PHILADELPHIA -- It is no secret that the Phillies' bullpen needs help.
Philadelphia's relief corps entered Wednesday's series finale against Washington with a 4.30 ERA, the worst in the National League. Looking ahead to next season, there are plenty of holes to fill behind closer Jonathan Papelbon -- assuming he is not traded in the offseason -- so anybody who wants to step up over the final few weeks of the season is welcome.
Right-hander B.J. Rosenberg has done just that recently. Since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Aug. 18, he has 10 scoreless appearances. Over 8 2/3 innings he has allowed four hits, three walks and struck out nine.
Opponents have hit .133 against him.
"I've used a little bit of a different grip with my slider, and that seems to have helped," Rosenberg said. "A lot of it was mechanical. I came from out of the windup and did a little tap step on the way back, and it helped me get over the rubber and carry a little more angle on the ball. That has also helped me in the stretch -- angling the ball. I've been getting a lot of groundouts and keeping the ball down."
Rosenberg throws 97 mph, which makes him dangerous when he is getting movement on his pitches and throwing them for strikes.
"I feel great," he said. "My arm feels really, really good. If you put together a few good outings, you do feel more confident. If you have a bad outing, you can try to look back at the other ones. That just comes from getting more experience up here. I feel more comfortable.
"I'm not trying to think about next year. I'm trying to pitch well while I'm here. Nothing is ever guaranteed. I'm just trying to impress [interim manager Ryne Sandberg]. I want them to have confidence in me that I can do this job. I'll take things as they come next year."
Tendinitis in Achilles temporarily shuts down Brown
PHILADELPHIA -- An MRI has revealed tendinitis in Domonic Brown's right Achilles, and he won't be doing any baseball activities "for a while," he said. "At least a week."
But Brown does expect to play again before the end of the season, which comes on Sept. 29 against the Braves at Turner Field.
"I just want to get the inflammation out of there," he said. "It keeps nagging."
Wells looking for insight into eye woes
PHILADELPHIA -- Outfielder Casper Wells hopes to get some advice from Braves hitters Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman this weekend.
McCann and Freeman dealt with vision problems in the past, perhaps similar to the "dry eye" Wells has experienced, a condition that has put him on the disabled list and that he believes could be a complication from LASIK surgery.
"I'm curious to see what they say, because it seems like they're over it and they're swinging the bat pretty well," Wells said of the Atlanta pair. "There was a time of frustration with them."
Wells went just 1-for-23 with the Phillies before he landed on the DL.
"He admitted to me that he was playing with, a lot of times, a blurred type of vision, and it would come and go," interim manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It came and went on how he blinked, if he blinked and it cleared or if he blinked and it didn't. He didn't know. Not only do I feel for him, but it was dangerous. Sounds like he's gotten some answers and he's working on some things. It was good for him to get that help and see somebody. Came down to some eye drops to get rid of the dry eye that he was having."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.