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Quietly, the Phillies ended the 2008 season with no viable fifth starter. Kyle Kendrick had a horrendous second half, Adam Eaton was demoted, and J.A. Happ did not quite step into the role.
Thankfully, the playoffs only require four starters.
For 2009, who starts at No. 5?
Kendrick and Happ are both in the conversation, but the Phillies will also look to pitchers not on their 2008 roster.
Chan Ho Park signed with the Phillies after a spectacular season in long relief and is ready for a chance to win a starting job.
Carlos Carrasco will come up from the farm, and the Phillies will also give him a look as the fifth starter.
There was some speculation that Adam Eaton might be in the competition. But, at first, the Phillies denied this, and later, they gave him an outright release. While none of these pitchers will pitch in the Midsummer Classic any time soon, the Phillies certainly have some options at the back end of their rotation.