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Manuel's bullpen options limited

PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel's bullpen options are limited these days, as Phillies relievers entered Monday with a 4.48 ERA, 25th in baseball.

"Our conversations always lead back to beefing up the bullpen," Manuel said on Monday. "When you say 'beef up our bullpen,' we need a couple of pitchers to really stabilize our bullpen. Any time we can upgrade our bullpen, if we can get better in the latter part of the game ... The starting rotation, when they're right, can get us through six or seven innings. And then we can get to [Jonathan] Papelbon."

PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel's bullpen options are limited these days, as Phillies relievers entered Monday with a 4.48 ERA, 25th in baseball.

"Our conversations always lead back to beefing up the bullpen," Manuel said on Monday. "When you say 'beef up our bullpen,' we need a couple of pitchers to really stabilize our bullpen. Any time we can upgrade our bullpen, if we can get better in the latter part of the game ... The starting rotation, when they're right, can get us through six or seven innings. And then we can get to [Jonathan] Papelbon."

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