Outfielder Quintin Berry, who has played just one game this season and has missed the last two weeks of the season with an infection was activated today from the disabled list. To make room on the roster, INF Keoni DeRenne was placed on the DL with a right shin contusion. Additionally, 27 year old RHP Ty Taubenheim was placed on the Reading roster. Reading had been down a pitcher since Bj Rosenberg went on the DL about 10 days ago. Taubenheim, 6’5, 255, spent last season at Indianapolis (AAA) going 7-9 with a 3.65 ERA in his 19 starts.
The injuries continue for the Phils, and the flavor of the day is Ryan Madson, who was placed on the DL with a broken toe, which was apparantly suffered AFTER his appearance on Wednesday. Antonio Bastardo was called up to Philadelphia without having unpacked his bags in Allentown, having been sent down just yesterday to make room for Brad Lidge.
Long time reader/commenter DiamondDerby was kind enough to provide us with his thoughts on his trip to see Lakewood play the other day, and so I’ll just post his entire entry below the fold. Check it out and enjoy, and a big thanks to DD for his input and observations.
Update: Busy day today. Ben Badler at Baseball America was in attendance for a recent run of Lakewood games, and he shared lots of observations on the most interesting Phillies prospects at Lakewood. Check it out here.
The weekly report a day early, thanks to a couple of scheduling conflicts. Since the last weekly report, Lehigh Valley has gone 2-3, and stand at 8-11, in 4th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 4.5 games behind division leading Syracuse.
League Leaders, Hitting: Mayberry, 2nd in runs (16), tied for 7th in doubles (6); Wise, leads the league in triples (4); Ransom, tied for 7th in RBI’s (15), Duffy, tied for 7th in RBI’s (15); Tracy, tied for 2nd in walks(15), 8th in strikeouts (21).
Pitching: Bump, tied for league lead in Wins (3), 6th in ERA (1.80). Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report
With the upcoming activation of Brad Lidge on Friday prior to the Phils game against the Mets, the Phillies have announced their intention to send LH reliever Antonio Bastardo back down to the Minors, presumably to Lehigh Valley. Bastardo, 24, has been used sparingly by the Phils but has pitched fairly well yielding an ERA of just 1.69 through 7 appearances. The Phils hands are tied a bit as if they attempt to send David Herndon down, he would first have to be offered back to the Angels, from whom he came in the Rule 5 draft. Additionally, Nelson Figueroa would have to clear waivers before being sent down as has pitched well in his opportunities thus far. More decisions to be made with the activation of Joe Blanton presumably coming soon (Monday?)
Only one game to discuss, as LHV and Reading were rained out, and Clearwater didn’t have a game.
Lakewood wins 8-6.
You can check it out here. The angle isn’t really the best, and its only a few pitches interspersed with the interview (and for English being his second language, he’s picked it up well), but he appears to have removed most of the “hitch” in his delivery. Obviously the results speak for themselves, but I gotta say, I’m extremely encouraged by the early returns. At the time I wrote my Top 30, I was under the impression that Aumont would be used in relief, just as he was with Seattle, and only after my list went to publication was it announced that he was being moved back to the rotation and his mechanics would be cleaned up. Knowing that, I’d have ranked him probably 5th in the system behind Brown, Gillies, May, and Santana, and right ahead of Gose.
Recap: The Blueclaws went 3-4 on the week and sit at 9-9 on the season one game back in the SAL Northern Division. The highlights of the week were Jarred Cosart’s dominating performance on Monday and Domingo Santana’s tape measure walk-off blast to end a 14-inning marathon on Friday.