Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happ to Disabled List, Figueroa to Start, JC Activated

After a brief bullpen session today, in which "Jay" Happ threw only 20 pitches, the decision was made by team officials, coaches and manager Charlie Manuel to place Happ on the disabled list. Happ already had his turn in the rotation skipped and he would have pitched this coming Saturday in Arizona, if his forearm strain improved enough. However, Happ is still experiencing discomfort and the team would rather allow more time for recovery than choose to push the lefty pitcher too much too soon.

Unsure of what option they'd choose to fill the void on Saturday, if Happ was unable to pitch, the Phillies pulled Drew Carpenter from his start for triple A Lehigh Valey tonight. That would have allowed Carpenter to be rested and ready if the big league club needed him.

JC Romero is with the team in Atlanta, and has been activated from the disabled list after being examined by the Phillies' medical staff. Romero will fill Happ's roster spot and fill the bullpen spot vacated by Figueroa entering the starting rotation.

Figueroa's last start for the Phillies was a loss to the Expos on August 31st, 2001.

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Scott Franzke has taken a leave from the Phillies, as his wife is expected to deliver a baby soon. In his absence, Chris Wheeler will assume play by play on the radio and Sarge Matthews will do all 9 innings of color commentary on TV.

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1 comment:

OBC said...

Oh...too many early injuries this year. can not have too many more.