Well, with this little six game West Coast inter-league swing under way news has come out that it looks as if Randy Wolf is going to need Tommy John surgery (although he, like Pat Burrell last year, is seeking a second opinion). What do all these players seeking second opinions say about the Phillies choice of doctors, or is this a normal occurance throughout major league baseball?
I digress though. I have two questions to pose tonight. One what do you do now that Wolf is done for the season? I am ok with giving Rob Tejada another start or two because of how well he did in his last start, but can you really win with him in the starting rotation? Do you bring up Floyd (and yes I know he is getting killed in the minors right now)? I am actually an advocate of this move. If only because what that kid needs is a boost of confidence and theres no better confidence boost than being called up. Or you can make a trade. Ed Wade trading for anything besides a middle reliever whould be something new wouldn’t it? Rumor has it that the A’s are willing to listen to offers for Barry Zito. Although he is having an off year (4-7) record, his run support has not been what you would call stellar. Would you do the trade if we got Zito and only had to give up Tejada? Other names I have heard that are on the trading block are Joe Kennedy of the Rockies (and even CBP would seem like a pitchers park to him after pitching in Coors Field) and Pittsburgh’s Kip Wells. Who do the Phillies trade, that is the question.
My second concern is why, with Wolf’s roster spot being open, are we dealing with the likes of Thomas Perez and Ramon Martinez playing first in these AL parks while Ryan Howard is crushing the ball down in AAA to the tune of a .370 batting average?