RHP Luis Garcia recalled Philadelphia.
OF Will Venable granted his release by Philadelphia.
INF Angelys Nina released by Philadelphia.
INF Carlos Alonso promoted to LHV from Reading (AA).
OF David Lough added to Lehigh Valley roster (outrighted by PHI, 6/8).
INF/OF Emmanuel Burriss accepts assignment and reports to AAA Lehigh Valley
Carlos Alonso will wear #8
David Lough will wear #5
Emmanuel Burriss is wearing #9
*Roster stands one low at 24
I don’t think they’re done making moves. Reading is in town this weekend, as well, so there’s plenty of chance to get the starting pitcher picture into focus a bit better.
We knew Reading was going to need another starter one way or another–whether Richy really returned to Clearwater or whether the IronPigs would need someone. The Pirates’ affiliate, Altoona, is in town to face the red-hot Fightins. Tyler Viza was promoted from Clearwater and will start for Reading tonight. Anthony Vasquez pitched yesterday and did well, putting him on the schedule for Tuesday as well.
As well as what? Oh, as well as the Phillies will likely need a guy that day and both Eflin and Buchanan will be on-turn as well. So that’s still TBA. Buchanan is on the 40-man and Eflin is not–and Velazquez says he’ll be ready when his 15-day stint on the DL is up, FWIW. Stay tuned. In the mean time, Phils borrow Luis Garcia, who is on the 40 and can crank it up; he’s been a bit wild recently.
For now, we bid adieu to Angelys Nina, who had previously “just hit” everywhere he played. Except here, where he just didn’t hit. .193 in 26 games and it’s time to let the kid Alonso play. Nina had a little Leandro Castro in him…but not enough. Man, I miss Castro…he tore it up in the Can-Am last season but never hooked on with an affiliated team again and doesn’t appear to be playing this season.
Will Venable, the major league veteran of many seasons with the Padres, was granted his release with some mention of an “out clause.” We had been told previously that the “out” was May 1, but perhaps there was another step to it or the Phillies just allowed him to save face that way. .205 in 41 games this season for us and didn’t look great doing it. However, he did have a couple big hits on the road trip, so we thank him for that. Some fellow fans had told me the Princeton product wasn’t terribly fan friendly, but I never spoke to him personally. I can imagine he was frustrated.
So we add back Carlos Alonso, who did nothing to get demoted, but needed some playing time while Cody Asche was here rehabbing. Alonso had been playing well and deserves more time at AAA. He’s a spark plug who can help the team in any number of ways.
Emmanuel Burriss joined the team on the road after passing through waivers, and is hitting .250 in limited time. Expect Brundy to get him on the field as consistently as he can right now as EB didn’t get regular at-bats during his time in Philadelphia. He hit .279 last season in Syracuse, and .300 the season before.
David Lough rejoins the team from Philadelphia after hitting .239 with the big club in 30 appearances. He was at .280 with us early on. The Ohio native and Erie-educated Lough can play all three outfield positions and should be an upgrade at the plate from the left side instead of Venable.
See you at the park,