.

On Wednesday, major-league rosters expand from 25 players to 40. Plenty of candidates in the minors could help fill out the roster during a pennant race. They won’t all arrive Wednesday.

“I think there will be stages,” said Scott Proefrock, the Phillies’ assistant general manager. “We may have somebody come Sept. 1. We may have somebody come Sept. 3. We may have somebody come Sept. 7. I don’t think they’ll all come at once. It depends on what the situation entails.”

Greg Dobbs will surely be one of the first summoned to the majors. Dobbs, who has been designated for assignment twice this season, is hitting .154 (4 for 26) at triple-A Lehigh Valley since accepting a minor-league assignment Aug. 21. He has struggled mightily in the majors as a pinch-hitter in 2010, but had flourished in the role before.

Proefrock said the team would recall a third catcher, either Paul Hoover or Dane Sardinha, both of whom have spent time with the Phillies this season. Neither is on the 40-man roster.

A player must be on the 40-man roster to be added in September. The Phillies have 38 players on it, but lefthander Jamie Moyer can be shifted to the 60-day disabled list to free up another spot.

Plenty of candidates for recall are already on the 40-man roster. Among pitchers, righthanders Andrew Carpenter, Vance Worley, and Scott Mathieson and lefthander Mike Zagurski could come up.

Mathieson, despite a 2.93 ERA and 25 saves for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, is less of a possibility than he was before. The Phillies hired Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter to work with relievers at triple A and double A, and he is teaching Mathieson a splitter. The Phillies could wait to bring up Mathieson after the end of the triple-A season next Monday or keep him paired with Sutter elsewhere.”

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