PHILS LOSE TO REDS 5-3 AND OTHER NEWS

KENDRICK JUST A TAD SHAKY IN START AGAINST REDS

Yesterday Kyle Kendrick got the start against the Reds in Clearwater. Kendrick gave up 5 runs on 10 hits in 5 IP, with 4 of the runs coming in the first inning basically all of them seeing-eye singles. At first I thought he was just getting real unlucky and all his ground balls were just getting hit where the fielder’s weren’t, but as the innings went on it was just getting worse. At one point he did retire 6 hitters in a row so that was a little comforting, I guess? Offensively there isn’t much to talk about. Howard had an RBI single int he first, Jenkins had an RBI double, and Feliz added an RBI single also. Today the Phils go against the Yankees again at home in Clearwater with Myers getting the start, his final spring outing before Opening Day.

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Brad Lidge threw in a minor league game yesterday and was impressive once again. He pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up no runs and not hits while striking out 4. I realize these are minor league hitters but this is still really good news and I think my earlier prediction of him having a good year is looking pretty good right now.

 

BLACKLEY’S LOCKER FOUND EMPTY

Yesterday reporters and players alike found Travis Blackley’s locker to be empty. Todd Zolecki explains exactly what situation Blackley is in right now, it is a bit complicated so here it is.

It’s complicated, but it’s interesting to know the process (if you’re a baseball beat writer anyway). Because Blackley is a two-time Rule 5 pick, he goes through a different procedure than a first-time Rule 5 pick, which is clearing waivers and then being offered back to his former team. If Blackley clears outright waivers this time, he then is given a contemplated outright to both the triple-A Lehigh Valley and Fresno clubs. This outright gives the player two choices:

  1. Accept the assignment.
  2. Reject the assignment and become a free agent.

Blackley must choose what he wants to do for both organizations, but if he chooses to become a free agent he relinquishes any salary he might have earned if he were assigned to the minors. Once Blackley has chosen to accept the assignment to triple-A (for both teams) or become a free agent, he then is offered back to the Giants. The Giants have 24 hours to decide whether or not to take Blackley back.

But that’s the catch.

The Giants don’t know if Blackley has chosen free agency. So if the Giants say, “Yes, we want Blackley back,” they would pay the Phillies $25,000 (the price to take the player back) only to learn that player has chosen free agency. Kind of messed up, but that’s how it works. Once the Giants make a decision on Blackley, the Phillies and Giants will know where he ends up.

So basically I think in the end he will wind up being in AAA Lehigh Valley with the Iron Pigs. I don’t see the Giants paying 25 grand to take him back not knowing whether or not he is a free agent. I still don’t see how J.D. Durbin has earned himself a spot over Blackley but who knows. I’m guessing Durbin is sent down April 5th when Lidge returns and if Snelling makes the team over Helms, then he will be sent down when the Phils find that lefty reliever they have been seeking. The Phils have yet to speak publicly about Blackley or about Snelling possibly being on the opening day roster but I’m sur ehtey will soon so stay tuned…

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