By Sam Bush
The Phillies are 6-26 since April 27, but drastic changes are not coming.
“As a baseball operations group, as a management team, as an organization, we have an obligation to do the right thing,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak told MLB.com before the game. “And right now the right thing is to balance the present and the future. That’s our responsibility and it starts at the very top and it runs all the way down through baseball operations, and we’re committed to doing that.”
“On the pitching side we’ve done that from Day 1,” Klentak said, referring to promotions for Zach Eflin, Nick Pivetta, Ricardo Pinto and Ben Lively. “On the position player side if we feel that a player is ready for that opportunity, and we feel that the opportunity presents itself here for the appropriate playing time, then we’ll definitely do it. But those two things have to line up. I apologize to those who have heard me say this 20 times, but we categorically will not call up a young player to sit on the bench and stunt his development. That doesn’t make any sense. If the player is ready and we have the opportunity for him here, we’ll do it.”
“We will call the kids up, that’s not really the issue,” Klentak said. “The issue is more, we have a responsibility to the players themselves to call them up when they’re ready. To expose players to the big league level before they’re ready isn’t doing them any favors, nor is it doing the organization any favors. We have to constantly balance that. The issue of when to bring players up from the Minor Leagues — each player is on his own timeline. Each player has his own reasons for being where he is and as soon as those players are ready, we’ll get them here. We’ve demonstrated that.”