08/31/09 4:55 PM ET
Phils purchase Ennis, place him on DL
Move gives Philadelphia flexibility for postseason roster
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
They purchased the contract of injured right-hander John Ennis and immediately placed him on the 15-day disabled list. To make room for Ennis on the 40-man roster, they designated infielder Brad Harman for assignment.
Any player who is on the active 25-man roster or disabled list on Aug. 31 is eligible for the postseason. In this case, the Phillies have 31 players eligible for the postseason because Brett Myers, J.C. Romero, Clay Condrey, Greg Dobbs, Antonio Bastardo and Ennis are on the disabled list.
Myers, Romero, Condrey, Dobbs and Bastardo are expected to be healthy and playing before the end of the regular season. Ennis is recovering from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery on April 21. He won't be healthy. But his presence on the DL allows the Phillies to add any player that is in the organization on Aug. 31 to the postseason roster.
That is how left-hander J.A. Happ made the postseason roster last year. Pitchers Scott Mathieson and Mike Zagruski were on the 60-day disabled list, which allowed the Phillies to take Happ.
Myers is expected to make rehab appearances Tuesday and Wednesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. If they go well, he could join the Phillies bullpen before the end of the week.
Condrey and Bastardo both made rehab appearances Monday for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Phillies. Condrey allowed one hit and struck out one in one scoreless inning. Bastardo walked one in one scoreless inning.
Dobbs continues to rehab in Clearwater, Fla., and Romero could throw a bullpen session with the Phillies on Tuesday.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.