Don’t expect Phillies to use any starters on short rest

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Chris Carpenter’s first career short-rest start didn’t go well Sunday in Philadelphia and when asked if he’d ever use a Phillies starter on short rest during the playoffs pitching coach Rich Dubee made it pretty clear that he’s against the idea:

Most real good players at this level get accustomed to a routine. Apparently that was Carpenter’s first whack at it. That’s a strange beast right there. You’re going from your normal side day. Then you’re third day generally you can kick back and relax mentally. The fourth day you get ready to pitch. Now all of a sudden you probably didn’t have a side day and you have shorter rest and shorter preparation time.

That’s about as close to criticizing the opposing manager as someone can come without making headlines and creating bulletin board material. And in terms of potential Tony La Russa nicknames I think “strange beast” is a pretty decent one, accidentally.

Of course, in fairness to La Russa there’s a whole lot less need to use a starter on short rest when you’re pitching coach for a team that has four No. 1 starters. Philadelphia’s rotation is so deep that Roy Oswalt is basically just a spot starter and Vance Worley is in the bullpen, so pushing Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee to pitch on three days rest isn’t really necessary even if Dubee agreed with the strategy.

With that said, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes that Dubee has also been true to his word in past seasons when the Phillies weren’t quite as stacked with aces, resisting the urge to use go short rest with Cole Hamels in the 2007 NLDS, Cliff Lee in the 2009 World Series, and Roy Halladay in last year’s playoffs. Things might be different if the choice was between, say, Halladay on short rest or Joe Blanton, but Ruben Amaro Jr. has made sure Dubee and manager Charlie Manuel never have to make that type of call.

Tommy Hunter undergoes surgery to repair flexor tendon

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Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Phillies reliever Tommy Hunter underwent surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, to repair the flexor tendon in his right arm. There was no damage to the ulnar collateral ligament.

Hunter, 33, is in the final year of his two-year, $18 million contract with the Phillies. He was solid last year, posting a 3.80 ERA over 64 innings, but he was only able to pitch 5 1/3 innings this season, though they were all scoreless innings.

Hunter has been one of a litany of Phillies relievers to succumb to the injury bug this season. Seranthony Domínguez, Pat Neshek, and David Robertson are currently on the 60-day injured list while Vìctor Arano and Edubray Ramos are on the 10-day IL.