Although the Phillies are in somewhat of a holding pattern right now with regards to Gary Sheffield, Dusty Baker told reporters in Cincinnati this morning that Sheffield's chief concern is playing time, according to the Enquirer, which would seem to indicate that the Phillies are indeed a long-shot for the potential Hall of Famer. The only place he would get to play in the field would be left, perhaps spelling Ibanez every now and then against left-handed pitchers. But the Phillies view Ibanez as an everday player, as evidenced by the every day money they gave him. So for Sheffield to sign with the Phillies, he would have to be content with being the team's right-handed bat off the bench.

Again, it isn't out of the question. It isn't clear if any team will be in a position to give Sheffield the playing time he feels he deserves.

He clears waivers at 1 p.m., so we won't know anything before then.


Word out of Texas is that Andruw Jones has made the Rangers' roster, so cross him off your list.


Here's the line-up for today:

  1. Shane Victorino CF
  2. Chase Utley 2B
  3. Jayson Werth RF
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Raul Ibanez LF
  6. Pedro Feliz 3B
  7. Eric Bruntlett SS
  8. Carlos Ruiz C
  9. Jamie Moyer LHP

Left-handed reliever Jack Taschner, acquired from the Giants last Friday, is scheduled to make his second appearance in a Phillies uniform against the Nationals.