Chase Utley could be sidelined for some time with a rib
cage injury, so the Phillies need to find some offense
somewhere. Maybe Delmon Young can help. He homered for
the second consecutive game in Wednesday night's 3-0
victory over the Marlins at Marlins Park, which moved
the Phillies within a game of .500 for the first time
since April 15 when they were 6-7. The Phillies were
winless in their last eight attempts to move within a
game of .500 in the last month. Phillies left-hander
Cliff Lee appreciated the help. He repelled the Marlins,
whose offense is on a historic pace to be one of the
worst in ML baseball history. Crafting his 12th career
shutout, Lee allowed three hits, two walks and struck
out five. Of his 115 pitches, 85 of themn were strikes.
He improved to 5-2 with a 2.48 ERA.
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With the Phillies looking for answers in the middle of their bullpen, the Phillies called-up 27-year-old righty B.J. Rosenberg from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Left-hander Raul Valdes, whose ERA inflated to 7.65 after he gave up three runs to the Indians on Wednesday, was sent down to make room on the Major League roster. In seven starts in the Minors this season, Rosenberg was 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA, 24 strikeouts and 20 walks. Rosenberg also spent time with the Phillies last season, primarily in August and September.
Joe Savery and Michael Stutes were also Triple-A options with Major League experience, but Amaro said Savery could not be called up because he was not eligible after being optioned to Lehigh Valley on May 10th. Amaro added that Stutes had been inconsistent.