When The Phanatic Magazine unveils its new web home sometime in the near future, a major section will feature rumors from newspapers and web site's nationwide about your Philadelphia area sports teams.
Juicy tidbits from plugged-in beat writers and industry sources will only add to The Phanatic Magazine's all-encompassing area coverage. Staying with our roots, the rumor mill will be updated in blog style throughout the day with information as we find it.
Today, we offer a sneak preview of such coverage as Opening Day approaches for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Ezequiel Astacio. You've probably heard of the hard-throwing former Phillies farmhand. A club desperate for bullpen help almost to the point of grasping at arms put in a waiver claim for Astacio, according to industry sources. However, Texas beat out Philadelphia for his services because of a worse record last season (Philadelphia Daily News).
Another arm that may surface is Francisco Rosario. The club had scouts and a radar gun present with the Blue Jays in Dunedin on Tuesday. If he doesn't make Toronto's Opening Day roster, Rosario would need to clear waivers before being sent to the minors. Rosario has posted a 3.38 ERA in seven Spring appearances (Philadelphia Daily News).
How about Michael Bourn for Taylor Tankersley? Several Phillies message boards have been lit up by a rumor started earlier this morning, one that would send the Phillies outfield prospect to the Florida Marlins for the left-hander Tankersley. The pitcher could possibly be damaged goods -- with a inflammed left shoulder about one month ago. However, the Miami Herald reported that an MRI and follow-up exam found no structural damage. Tankersley was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 49 games for the Fish last season, and with Matt Smith as the only left-hander slated to be on the Phillies' Opening Day roster, the deal may not be so far fetched. Bourn has had a great Spring, and many penciled him in as the club's Opening Day center fielder in 2008. Stay tuned...(BacksheGoes.com/bsg)