Phillies placed 2B Chase Utley on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21, with a right oblique strain.
General manager Ruben Amaro described the strain as "very mild," so, all things considered, it's pretty good news for the Phils. Amaro is hopeful that Utley will be ready when his two weeks are up, but it's possible he could be out as long as four weeks. Freddy Galvis will function as the primary second baseman while Utley is out. The team will make a corresponding move prior to Friday's game.
Chad Durbin sports a hideous 10.38 ERA in May.
His season ERA of 8.10 isn't much better. Durbin sat at a decent 3.52 ERA on April 29. Since that time, he's been a human pi'ata, allowing 10 runs on 10 hits and four homers over just 3 2/3 innings. Durbin, 35, registered a solid 3.10 ERA in 61 innings last season for the Braves. Philadelphia may be wondering if they purchased a $1.1 million mole at this point.
Antonio Bastardo has a 2.35 ERA through 19 appearances despite a mediocre 1.43 WHIP.
Bastardo has also blown two saves. He's punching out 4.6 less hitters per nine innings then he did last year, when he had a poor 4.33 ERA, and he's allowing more hits and walks. If Bastardo doesn't become stingier with base runners, his peripherals will begin to wreak havoc on his ERA.
Jeremy Horst has not carried over his success from 2012, posting a 5.09 ERA and 1.58 WHIP over 17 2/3 innings.
Luckily for him, Philly's bullpen depth is poor. A lack of attractive alternative options will only save Horst's job for so long, however, if he keeps getting lit up at this rate. Horst posted a 1.74 ERA over 44 games in limited time the last two seasons, which is probably why the Phillies have given him as much rope as they have.
Carlos Zambrano allowed one (unearned) run over four innings Thursday at extended spring training.
Zambrano was also good in his first extended spring training start last week, striking out five batters over two scoreless innings. He yielded four hits and a walk on Thursday while fanning four. The right-hander could be an option for the Phils sooner than expected.