Philadelphia needs another starter on Sunday, and it will likely be either Brett Myers on three days' rest or J.A. Happ.
"Definitely," Eaton said, asked if he was dying to get out there. "Everyone wants to pitch, especially in September when these games mean something. I welcome the opportunity, if that's in the cards."
The cards haven't been kind to Eaton, who's done little to justify the $24.5 million contract he signed with the Phillies before the 2007 season. He's posted a 6.10 ERA in 51 appearances and earlier this season, agreed to go to the Minors to regain his form.
He was worse there, going a combined 0-5 with a 7.02 ERA in seven starts.
Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee both said that Eaton has been considered, though it's likely not very seriously. Manuel said on Sept. 1 that the righty would pitch in long relief.
Though he wants the ball, Eaton won't plead his case. If the opportunity finds him, so be it.
"I've been a good soldier my whole career," he said. "I'm frustrated. I want to pitch, but at the same time, it's not my place [to say anything]. It's not up to me. Just because I signed a big contract doesn't mean I have any right to anything. Everybody says the NFL is performance based. It's that way in baseball, too. You need to perform to get an opportunity but at the same time you have to be given some opportunity to prove yourself."
Removing Eaton's four worst starts -- in which he allowed 26 runs in 15 1/3 innings -- brings his ERA down to 4.22, and he began the season with quality starts in four of his first six outings.
"Everybody has to have that thought about what's going on," Eaton said. "Anyone, whether it's Pat [Burrell], me, Jimmy [Rollins] or Pedro [Feliz], anyone in the clubhouse. You want to know what's going on in the future. But the future is today. It's not next year or tomorrow. It's today. Can you win today? It's their job to think about the future and keeping things set up.
"I think everyone deserves the chance to compete, regardless of role. Whether my role is to go sit down in the bullpen or be a starting pitcher, it's up to them. Everyone has a role to play."