Jesse Biddle’s final line today was:
0.2 IP 1 H 3 ER 4 BB 0 K and 41 pitches
he was then pulled from the game and replaced by Tyler Knigge prompting internet speculation about an injury. It turns out Biddle’s 41 pitches pushed him over the organizations limit for number of pitches in an inning. To this point there is nothing to suggest that there is any sort of injury concern.
Organizations all have some sort of limit in their minor leagues about the number of pitches a pitcher can throw in an inning. The worry is that the fatigue will cause a pitcher’s to injure themselves in later innings. The number of pitches varries by organizations from about 30-40 and it appears that the Phillies is about 35 pitches in an inning. This is a rule that has ended games prematurely for highly rated prospects across organizations including a pair of starts by the Pirate’s Gerrit Cole.
What comes out of this is that Biddle still has some issues to work through including some control problems. If he comes out and looks fine in his next start don’t worry, this is just a blip on the radar.