A quick summary of one of the Phils' roster manuevers before the 1980 NLCS got underway. Nino Espinosa had missed a large chunk of the season with shoulder miseries (listed in the article as bursitis), and was largely ineffective when he did pitch (though in modern times a 3.79 ERA does not seem that ineffective). Ultimately, the Phils were allowed to make the roster switch, and Bystrom pitched in both the NLCS and the World Series.
|From The October
8, 1980 edition of The Doylestown Daily Intelligencer:
Bystrom Decision Due Today
By the United Press International
PHILADELPHIA (UPI) - The Philadelphia Phillies announced Monday a decision on the eligibility of rookie pitcher Marty Bystrom for the National League playoffs will be made today after team officials meet with league president Chub Feeney.
A Phillies spokesman said Director of Player Personnel Paul Owens and Manager Dallas Green would meet with Feeney to discuss the status of Bystrom. who compiled a 5-0 record with a 1.50 ERA after being called up from the team's Oklahoma City farm club on Sept. 1.
Because he was called up from the minors after the major league rosters were expanded from a maximum 25 players to 40. Bystrom would not be eligible for the playoffs. But Green has made no secret that he would like the 22-year-old right-hander to participate.
Bystrom's name was believed to have been included on a proposed post-season roster sent to the National League office.
Owens said he informed the league office of the situation of veteran Nino Espinosa. who has been bothered by bursitis in his shoulder all season. Espinosa finished the year with a 3-5 record and a 3.79 ERA in 12 starts.
"He's not really hurt." Owens said of Espinosa. "He's just been ineffective. It's nothing we're making up. He's had bursitis in his shoulder since last September. We've explained the whole thing to them, and have given them the medical reports."
A Phillies spokesman said a decision would be announced hours before the first game of the championship series against the Western Division winner under the lights at Veterans Stadium.
The Phillies also are determining the status of left-handed reliever Kevin Saucier, who was on the disabled list as of Sept. 1. The team is allowed to replace any player who was active at the time with Saucier.