Brad Lidge is expected to rejoin the Phils by the end of the week, with Scott Eyre returning by the end of the following week. This likely means a return to the "Plus Eight" bullpen, and some time in historic Lehigh Valley for Messrs. Taschner and Bako.
Ryan Howard spent the weekend in and out of the hospital with flu-like symptoms.
Hopefully, he'll be OK for the interleague road trip. No one wants to see Eric Bruntlett DH'ing.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA) finally lost again, 4-2, to the Norfolk Tides. Mike Spidale responded to a promotion to the leadoff spot with an 0 for 5 day, dropping his AAA avg. to .316. Andrew Carpenter received his first loss, in seven decisions, permitting three runs (nine hits, one walk/three strikeouts) in six innings.
The Reading Phillies (AA) lost to the Harrisburg Senators, 8-7. The winning Senators run scored on a bases-loaded walk with two outs in top of the ninth inning, permitted by lefty Mike Zagurski. The R-Phils trailed 4-0, before they got their first at-bat. Brian Stavisky and Jeremy Slayden each had four-hit games. Vance Worley had an ineffective start, surrendering five runs, on eight hits and two walks, surviving only four innings. The R-Phils seemed primed for a walk-off victory, inspired by Twisted Sister's finest, before their final at-bat. But former Phils prospect Zack Segovia finished them off in the ninth.