The Phillies today traded a player-to-be-named-later for Astros left-handed reliever Stephen Randolph.The 34-year-old Randolph â€” born in Okinawa, Japan â€” is a journeyman who this season with AAA Round Rock, has gone 0-1 with a 1.23 ERA in 14.2 innings. He has struck out 21 and walked 11.
In 2007 with Houston, Randolph went 0-1 with a 12.15 ERA in 13.1 innings.
It sure looks like Randolph could come right up to Philadelphia, as the organization may not be ready to bring up lefties RJ Swindle or Fabio Castro, and Steve Kline doesn’t look like the right fit in the big-league bullpen. Pat Gillick said he was openly looking for left-handed help, so don’t be shocked if Randolph comes up and the team lets go of long-man Clay Condrey, moving the struggling Ryan Madson to a long-relief spot.