Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Phils place Bastardo on DL

The Phillies placed left-hander Antonio Bastardo on the 15-day disabled list late Monday night with a strained shoulder.

Bastardo left in the fourth inning of his last start and returned to Philadelphia, where he saw a doctor on Monday. Pitching against Tampa Bay last Thursday, the rookie gave up six runs in the first two innings to waste a 4-0 lead.

Bastardo is 2-3 with a 6.75 ERA in five starts and has lost his past three outings. The Phillies' starters have an NL-worst 5.21 ERA and are averaging less than six innings per game.

Lefty reliever Sergio Escalona was brought up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Bastardo's spot on the roster.

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