Some curious goings on in Allentown and Atlanta….JA Happ is now starting Thursday, pushing the Phillies need for a starter back to Friday. This places Rodrigo Lopez in the mix for the start on Friday for the Phils. Lopez , while not on the 40 man roster, has a good deal of major league expereience, and had an excellent outing in his last appearance yielding just a run in seven innings. One of the intriguing aspects of Lopez for the Phils is his control, having given up just 13 walks in 71.1 innings. He is 3-0 with an 0.64 ERA in his last 3 starts. The Phillies reacquired veteran minor league starter Brian Mazone, who will be joining the Lehigh Valley rotation when they make a roster move over the next couple of days. With talent such as Savery/Drabek progressing in Reading, the organizaation has made a decision to bring in a starter from another organization rather than move up someone from Reading. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro was in Allentown last night, meeting with the Lehigh Valley brass.
A rough outing last night in CLearwater for the recently promoted Tyler Cloyd who gave up 6 runs (4 earned), on 9 hits, in 5.2 innings in his Clearwater debut. Justin DeFratus had similar troubles in his first start in Lakewood giving up three runs in three innings. He was pulled after three as he is on a pitch count, as his arm needs to be stretched out.
In Reading, 4 more hits for Michael Taylor combined with Joe Savery’s 10th win of the year as he threw six more shutout innings, in the 12-2 Rwading drubbing of Trenton.
The decision on who will be called up from Lehigh Valley to take Antonio Bastardo’s rotation spot will be made today. The Lehigh Valley rotation lines up with Kendrick throwing tonight, followed by Carrasco scheduled for tomorrow and Carpenter in Game One of a doubleheader on Friday. I will be at Coca Cola Park tonight and will do my best to get some info posted before game time at 7:00 should I learn anything.