08/18/12 6:22 PM ET
Manuel says Phillies aren't 'down' on Bastardo
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Antonio Bastardo? He has not pitched since Aug. 8.
"He's all right," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
Manuel said it is nothing more than a matter of circumstance why Bastardo, who entered the season as the team's left-handed setup man, has not pitched in 10 days, while every other pitcher in the bullpen has made an appearance no longer than four days ago.
"We ain't down on him or nothing," Manuel said. "We're going to pitch him."
Bastardo is 2-4 with a 5.45 ERA in 45 appearances. It has been quite a fall from last season, when he went 6-1 with a 2.64 ERA in 64 appearances. But Bastardo, who struggled the final month of 2011, also is 2-5 with a 6.80 ERA in 53 appearances since Sept. 3.
Asked if Bastardo can be the team's No. 1 left-hander in the bullpen in 2013, Manuel said, "It gets back to consistency. The talent is there. We've got to get him right. If we can get him back to where he was when he was pitching for us last year, he was good. He had a big time year for us. He was my big surprise last year. I think we can get him back there -- really."
Rosenberg not capitalizing on relief chances
MILWAUKEE -- Phillies right-hander B.J. Rosenberg is getting an opportunity to pitch in the bullpen, but so far, the results have not been there.
He is 0-1 with a 12.91 ERA in eight appearances. It is a small sample size, but in 7 1/3 innings, he has allowed seven hits and eight walks. He has struck out nine. Rosenberg certainly would like to cut down his walks.
"He's learning," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's new. He's young. He's inexperienced at this level. He's got a good arm. He's got talent."
Pierre on verge of 11th 30-steal season
MILWAUKEE -- Phillies outfielder Juan Pierre needs one more stolen base to reach 30 this season. He has stolen 30 or more bases in a season 10 times.
If he reaches that plateau for an 11th time, he will be tied with Willie Wilson, Bert Campareris, Honus Wagner, Otis Nixon and Ozzie Smith for the eighth-most 30-steal seasons in baseball history. Rickey Henderson has the most (21).
Lou Brock and Max Carey are tied for second with 14. Brett Butler, Eddie Collins, Tim Raines and Ty Cobb are tied for fourth with 12.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.