Phils to lessen workload of Diekman, Giles

Phils to lessen workload of Diekman, Giles

PHILADELPHIA -- Jake Diekman and Ken Giles will have a reduced workload out of the bullpen over the final weeks of the season, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said on Tuesday.

Diekman, 27, has pitched a career-high 65 innings this season. Giles, 23, has tossed 67 1/3 innings combined between the Majors and Minors, and the Phils need to keep them healthy. The club already saw rookie left-hander Mario Hollands go down with an arm injury last week. So it makes sense for Diekman and Giles to have their workloads monitored the rest of the month.

"I've already started that process," Sandberg said. "New territory for them in some regards."

It's also an opportunity for the Phillies to evaluate other young relievers in the bullpen, including Luis Garcia and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.

"It's a chance to see some other arms," Sandberg said.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.