Prior to Friday’s game in Miami, manager Charlie Manuel said the grind of a 162-game season and the spirited, September run his team went on had taken a toll. His players were tired.
In the weekend that followed, two of his players have been shut down for what remains in the 2012 season.
Ryan Howard suffered small fracture in his right, big toe on Thursday night. After a pinch-hitting appearance on Friday night, Howard’s season came to an end.
Rookie Tyler Cloyd was on tap to make his final start of 2012 on Tuesday. But he was scratched on Saturday after battling right arm fatigue in the last two weeks.
The Phils purchased the contract of 28-year-old righthander Tyson Brummett on Sunday. Brummett, a 7th round pick in 2007 who went 5-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 44 games (8 starts) between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley, is expected to join the team in Washington on Monday and could be in line to work some innings in what’s likely to be a bullpen game against the Nats on Tuesday.
Cloyd, meanwhile, saw his memorable 2012 season come to an end one start before he could finish it without a blemish. Cloyd went 15-1 with a 2.26 ERA in 26 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley before joining the Phils rotation a month ago.
“The season was great, I accomplished a lot,” Cloyd said. “Obviously not being able to finish the season and make my last start sucks at the same time.”
Between the Phillies, IronPigs and R-Phils, Cloyd threw 200 innings in 2012. In 2011, he threw 146 innings.
“I just started feeling it after the New York start (on Sept. 20),” Cloyd said. “We did treatment for it, got it better for the Washington start. I didn’t feel it at all during the game or after the game. But then it just got tighter and tighter as it went along and it has never really bounced back from there.”