Call-ups and Rehabs and Rain, oh my. Pitchers are coming and going–here are the roster moves and projected starters for the remainder of the home stand.
Last night following the rain-shortened partial game, Manager Dave Brundage was non-committal about his projected starters for the remaining games in the home stand. Today, the picture becomes a bit clearer with some roster moves and some whispers. Brundy probably didn’t comment because he knew some roster moves were afoot. Here’s what we know today:
LHP Adam Loewen promoted to Lehigh Valley from Reading (AA).
LHP Joely Rodriguez assigned to Reading (AA) from Lehigh Valley.
LHP Nick Hill released by Philadelphia.
RHP Paul Clemens activated off the DL and assigned to Clearwater (A+).
That leaves the ‘Pigs with 24 on the active roster, plus the rehabbing Billingsley. I’m hearing that SS Edgar Duran is close to returning.
Joely and the promoted Mark Leiter, Jr. in Reading has their rotation at 6, with the speculation that one of them will be moving to the bull-pen. Prospect-watchers have both of them pegged to end up there, eventually, and some have even suggested LHP Tom Windle could be destined to relieve, as well. At this point, I see Joely as the likely one to move–with the innings he’s had at AAA, a move at AA could allow him to simplify and throw strikes–and try to cut down on the walks. As a lefty, he has some increased value as a reliever right now for the Phillies, and replaces Hill as a lefty reliever at the upper level of the system. Loewen pitched well at Reading again; I’m hoping he looks better when he gets back into games with the IronPigs.
Tuesday Game 1 (continuation of last night’s game, picking up in the bottom of the fourth 2-0 IronPigs): RHP Chad Billingsley. With five innings left to pitch, and a “pitch count” of 60 for the evening, it will be good for Chad to go right away and get his work in–rather than sit around and wait for game 2.
Tuesday Game 2: A seven-inning affair, which was to possibly be a “bull pen” game, will be started by RHP Severino Gonzalez. He started Thursday in Norfolk and went 4.1 innings scattering 5 hits and yielding 2 ER with 3BB and 3K. He threw 97 pitches (65 strikes) and one of the earned runs was allowed to score by Chris Leroux, who relieved him.
Wednesday: LHP Adam Morgan. On schedule, and coming off one of his best outings in Norfolk where he went six innings, scattering 6 hits, with no runs 3 BB and 1 K.
Thursday: RHP Aaron Nola. It’s “Nola Day!” I’ll have a full preview of what to expect out of the first-round phenom prior to the game.
Friday: RHP Phillippe Aumont. He’s still trying to gain consistency–had a pretty good outing in Norfolk on Sunday but needs to go deeper in games and battle hitters who are now forcing him to throw strikes, and umpires who have been tending to squeeze him lately.
Saturday: LHP Anthony Vasquez. He yielded but one hit and two walks in four innings of scoreless work last night. He struck out three, and threw only 49 pitches–31 were strikes.
Sunday: RHP Chad Billingsley comes back for an 80-pitch outing for his second rehab start, on Father’s Day.
See you at the park,