Second bullpen lefty not a necessity

Second bullpen lefty not a necessity

Second bullpen lefty not a necessity
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies could carry just six pitchers in their bullpen to start the 2012 season.

Do they want two left-handers?

"If he can be effective for us? Yes, absolutely," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "But if we're going to take a second lefty that can't get lefties out then I don't want a second lefty. I'll take another righty."

Left-hander Dontrelle Willis is the heavy favorite to be the second left-hander, joining Anthony Bastardo. Left-handers hit just .127 with a .369 OPS in 55 at-bats against him last season. Willis signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Phillies, but the deal is not guaranteed, so he likely needs to make a good showing in Spring Training to make the team.