My roster is kind of a mess right now. We are only allowed to have 2 DL spots and I have Rich Harden and John Patterson on my DL, and both are not expected to return earlier than the first week of June, maybe a week after.
My pitching is as follows:
SP: B. Myers
SP: D. Haren
SP: K. Escobar
SP: C. Hamels
RP: J. Papelbon
RP: T. Gordon
P: B. Ryan
P: C. Ray
DL: R. Harden
DL: J. Patterson
Here is the latest report on Hamels:
The Phillies hope to have Cole Hamels (shoulder) make a rehab start on May 30 or 31 and rejoin the rotation five days later.
It would be best to be cautious, but the Phillies appear to be confident that Hamels' shoulder injury isn't significant. "It was better than we initially thought," GM Pat Gillick said. "It could've been more severe. Hopefully, it's no more than a strain."
So that would mean that I have 3 active SP's until Hamels come back (around June 5th according to the news above). I would then have 4 starters for 1 week before my other two SP's came back, and I'd have to make some roster adjustments to activate them, one most likely, would include dropping or trading Hamels.
I'm to the point where I don't think it's worth hanging onto Hamels and potentially losing head to head matchups in pitching for the next 2 weeks. I could get by this week, if I had to, but I'd be severely limited next week, although Haren, and Myers should now both get 2 starts next week.
I could pick up Gil Meche (who has pitched well, especially at home) for tomorrow night's start vs BAL and Rodrigo Lopez (who's awful, and worse on the road), then drop Meche and pick up Felix Hernandez for FRI's start vs Liriano and the Twins. If Hernandez pitches well, I could keep him, if not I could drop him and pick up Matt Cain for SAT's game vs Josh Fogg and the Rockies, in SF, and then plan on keeping Cain until my other two starters come back. What do you think. Go a man short and keep Hamels, or drop him (he won't put up better numbers in the long haul to Felix or Cain)?
Really could use some advice on this.