Franklin averaged 201 innings a year over the past three seasons with the Mariners, and he signed a contract over the winter to do that with the Phillies. He moved to the bullpen when Gavin Floyd pitched his way into the rotation in spring training. Now Floyd has pitched his way back to the minors, and the Phillies could use some assistance in their rotation.
"I can pitch five innings now (and work from there)," Franklin said. "I believe I'll help the team that way. We need to get on a roll here and start winning some games. I think I can give us innings and a chance to win."
The Opening Day rotation of Jon Lieber, Brett Myers, Cory Lidle, Floyd and Ryan Madson has been hit with inconsistency and injuries. Only Myers and Lidle have made every start. Prospect Cole Hamels joined the rotation for two starts before heading to the disabled list, though he's set to come back Tuesday. Franklin just wants his manager to know he's available.
"If they want to do it, I'll do it," Franklin said.
REPLAY: Chase Utley had a single, a double and a homer Sunday, and he drove in two runs in the Phillies' 6-4 win over Los Angeles. A three-run eighth inning broke a 3-3 tie, with Utley bringing in the go-ahead run. Tom Gordon notched his 17th save.
Starter Brett Myers lasted 6 2/3 innings, and he worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the sixth.