Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Uh, oh: Chan Ho felt a pop

With all the mess that the Phillies bullpen has been forced to deal with in recent weeks, this news could make it even worse. Chan Ho Park, who has been the one constant in the Phillies bullpen this season, left the game on Wednesday night after he threw his final pitch and felt a pop in his hamstring. While some initial reports said that Park pulled his hamstring, the fact that he heard a pop means it could be pretty serious.

Charlie Manuel agreed in his postgame comments, saying that he was "very concerned" and that Park was going to be "down awhile". It's way too early to speculate but one would think that Park will be out for a couple weeks at the very least and you have to think he will be in jeopardy of missing some postseason games.

Since Park's move to the bullpen early in the season, he has developed into the most reliable bullpen piece the Phillies have. Park can be counted on to pitch in the 6th, 7th or 8th innings and he can go multiple innings if necessary. Losing him for an extended period of time would obviously be a huge blow to an already struggling bullpen.

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