10/06/09 8:03 PM ET
Cairo, Kendrick on Phils' NLDS roster
Bruntlett, Condrey, Walker left off; Bastardo makes cut
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
In: infielder Miguel Cairo, right-hander Kyle Kendrick and left-hander Antonio Bastardo.
Out: infielder Eric Bruntlett and right-handers Clay Condrey and Tyler Walker.
The rest of the roster didn't surprise anybody with 13 position players and 12 pitchers. The Phillies have catchers Carlos Ruiz and Paul Bako; infielders Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz, Jimmy Rollins, Greg Dobbs and Cairo; outfielders Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco and Matt Stairs; and pitchers Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, J.A. Happ, Pedro Martinez, Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson, Brett Myers, Scott Eyre, Chad Durbin, Kendrick and Bastardo.
Cairo over Bruntlett is somewhat of a surprise because the Phillies stuck with Bruntlett the entire season, despite the fact he hit .171 (18-for-105) with seven RBIs. Phils manager Charlie Manuel has touted Bruntlett's abilities to play all four infield and all three outfield positions. Bruntlett is a pretty good baserunner -- he scored the winning runs in Games 3 and 5 of last year's World Series -- and is considered a stronger shortstop than Cairo.
But Cairo, who hit .267 (12-for-45) with one home run and two RBIs, has hit .357 with two doubles, a triple and one home run since Aug. 29.
Condrey (6-2, 3.00 ERA) could be considered a surprise, except he missed much of the season with a strained left oblique muscle. He made nine appearances since he returned from the disabled list in September. In five innings, he allowed five hits and two unearned runs and struck out three. Opponents hit just .238 against him.
"Not surprised," Condrey said. "In the back of my head I kind of figured something was going to happen. I knew they had some decisions to make and with what has gone on the last couple months. They had to make a decision. But it's hard to swallow."
Walker went 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 32 appearances, although he went 1-1 with a 7.56 ERA in his past nine appearances.
"This year, nothing catches me off guard," Walker said. "I've been released and sent down [to the Minors] and called back up, so I'm trying not to set myself up for disappointment."
Both Condrey and Walker will remain with the team and throw in the bullpen in case they are needed because of injuries.
Ironically, Kendrick made the team after spending almost the entire season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He didn't make the postseason roster last year after spending almost the entire season with the Phillies. But Kendrick went 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA in nine appearances (two starts) this season.
"Not really," said Kendrick, asked if he pictured himself on the postseason roster a couple months ago. "This game is weird. There are a lot of different emotions from last year to this year. Hopefully I can help these guys."
Bastardo (2-3, 6.46 ERA) is interesting in the sense that he has pitched just once since June 25 -- Saturday in relief against the Marlins. He had been hurt with a strained left shoulder, but the Phillies feel they needed an extra left-hander in the bullpen because the Rockies have a left-handed heavy lineup.
Also on Tuesday, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said left-hander J.C. Romero will have flexor tendon surgery on his left elbow Wednesday. It is not Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, and recovery is estimated to be five to six months.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.