Phillies not looking to move Kendrick
Righty linked in trade rumors with Nationals' Willingham
PHILADELPHIA -- Kyle Kendrick was scratched from Tuesday's start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but the decision had "absolutely nothing to do with the Trade Deadline," according to Phillies assistant general manager Chuck LaMar.
An Internet rumor linked Kendrick with Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham. Two baseball sources said that is completely untrue, although the Phillies, in need of a right-handed bat off the bench, have inquired about Willingham's availability.
Kendrick, who will start Wednesday instead, was held back because the Phils were considering placing a Major League pitcher on the disabled list. Kendrick would have been recalled to pitch in Philadelphia's bullpen.
The Phillies ultimately decided against the roster move. Though they did not say which pitcher was ailing, a likely candidate is right-hander Clay Condrey, who was just activated from the 15-day DL on Friday. His left oblique is not 100 percent, although he said it's "night and day" compared to when he first went down.
"There's something there, but it doesn't affect me from doing anything," Condrey said.
Condrey, 33, earned the win with a scoreless inning Friday, his first appearance since June 18. In 34 games this year, he is 5-2 with a 3.60 ERA.
Kendrick, 24, took the loss in his lone big league outing this season, an extra-inning relief appearance in which he allowed three earned runs on four hits in two innings. From 2007-08, he went 21-13 with a 4.78 ERA for the Phillies. But he lost the competition for the No. 5 rotation slot in Spring Training and was sent to Lehigh, where he is 6-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 19 starts.
In other news, right-handed reliever Tyler Walker, who was designated for assignment Friday when the Phillies activated Condrey, has cleared waivers and agreed to be optioned outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. If he did not consent, he could have become a free agent.
Walker, 33, will report to the IronPigs on Wednesday. He was 1-0 in nine appearances with the Phillies, allowing 10 hits and just two earned runs in 11 innings (1.64 ERA).
"We're very pleased that he did accept the assignment," Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said, "because we want to keep him in the organization."
David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Todd Zolecki contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.