Since we last saw our beloved IronPigs–when they had their way with Rochester once again, last weekend–they had Easter Sunday off, and spent the rest of the week–until today–in beautiful, scenic Pawtucket Rhode Island. A rain-out turned a four-game series into three, but the ‘Pigs came out on top 2-1, only dropping the finale matinee yesterday with Tyler Viza getting the spot start.
Along the way, a bevy of roster moves were made to help bolster the parent club, suffering a sudden lack of hamstring health. Let’s get up to date, as Buffalo comes to town tonight for the first three games of the seven-game stand. Buffalo is the AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the AAA destination for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Top Prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been called up to Toronto (finally) and shortstop prospect and fellow progeny Bo Bichette is injured. Still, a third son remains: 1B Cavan Biggio will be in town. We’ll also get reacquainted with old friend Jacob Waguespack on Sunday. The Fisher Cats kicked butt last season in the Eastern League, with all those prospects and more, but Buffalo has been scuffling a bit thus far on the young 2019 season.
Here’s how our own roster has changed, though, over the past week:
RHP Tyler Viza has been reinstated from the Injured List
INF Gift Ngoepe has been reinstated from the Injured List
INF Phil Gosselin has been promoted to Philadelphia from Lehigh Valley
RHP Jerad Eickhoff was promoted to Philadelphia from Lehigh Valley (4/16)
RHP Drew Anderson has been assigned to Triple A, Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia
Summary: At this stage, Philly was rotating some starting arms to make sure they had length during a stretch of extra inning games. Gosselin was called to back up Kingery, who at this point had taken over shortstop for the ailing Jean Segura. Goss was added to the 40-man in place of the 60-day IL move for Tommy Hunter.
RHP Nick Pivetta has been assigned to Triple-A, Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia (MLB)
C Matt McBride has been reinstated off the Injured List
RHP Drew Anderson has been promoted to Philadelphia (MLB) from Triple-A, Lehigh Valley
LHP Austin Davis has been promoted to Philadelphia (MLB) from Triple-A, Lehigh Valley
3B Mitch Walding has been promoted to Philadelphia (MLB) from Triple-A, Lehigh Valley
Summary: After another challenging outing, and given some good innings from Jerad Eickhoff, the Phillies decide to option our old friend Nick Pivetta to allow him to tune things up and get back to the dominating pitcher we saw during spring training. Plus, with Gosselin now taking over the starting shortstop position due to Scott Kingery’s injury, Mitch Walding is called up for infield depth. Austin Davis gets the call due to David Robertson and Victor Arano injuries in Philadelphia.
April 23, 24, 25
LHP Tyler Gilbert has been reinstated off the Injured List
LHP Austin Davis has been added
INF Sean Rodriguez has been called up to Philadelphia from Triple-A, Lehigh Valley
RHP Enyel De Los Santos has been called up to Philadelphia from Triple-A, Lehigh Valley
LHP James Pazos has been designated for assignment
LHP Kyle Dohy has been promoted to Triple-A, Lehigh Valley from Double-A, Reading
INF Mitch Walding has been assigned to Triple-A, Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia
OF Dylan Cozens has been promoted to Philadelphia from Triple-A, Lehigh Valley
INF Grenny Cumana has been promoted to Triple-A, Lehigh Valley from Double-A, Reading
Summary: Good to see Gilbert back healthy. Davis returned while Enyel will get a shot as a reliever again, and provide some length in Philadelphia. Walding returns in favor of the veteran Rodriguez, who had been hitting better lately and will provide the Phillies with an alternative at shortstop–but he had to be added to the 40-man, which resulted in the Pazos DFA. Cozens up to help outfield depth for the ailing Herrera and Quinn. Dohy has electric stuff, but will get the challenge of more disciplined AAA hitters. He could be on the fast track to the big league. The diminutive Cumana should add some outfield depth for the IronPigs, despite his listing as an infielder.
Got that? Here’s a printable roster for tonight: 2019 LHV Roster 4-26-19
Looking forward: You can expect Drew Anderson to get re-added in the coming days as he’s been optioned by Philadelphia again. He’ll be back to try to harness that cutter and get it to fit into his arsenal efficiently. We also await a decision on James Pazos, who had some nice seasons in Seattle, but hadn’t been pitching well of late here for the AAA Phillies. He could accept his assignment, get released, get picked up by another club, or get traded. It seems like someone with a 40-man spot will grab him because he has an option for this season.
Pitchers of cocktails? We’ll get to that in a minute. With all the coming and going, what might our rotation look like for this home-stand?
Friday: LHP Ranger Suarez vs. Buffalo
Saturday: LHP JoJo Romero vs. Buffalo
Sunday: RHP Nick Pivetta vs. Buffalo
Monday: LHP Cole Irvin vs. Smets
Tuesday: RHP Drew Anderson vs. SMets
Wednesday: LHP Ranger Suarez vs smets
Thursday (10:35AM): LHP JoJo Romero vs smets
Those are all probables, of course, and a return of Enyel De Los Santos or other changes could certainly impact things. Follow along on Twitter @Kram207 for ongoing updates.
[Two Saturdays Ago, Settling Tab At Club Bar During 7th Inning Stretch]
Bartender: “You guys have to warn me if you’re gong to be ordering that giant bloody mary on any of these Sunday games”
Me and Jason: “TheWhatNow?”
Bartender: “Well it’s a bloody mary and it has food on it and it’s like $50 and….oh, no, I’ve said too much”
Me: “Consider yourself warned”
Yeah the new “novelty” item on the club bar menu this season is a “Giant Bloody Mary,” as you can see from the photos above. It replaces the giant cheeseburger and the two-foot chili-dog of recent vintage.
So of course we ordered it.
The thing is, it was all the food we needed, and as much bloody mary as we could drink, and take off the $16 in loaded credit and we spent less for lunch and drinks than we normally would have on a Sunday! Don’t tell anyone!
See you at the park,