The Phils scratched out a 8-3 win last night on the strength of 7 strong innings from Jamie Moyer. Ryan Howard, fresh off the DL and 2 rehab starts for the Lakewood Blueclaws, was 1-4 with a 2 run double. To make room for Howard, Phils' GM Pat Gillick sent popular utility player Chris Coste down to the minors.
The interesting part of the Coste move wasn't necessarily that he got sent down, but rather that he got sent down to AA Reading, bypassing AAA Ottawa on his way back to the bus leagues. Why Reading? According to Asst. GM Reuben Amaro's interview on the telecast last night, it was so that Coste could get in some more work as a catcher. Is the big club so interested in Jason Jaramillo and his .237 average that there isn't room for Coste on the Lynx roster?
Or maybe the Phils want to keep the guy close in case they decide to finally cut loose Rod "Five Hole" Barajas."
Whatever the case, the Phils will take on the Bravos at 4 pm today on Fox, looking to get over .500 for a 6th time this season.