Well, not really. But, maybe…maybe the IronPigs could use some fresh blood…
ICYMI, our friend from the 209–Barry Enright–was released by the Phillies organization yesterday. This came following a poor outing Thursday night where he yielded some very hard hit balls. He’s had a couple of those outings this year–as well as some very good ones. As I said in a preview when he was signed this past winter, Barry is a fly-ball pitcher who needs to live on the corners and trust his “stuff.” However, lately he’s gotten too much of the plate several times, and maybe didn’t have his best stuff, and a very good hitting Syracuse team is going to make any pitcher pay for those mistakes (just ask Sean O’Sullivan after last night, huh?). The Phillies organization thought that it might be better for Barry to hook on somewhere else if he wasn’t going to get a look with the big team this season. Don’t forget, Barry had a couple really nice outings, too, not to mention a couple that were squandered by the bull pen. And, he can handle a bat. Section 209 at Coca Cola Park is a long way from area code 209, but we kind of adopted him as our own up there, and we wish him well.
Today brings a couple more moves:
OF Clete Thomas and INF Freddy Galvis return from the DL, where each had been mending from broken bones suffered on the left-half of Coca Cola Park. Thomas from ribs he broke diving into the left field wall (and he batted after…) and Galvis from a broken clavicle suffered after tripping on Maikel Franco trying to get a foul ball behind third base.
To make room on the roster, INF Edgar Duran and RP Tyler Knigge were sent to Reading. Duran played reasonably well, but was a liability at the plate sporting .171. Knigge had been pitching lights-out at one point–he rose to the brink of my confidence ratings and looked to be knocking on the door of the Majors. However, he has had a few really bad outings in a row. My hope is that it’s something minor which can be corrected with some additional work in Reading, and that we’ll have him back soon. I hope that he’s not injured in some way.
Also assigned to the IronPigs today was LHP Jo-Jo Reyes. He had been pitching in Korea (2-7, 6.55) this season, and has 70G of Major League experience. He’s 29 years old. He’s also a veteran of the International League having accumulated 16-10, 3.01, in 58 games, 47 starts. It’s unclear whether he will be used as a starter or out of the bull pen, but with the addition of Buchanan and the loss of Enright we’re back at 5 starters. I imagine he’ll be used to help eat up some innings with the doubleheaders on tap, and from there it will depend on if Buchanan and/or Marquis are needed in Philadelphia. Reyes had been signed on 7/9, but had been in Clearwater on the IronPigs DL nursing an injured Velandia. I had not heard any reports of his pitching there, so we’ll have to get a look to see what we have.
Tonight starts the first of two days of double-headers. It seems that as good a team as Syracuse has, they cannot get control of their weather up there. I bet Brundy is just thrilled with this. I bet the only thing he hates worse than a two-game series is a two-double-header series. But, perhaps the ‘Pigs can use their new players and the adversity of the 4-games-in-two-days to steal a game or two from the powerful Chiefs.
I worry somewhat, that the loss of a couple really good clubhouse guys–Susdorf and Enright–will cause the team to spiral even worse than what the last two days showed. Those were veteran guys–fan-friendly too–who could be a stabilizing force. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be our year, but still, we would like to see a competitive team down the stretch and not go completely in the tank (see also: 2010). But, ultimately, I think Thomas and Galvis are established and talented players who will help, and any potential trades from Philadelphia could open up an opportunity for playing time from any player on the AAA roster. It behooves them to continue to play hard and play winning baseball as much as possible. Finally, we might also see the return of Chris Bootcheck from Reading, who had a nice outing the other day, and MAG who has been dominant in Reading’s ‘pen. We should be OK.
See you at the park, maybe later,