Although not necessarily prospect relevant, the goings on today in Allentown probably deserve a post of its own. It goes as follows:
3B Ronnie Belliard announced his retirement pre-game. He had been the primary starting third baseman through the first part of the season but had seen his playing time decrease with the addition of Pete Orr.
Speaking of Pete Orr, he had been penciled in as the starting 3B this evening, but was pulled from the lineup when his wife went into labor. Replacing him was Jeff Larish, who was supposed to be used in emergencies only after coming down with the flu circulating around the clubhouse.
Onto the rotation. Brian Gordon who has been atop the International League leader board in several statistical categories exercised an opt out clause in his contract that allowed him to leave if he was being placed on a major league roster. That roster will be none other than the Yankees. Tonight’s starting pitcher Nate Bump exited prior to the third inning after tweaking a hamstring warming up. FInally, the starter yesterday, Vance Worley, appears to be on track to make a major league start for the Phils on Saturday in Seattle after three good outings since being sent down to Lehigh Valley.
And so it goes, 60% of the division leading rotation.