Gordon placed on DL because of elbow problems.
Gordon had 11 days off, from June 15-26, to rest a sore right shoulder. He has appeared in four games since and threw two-thirds of an inning Saturday night, allowing the Mets to score a run on a wild pitch and tack on two more on a double by Brian Schneider.
After Saturday’s game, Gordon said that his shoulder felt fine. Still, he has not pitched well recently. He has a 13.50 ERA in six outings since June 11, giving up six earned runs on six hits and four walks in four innings during that span.
He left the Phillies’ clubhouse Sunday without speaking to reporters.
“He’s had a little tenderness,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “We want to see if we can get him up, 100 percent.”
Gordon also went on the 15-day DL last season with a strained right rotator cuff.
“It’s too bad,” closer Brad Lidge said. “Hopefully, it won’t keep him out for a long time. He’s a big piece of our bullpen. Hopefully he can take care of what’s bothering him. We need him, for sure. He’s a stud, and we’re hoping for him to have a speedy recovery.”
To fill Gordon’s spot on the roster, the Phillies recalled left-hander R.J. Swindle from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. (H/T Phillies.com)
I have only one question on this: Why wasn’t this done sooner. If Gordon’s shoulder was bothering him, why didn’t they just put him on the DL when it was first discovered, giving it a chance to get better? GGGRRRRR!!!! Better he be out for 15 days now, instead of being out for who knows how long, later.