With the Phillies and IronPigs postponed by rain on Saturday, and Reading on Sunday, the starting pitcher carousel is turning out of control. Billingsley will be activated from the DL to make the start on Thursday for the Phillies–with a corresponding move to come. Sev Gonzalez won’t be ready to pitch again until Friday–and neither will Jason Berken or probably Chris Leroux. Colin Kleven will join Reading from Clearwater. From news reports and rumors, here’s what I’m hearing:
Thursday: Billingsley (Adam Morgan’s Spot)
Friday: Correia / Morgan
Wednesday: (Morgan or Lively)
Thursday: (Morgan or Biddle or Buchanan)
Friday: Berken or Gonzalez
Monday: Eflin and Leiter (doubleheader)
Tuesday: Windle (or Kleven)
Wednesday: Lively (or Windle)
Thursday: Biddle (or Lively)
Friday: (Next Up, Joely Rodriguez, or Brandon Leibrandt)
Discussion: David Buchanan and Brandon Leibrandt are on schedule to start on Thursday, but neither have been cleared to return to their teams–much less Leibrandt promoted–so I’m speculating a bit there. Morgan only pitched an inning or two on Saturday, so he could turn around for Wednesday in Allentown if necessary, but hasn’t been sent down yet. I didn’t think Biddle looked too sharp watching his start on video from Saturday, but others have said it was good save one or two pitches–hard for me to tell from online video. Joely hasn’t done great in Reading, either, I don’t think, so I’m not sure he’ll get re-promoted just yet. Lively pitched in AA last year, so has some tenure there if they want to challenge him. Rain is in the forecast for a couple of these days, too, so that could add a reprieve to the shortage.
Stay tuned. We might not be winning, but it won’t be boring.
(featured image: Cheryl Pursell)