‘Pigs Weekend Update, Cairo Called Up

8/21/09–Andy Tracy continued swinging a very hot bat, leading Lehigh Valley to their 9-1 victory over Scranton on Friday evening. Tracy was 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a homer (24) and 3 RBI’s, and hit his 4th homer over the last three games. Kyle Kendrick (7-7) started and was very strong, going 6 innings, and giving up just a run on 3 hits. It was a night when the ‘Pigs hit in the clutch, going 7-17 with RISP, with Mike Cervenak and Jason Ellison helping lead the way, both with multi hit games.

8/22/09–The ‘Pigs won their third straight with a 3-0 eleven inning victory over Pawtucket. Gustavo Chacin pitched eight shutout innings, while Mike Cervenak’s RBI double scored Jason Ellison with the winning run. Lehigh Valley tacked on two more insurance runs in the 11th on an RBI double by Terry Tiffee, followed by an RBI single by John Mayberry. Jason Anderson (1-2) picked up the win in relief. Cervenak was 3-5 with a run and an RBI, while John Mayberry added two hits as well for the ‘Pigs.

8/23/09–Lehigh Valley won their fourth straight with a 4-2 win over Pawtucket on Sunday. John Mayberry started the scoring with his 11th homer of the year, a solo shot to give the ‘Pigs an early 1-0 lead, which the Sox quickly matched tying the game at 1. Carlos Leon called up today from Reading hit a solo homer in the third, giving Lehigh Valley a one run lead once again. A Mike Cervenak sac fly made the lead 3-1 in the fifth, but Pawtucket refused to go away scoring another in the sixth to keep it close at 3-2. Another sac fly by Mike Cervenak gave the ‘Pigs an insurance run in the 9th. Joe Savery (3-1) started and was effective, going 5.2 innings and giving up 2 runs on 5 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 3. Jack Taschner pitched a scoreless 9th to earn his second save. Rich Thompson was 3-4 with a stolen base, while Carlos Leon went 3-3 with a homer, and 3 runs scored in his first game. Paul Hoover, Terry Tiffee and John Mayberry each had 2 hits for the ‘Pigs as well.

Notes: With the injury to Greg Dobbs, Miguel Cairo was recalled by the Phils to take Dobbs roster spot, as Dobbs spends time on the DL. Cairo, 35, who has been with Lehigh Valley since May, has hit .287 with 5 HR 33 RBI and 8 stolen bases in almost 300 at bats with the ‘Pigs. He has played primarily at SS, although he has seen time at second and third base as well. It almost assuredly is the last we will see of Cairo in Allentown this year as I suspect he will remain part of the team after Dobbs returns from his DL stint in September. To make room on the 40 man roster, the Phils moved Antonio Bastardo from the 15 day to the 60 day DL.

To replace Cairo, 29 year old Carlos Leon was called up from AA Reading. Leon was hitting .217 with 1 HR and 12 RBI, to along with 4 SB’s in 69 games at Reading.

Pitcher Jack Taschner and Manager Dave Huppert were thrown out of Saturday nights game after arguing balls and strikes in the 10th inning.

15 thoughts on “‘Pigs Weekend Update, Cairo Called Up

  1. Didn’t know where to put this, but three interesting tidbits I read somewhere today:

    SS Jeremy Barnes is done for the year with a broken bone in his foot.

    P Eric Massingham is done for the year with a broken hand.

    P Antonio Bastardo is scheduled to throw a rehab in the GCL tomorrow.

  2. Carlos Leon has been around awhile, usually plays winter ball. Did not play alot at Reading. With Leon’s callup and Harman to the DL, Reading short on Infield. Moved Sellers to 2B, Inserted Kennelly at 3B, and they have Ozzie Chavez at SS , and either Stavisky or Mahar at 1B. That’s it. So I expect them to call up either Freddy Galvis, Fidel Hernandez, or Yonderman Rodriguez as a Middle Infielder from Clearwater. Leon can play the 7 non battery positions and is a switch hitter, so it would not surprise me if he is a candidate for September Call-up if it saves adding a couple of other minor league veterans. Maybe, also, the Switch-Hitting AA SS, Ozzie Chavez, or the Switch-Hitting AAA 3B, Terry Tiffee. These may be things to watch for , going forward.

  3. additionally, CHavez will not be called up to the Phillies in September and Tiffee is an extreme long shot.

  4. I thought Sellers was supposed to be a bad fielder and that was why he was not considered a real prospect at third despite his ability to hit. How bad can he be if he is capable of being moved to second base even if it is in an emergency situation. Maybe he really is a third base prospect after all.

  5. So what if Sellers is 27. This is his second year in AA ball. Last year he hit .275 with 19 HR. This year he is fourth in the league in hitting. Who do we have that is a better near term prospect? Don’t forger Coste and all the years he was wasted in the minors.

  6. Lenny:

    Unfortunately, history tells us that it’s very relevant that a prospect is 27 and is in AA. Very, very few such players ever make the major leagues, let alone thrive there.

  7. Bastardo’s on the 60-day DL now so the team can make room for Cairo – it’s all about rehab with him – they are going to take it easy and allow him to recover. We all kind of forget about how impressive he was when he came up. My guess is that, now that the team has a lot of pitching, he will be brought along slowly and surely in AAA next year. Bastardo has great stuff and could end up being a fine major league pitcher. In my mind, he’s certainly a better prospect than Joe Savery or Drew Carpenter.

  8. Sellers isn’t a prospect, but he’s playing like a guy who could get a cup of coffee in spot duty if needed.

    I’m not advocating him for anything long term, but you always kinda hope that these guys can get a short call up so they can tell the grandkids that they played in the majors.

    We’re not just thin on infield talent in the minors – we’re thin on bodies as well!

    Great news on Bastardo. Wonder if the Phils will consider him for the bullpen?

  9. If you are looking for a fillin what difference does age make.
    Thank god Cairo is up, Sunday looked an episode of the Three Stooges.
    I have seen Triffee when he is hot. He seemed fine but as some of like to say Small Sample Size.

  10. I think they had to call Cairo up anyway to give them an extra infield option in September – even if Dobbs is healthy. If Dobbs is going to be healthy I suspect that will be their only infield callup (with Mayberry and perhaps another catcher TBD for additional position call-ups).

    Bastardo to the 60-Day was an easy move and I wonder if he gets left there even if healthy to help with 40-man issues. He can rehab the rest of the minor league season and then go to Instructional league or the Dominican winter league to get some more innings.

  11. With how many quality ML players are on the DL, assuming some set of Myers, Condrey, Romero, Bastardo, Dobbs get off the DL – I don’t see any pitching moves… likely no infielders either. I would have to say it’s Mayberry and a catcher.

    I’m confused as to who the catcher is going to be, but three catchers makes sense.

  12. It will be seen who is called up in a couple of days. They will need a Middle Infielder, and one capable of playing SS with good range, so that Miguel Cairo move is for more of a pinch-hitter fill-in type. The only veterans at AA or above who can play a decent SS would be Leon , Chavez, Brad Harman, or they will prematurely add Freddy Galvis and necessitate dropping another player from the roster. If they add Tiffee he can pinch hit from either side and they will not have to add a hitter from both sides, so there is a possibily there.

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