With pitching at a premium all over baseball, the Phillies have to be wondering whether they erred by trying to sneak righthander

Justin Germano

through waivers in mid-March. The Padres scooped up Germano and got him through waivers at the end of camp, when teams have less roster flexibility. Germano, 24, promptly went 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA and a .197 opponents' batting average in five starts at triple A. He was called up last week and held the Braves to one run in six innings. The Phillies originally got Germano from the Reds in a deal for

Rheal Cormier

last summer. Germano starts against the Cardinals today. . . .

Roger Clemens

showed what an attention junkie he is by announcing his return during a Yankees game last weekend. Don't be surprised if Clemens makes his debut amid the spotlight of a Red Sox-Yankees series June 1-3 in Boston. The second and third games of that series will be on national television. Clemens' decision to return to the Yankees might seal his going into the Hall of Fame with a Yankees cap on his head. That stuff means a lot to Yankees owner

George Steinbrenner

, and Clemens has privately said he wants to go into the Hall as a Yankee. Hall officials have the final call, however. . . .

Gil Meche

became the poster child for spiraling salaries when he got a $55 million deal from the Royals over the winter. At the time, he was just 55-44 in his career. But Meche has pitched well in the early season, going 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA in his first eight starts. . . . The Blue Jays' payroll went from $45 million to $71 million to $81 million the last three seasons, but it doesn't look as if that will translate into a postseason berth. Closer

B.J. Ryan,

in the second year of a five-year, $47 million deal, had Tommy John surgery and is out for this season and maybe more. Staff ace

Roy Halladay

is out for at least a month with appendicitis. The Jays entered Friday 101/2 games out of first in the AL East. There's no way they make up that ground. . . . When

Barry Bonds

smashed a homer against

Tom Glavine

on Tuesday, it was his first ever on May 8, leaving Aug. 5 and Sept. 30 as the only days in regular-season play in which he has not homered. . . . Look for

Felix Hernandez

to return to the Mariners' rotation Tuesday night against the Angels. The 21-year-old phenom has been shut down since April 18 with a sore elbow. In three starts this season, he has allowed just three runs and six hits while striking out 18 in 171/3 innings. . . . And finally, here's a great quote from White Sox manager

Ozzie Guillen

on love-him/hate-him catcher

A.J. Pierzynski:

"Every place we go, A.J.'s not well-liked," Guillen told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We'll have to play on his mom's patio for people to start rooting for him."