It’s that time again. Time for another addition of “As the Phillies Roster Turns.” This season has brought many changes to the roster, and today’s episode shows one of the best changes.
Welcome back Ryan “Big Piece” Howard.
Howard, and his achilles, was reinstated to the team. This means that the first base duo of Ty Wigginton and John Mayberry Jr. is kind of over. (I say kind of because Howard will most likely have the Chase Utley treatment to begin with.)
The real question is, why are eh bringing him back now? Why not wait until after the All-Star break to re-instate him?
As as I can figure there are 2 reasons to bring him back now:
1) None of the local affiliates a home this weekend. With Lakewood, Reading and Lehigh Valley all on the road, they had no place to play him. He’s a major leaguer, they don’t travel to rehab game on the road.
Since there is nowhere local for him to play, why not bring him home? And let’s be honest, at this point, he can only help.
2) The Phillies are trying to re-energize a fan base that, well, has no reason to be energized. The front office is giving the fans something to cheer for, just like they did with Utley last week.
Good-bye Hector Luna.
Luna was optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley today. Since I’m not quite sure what his role on the team, outside of benchwarmer, was, we won’t miss him. He did have 2 memorable home runs and a fail on my part for not writing about him hitting moon shots.