10/12/09 4:43 AM ET
Reliever Eyre sprains right ankle
Lefty says he could pitch Monday, but Manuel unsure
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
"I think he did it mostly when he turned," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after his club's 6-5 Game 3 win. "It actually looked like he turned to go get the ball and was going to try to backhand it and he lost his footing. He kind of twisted his leg, of course."
Eyre said that he would be fine to pitch again as early as Monday's Game 4. But while hobbling around in the clubhouse, he didn't provide his manager reason to feel confident about this possibility.
With Manuel and the Phillies' medical staff surrounding him, Eyre made his way back to the mound with the intent to test his leg with a warmup pitch. But before doing so, he bent over in immediate discomfort and moments later, limped toward the dugout under his own power.
Manuel called Ryan Madson out of the bullpen with runners at the corners and nobody out. The right-handed reliever struck out Todd Helton and then allowed Troy Tulowitzki to produce a game-tying sacrifice fly that scored Carlos Gonzalez, who had started the seventh with a double off Eyre.
Eyre, who posted a 1.50 ERA in 42 appearances this season, entered the NLDS as somebody who could neutralize some of Colorado's top left-handed hitters. The 37-year-old southpaw limited left-handers to a .210 batting average and .269 on-base percentage this year.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.