Rodrigo Lopez, a 33 year old righty who has spent this year in lehigh Valley was called up by the Phils today and named the starter for Friday nights game againt the Mets. The trade yesterday for Brian Mazone by Lehigh Valley was the prologue to this deal, as the Phils needed to protect themselves with another veteran AAA starter if they lose Lopez when/if he is sent back down. Lopez is out of options. Lopez was 5-4 with a 3.91 ERA in Allentown and has pitched very well recently. Lopez, who is recently recovered from Tommy John surgery has over five years of major league experience, most recently with Colorado. He is a two time major league 15 game winner.
Kyle Kendrick took the complete game loss last night for Lehigh Valley, on a night where he induced 21 outs that came from ground balls, giving up just 2 earned runs. He did commit two throwing errors, one of which was very costly that led to a Norfolk run. Both Phillies President Dave Montgomery and Assistant GM Benny Looper were in the house to watch.
Scott Eyre is getting the start for Reading today, and will be followed by Kyle Drabek. Eyre will pitch the first inning in his first rehab appearance. After the difficult debut by Yohan FLande last night (6IP, 5ER), the Reading bullpen shut down Altoona (Zagurski struck out the side in his inning) and Kevin Mahar hit a game winning, walk off homer in the 12th inning. Mahar ended the month of June hitting .378 for the month. Ruben Amaro took in the Reading contest. Reliever Sam Walls was released to make roster space for Flande.
In Lakewood, Jason Knapp had a 12 strikeout performance in just 5 shutout innings of work last night. He left after having thrown over 100 pitches in those 5 innings. According to the Blueclaws media relations staff, Knapp was clocked at 98 mph on the LAST pitch he threw.