Aug 292010

Phillies reliever Danys Baez

August 28 Philadelphia Inquirer

Danys Baez ‘s back spasms might not be serious enough to keep him out for 15 days, but at this time of the season, the Phillies decided to make him the 17th player on the disabled list for a few reasons.

First, they would prefer a completely healthy bullpen on this seven-game West Coast road trip.

“We just didn’t want to be short, pitching-wise,” Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. “It’s unfortunate because the last few times out, Danys had thrown the ball well.”

Second, it provides the Phillies with more flexibility should they make the postseason. With Baez, Ross Gload , and Jamie Moyer on the disabled list, the Phils have 28 players to choose from in building a playoff roster. Major-league rules state that players are eligible for the playoffs only if they are on the 25-man active roster or disabled list at midnight of Aug. 31.

Actually, the Phillies will have beyond 28 players from whom to select. Because Moyer will not pitch again this season, he can be replaced by any player currently in the organization – including those not on the 40-man roster. It also does not have to be a pitcher who replaces Moyer.

“We have that flexibility,” Proefrock said.

The Phillies have used that flexibility in the past. In 2008, J.A. Happ was a September call-up but was on the postseason roster because he replaced one of the many disabled Phillies. Last season, the team purchased the contract of righthander John Ennis on Aug. 31 only to place him on the disabled list. That was done to allow flexibility, which the Phillies never used.”

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