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Replacing Padilla: Now and In The Future

Replacing Padilla: Now and In The Future

Officially, the Phillies still believe that Vicente Padilla will start Saturday against Boston. Privately though, they have to consider how to replace him if he can't go and how to replace him long-term if he can't turn around his season.

Originally, Vicente Padilla was supposed to pitch Tuesday. Then he was bumped to Wednesday. Then Padilla was pushed back to at least Saturday because of an inflamed neck muscle. Padilla (3-6, 6.23 ERA in 10 starts) has been the undisputed weak link in the Phils' rotation. To cover for his absence, the Phils moved Robinson Tejeda up in the rotation to start Wednesday's game against the Mets. Cory...

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