For three innings on Sunday night, the Phillies felt J.A. Happ looked very much like the pitcher who finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting last season. For three innings, they felt he looked like a pitcher who could use some more time to refine his game.
They erred on the side of the latter three innings today, optioning him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he is expected to throw a bullpen tomorrow and then join the rotation.
"(He handled it) as professionally as you'd like him to handle it, but you know he's not happy," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "You don't exepect him to be happy. We haven't sent too many guys out that were thrilled about it. But I also told him, don't waste time down there. Hopefully he'll get down there tomorrow to throw his bullpen, he'll get down there and get ready to get back up here as fast as possible."