OF Peter Bourjos completed his Major League rehab assignment.
RHP Nick Pivetta promoted to LHV from Reading (AA).
OF Cody Asche added to Lehigh Valley roster (optioned by PHI, 8/12).
OF Osmel Aguila assigned to Reading (AA).
LHP Patrick Schuster was claimed by the Phillies on waivers from the Oakland A’s. He was immediately optioned to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and will be added shortly. He is a reliever.
Instead of his familiar #5, Asche will sport #31 for the IronPigs this season. RHP Nick Pivetta is wearing #16–same as every kiddo in the stadium tonight!
After spending the better part of two seasons in AA, RHP Nick Pivetta gets his shot at AAA for the first time tonight. Make no mistake, he’s not a finished product; however, he’s got the stuff to be an MLB pitcher. There has been some debate among prospect-watchers whether he should be a starter or reliever, but he’s done nothing this season at AA to make me believe he should be forced out of the rotation just yet. Junior threw an “Ethan Martin” comp on him the other day at Reading–one that might be pretty accurate. We’ll have to see what he does from here. Expect him to dial up some heaters–especially early. He can sit 93-96 for much of the game and touch 97. His breaking pitch and change work off the fastball, and there may be a two-seam or cut pitch in there as well. Look for him to try to work ahead in order to get to his secondary stuff. Also note that this AAA debut comes on the exact day when Jonathan Papelbon–the player the Phillies traded away to get Pivetta–got cut from the Washington Nationals!
Cody Asche comes back to the IronPigs in much the same way Darin Ruf did earlier this season–with the stark realization that they might not be in the Phillies plans going forward, and fighting for their MLB future by perhaps auditioning for other teams. Make no mistake, that’s not to say that I don’t like them as players or as people, just the cruel nature of the business. Indeed, with good play and a break or two, either or both could be back in the Majors in a heartbeat. But for now, they’re both ours, and like Darin before him, I expect nothing but hard play and maximum effort from our old friend Cody. He should see time at LF as well as 3B and 1B in his time here. Unless something unusual happens at the MLB level, I’d expect him to be with us right through the playoffs. Understanding it’s no fun for Cody, but that’s a fortunate turn of events for IronPigs fans. He’s batting second tonight in front of Nick Williams, which should also help Nicky who hasn’t looked good since JP went down with the oblique/side injury.
Reports are, JP took grounders during infield today but did not throw. Obliques are tough injuries (Cody knows this..) which often fool players into coming back too soon. I’m fine if JP needs the time to get 100%–both for this season’s playoff hopes, as well as for his future and his off-season.
When Schuster gets activated by the ‘Pigs, look for one of the leftys in the pen to go back to Reading: I’m targeting Hoby Milner and Joely Rodriguez. Maybe both if Elvis Araujo comes back as Morgan is activated by the Phillies.
See you at the park,
Featured Image by Cheryl Pursell