Gordon on DL with elbow inflammation
Phillies veteran reliever also dealing with sore right shoulder
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies reliever Tom Gordon was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday night with right elbow inflammation.Gordon had 11 days off, from June 15-26, to rest a sore right shoulder. He has appeared in four games since and threw two-thirds of an inning Saturday night, allowing the Mets to score a run on a wild pitch and tack on two more on a double by Brian Schneider. After Saturday's game, Gordon said that his shoulder felt fine. Still, he has not pitched well recently. He has a 13.50 ERA in six outings since June 11, giving up six earned runs on six hits and four walks in four innings during that span. He left the Phillies' clubhouse Sunday without speaking to reporters. "He's had a little tenderness," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We want to see if we can get him up, 100 percent." Gordon also went on the 15-day DL last season with a strained right rotator cuff.
"It's too bad," closer Brad Lidge said. "Hopefully, it won't keep him out for a long time. He's a big piece of our bullpen. Hopefully he can take care of what's bothering him. We need him, for sure. He's a stud, and we're hoping for him to have a speedy recovery."
To fill Gordon's spot on the roster, the Phillies recalled left-hander R.J. Swindle from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.