Back in spring training, Tom Gordon took a trip back to Philadelphia for what was termed a "routine" exam on his shoulder. Back then, there was speculation that Gordon was experiencing problems with the shoulder, although the Phillies denied that there were any problems.
When Brett Myers moved to the bullpen, there were again rumblings that Gordon could be expereiencing some soreness or other problems in his shoulder, but the Phillies again denied that there were any problems.
Now, the problem has gotten so bad that Gordon won't make the trip to San Francisco with the team and will instead return to philly to get his ailing shoulder examined - again. Manager Charlie Manuel reported that Gordon showed up on Wednesday and reported a lot of pain and stiffness in his shoulder. The symptoms are very close to the ones that he went through last August that forced him to head to the DL.
While the Phillies didn't make any official announcement, it appears that Myers will now take over as the Phillies' closer. Myers has turned out to be one of the most effective members of the bullpen since his move to a relief role. In 7 relief outings, Myers has thrown 8.1 innings and has posted a 1.08 ERA. He has never worked out of the bullpen for any extended period of time before being moved there earlier this season. The Phillies will also wait until after Gordon's exam to determine whether he'll wind up on the disabled list or be able to return to the team.