A few things before the Phils 3:40 showdown in Arizona. Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.92) will take on Joe Saunders (0-2, 4.98).
OSWALT LEAVES — [Update] In a tweet from Matt Gelb: “Phillies say Roy Oswalt has left the team because of significant storms in Mississippi. Team is “hopeful” he will return for next start.”
[Original] It’s still a mystery as to what’s going on with Roy Oswalt. After leaving the game with only three innings and 57 pitches under his belt, many wondered if his sore back was ailing him.
Oswalt then left without talking to reporters. This morning, it was made known that he left the Phillies for personal reasons and that no date was set for his return. Manuel also specified that Oswalt was pulled for his ineffectiveness, not the personal issues or injury.
MAYBERRY IN — Raul Ibanez is a putrid 0-for-24 in his current slump. That is why Ibanez will sit against the left-handed starter for the Diamondbacks, Joe Saunders.
John Mayberry will start in today’s game against the Diamondbacks. Five of Mayberry’s seven hits this season are pinch-hits. Mayberry is only 2-for-10 in three starts this season but his two hits are doubles.
With the way Ibanez is slumping, the Phillies hope Mayberry’s offense kicks it up a notch so he can see more starts and more at-bats.