07/05/09 1:54 PM ET
Phillies activate Eyre, option Escalona
Veteran left-handed reliever returns from strained left calf
By David Gurian-Peck / MLB.com
"Hi," he said, hand outstretched, to Ryan Howard. "I'm Scott Eyre."
The Phillies activated the left-handed reliever from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, optioning lefty Sergio Escalona to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Eyre, 37, said that no pain is lingering from the strained left calf that sidelined him since June 12.
"It feels better than before I hurt it," Eyre said. "That's what you get for all the work."
Eyre felt a couple of pops in his calf running in from the bullpen on June 11 against the Mets. He still got his job done, retiring Fernando Martinez on two pitches and earning the win, but had limited mobility and landed on the DL one day later.
Eyre made two rehab appearances for Double-A Reading before rejoining the club. He started on Wednesday -- a "different" and uncomfortable feeling, he said, considering that his last big league start was in 2002 -- and allowed three hits, one run, one walk and one home run in two-thirds of an inning.
"Rusty is a good word," Eyre said. "I hadn't pitched in like 16 days."
But physically, Eyre felt fine. He had had better results in a relief outing on Friday, when he fanned two in a scoreless inning, and said he's ready to resume his situational duties in manager Charlie Manuel's bullpen.
In 25 games (14 innings) this season, Eyre is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA and 10 holds. Opponents are hitting just .196 against the 13-year veteran.
Escalona, 24, has appeared in six games while shuttling between Lehigh Valley and the Phils. He was 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA and four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Condrey throws bullpen session: Reliever Clay Condrey, on the DL since June 23 (retroactive to June 19) with a strained left oblique, threw his first bullpen session Sunday.
The 33-year-old right-hander tossed approximately 30 pitches and is taking it slow. Condrey plans to rest Monday and take the mound again Tuesday, but does not know when he might begin a rehab assignment.
"Everything went as planned so far," Condrey said. "It went good. I didn't feel anything. Nothing was caught in there."
David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.