dans2 wrote:philadelphia resident.. comcast sportsnet reports Gordon has had shoulder problems all season.. OUT for season most likely and Myers is the closer...
I've found some indications that this may be true:
Leah Zerbe, NBC10 - Greater Philadelphia wrote:After the Phillies dropped another one to the Braves on Wednesday night and fell five games behind the division leaders, it became pretty clear that the organization has a few more issues to add to the plate. Whether they’ll turn out to be problems or perks is yet to be seen.
Closer Tom “Flash” Gordon will not join the team in its next series against the San Francisco Giants because of an ailing shoulder that many believe is shot.
The Inquirer reported that the Phillies finally acknowledged that its 40-year-old closer has been having shoulder issues for months, and many are infuriated that he's been pitching with a bum arm all this time, costing the Phils big time.
This injury officially pushes Brett Meyers into Gordon's old role. Fellow blogger Dan Stamm will have more on this later, but now let's take a look at another developing issue taking place in the outfield.
Here is the actual Inquirer article; out of context above?
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phi ... ordon.html
Jim Salisbury, Philadelphia Inquirer wrote:After the game, the Phils suffered another loss. Manuel announced that closer Tom Gordon arrived at the ballpark with a sore right shoulder and is headed home to be checked by team physician Michael Ciccotti.
Gordon's sore shoulder means the Brett Myers era as closer will begin tonight in San Francisco.
As Manuel announced Gordon's status, it became clear that the organization misled the public about the pitcher's condition in spring training.
Remember that not-so-secret trip home to Philadelphia that Gordon took in the spring? Remember how team officials insisted that Gordon's shoulder, which landed him on the disabled list last season, was fine? Remember how the Phils repeatedly said he went home for a routine exam?
Turns out that was a whole load of compost.
"He was stiff," Manuel admitted last night.
Stiff when he went back to Philly?
"Yeah," Manuel said. "He was sore in spring training."
Gordon had that exam on March 12 and didn't pitch until March 17. He has blown three saves this season and has mentioned that his arm strength is lacking. Now, at least everyone knows why. The Phillies have finally told the truth.
I can't find anything indicate that Gordon is out for the season and/or that Myers is now closing.
If you're a battery, you're either working or you're dead....