Injuries Cause Roster Shuffle and Trade

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Posted Aug 23, 2006


With both Aaron Rowand and Tom Gordon winding up on the disabled list, the Phillies did some roster juggling. Part of the juggling included a trade with Pittsburgh to bring Jose Hernandez to Philadelphia.

When Phillies center fielder Aaron Rowand and second baseman Chase Utley collided in shallow right-center field Monday night, it started a chain of events that might not be finished unfolding.

The biggest news was that Rowand's left ankle is fractured, and that is almost certain to sideline him for the remainder of the regular season.

"I'll just have to make the best of it and root for my teammates for the rest of the season," Rowand said.

"He's our center fielder, a regular player," manager Charlie Manuel said. "Anytime you lose a guy who plays ever yday, it hurts."

Rowand wasn't alone in the trainer's room. Utley was out of the lineup thanks to the lingering effects of the collision. Utley tweaked his right ankle and was replaced in the starting lineup by Danny Sandoval.

"It was a little sore right after it happened, and I definitely could feel it when I woke up this [Tuesday] morning," Utley said. "It's precautionary. It's not going to be too big of a deal. It definitely wasn't as bad as (Rowand's injury)."

The loss of Rowand caused a shakeup in the roster that included a trade and two call-ups, one of which lasted for less than 12 hours. The Phillies needed to fill two roster spots because closer Tom Gordon (sore shoulder) also hit the disabled list after Monday night's game.

Early Tuesday morning, infielder/outfielder Joe Thurston had his contract purchased from AAA Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, and he was on the 25-man roster for Tuesday night's game. Then outfielder Michael Bourn, on hiatus from Scranton-Wilkes-Barre while he prepared to play for the United States in an Olympic qualifying tournament, had to leave the national team in Kissimmee, Florida and join the Phils to replace Rowand on the roster.

A couple of hours prior to Tuesday's game, assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. announced that the Phillies had acquired infielder/outfielder Jose Hernandez from the Pirates for cash. The meant the Phillies had to clear a roster spot, and Bourn - who didn't arrive at Wrigley Field in time to suit up for Tuesday's game - had to turn around and fly back to Florida.

The moves may not be finished, since the Phillies' bullpen is now down a man. The Phillies don't feel very confident with any of the young relief candidates at AAA and speculation is that they are looking for a deal to acquire a reliever to help during Gordon's absence.

With Thurston joining the Phillies, Reading's Gary Burnham was promoted to AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Last week, Burnham became Reading's all-time homerun king and was also awarded the Eastern League Player of the Week honors.



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