The Ever-Shuffling Phillies Bullpen

By Dan Stamm
|  Saturday, Jul 25, 2009  |  Updated 5:45 PM EDT
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The Ever-Shuffling Phillies Bullpen

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Clay Condrey wasn't able to pitch enough to be effective again.

The Phillies bullpen continued to be a revolving door Saturday as one reliever was shut down, one sent down and two former Major Leaguers were recalled -- we will explain.

Clay Condrey was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. He had just come back to the bullpen last week after he was shut down in late-June with the same injury.

The injury was “not as bad” or painful as before but it prevented him from working on back-to-back days so he decided to shut it down, the 33-year-old right-hander told the News Journal.

The other guy leaving the pen was Andrew Carpenter. The 24-year-old was shelled for three hits, one walk, two runs and a homer in only 1.1 innings in two appearances since being recalled.

The guys sent to replace C.C. and A.C. in the pen were former Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick and former Rockies reliever Steven Register.

Kendrick spent one game in the Phillies pen earlier this season giving up three runs and four hits over two innings while taking the loss against Boston. That performance was a far cry from the righty’s rookie season in 2007 when he went 10-4 with a 3.87 ERA.

Register, a 26-year-old righty was claimed off waivers from the Rockies earlier this season. He posted a 9.00 ERA in 10 games with the 2008 Rockies.

The righty’s first day in red pinstripes was a strange one, according to MLB.com.

Before the game, he was on the field with his teammates for Photo Day, shaking hands with fans who could not recognize the club's newest member.

"Anybody that knew who I was, I took a picture with," Register said, laughing.

The injuries sure have piled up on the pen. The only Phillies relievers who haven’t spent time on the DL this season are Chan Ho Park and Ryan Madson.

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