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."
Brian Schneider said he should be able to start tomorrow night. He caught a bullpen for the first time since spraining his thumb in Pittsburgh over the weekend.
Chad Durbin and Antonio Bastardo are both scheduled to begin their rehab outings on July 10.
Carlos Ruiz could return from his concussion this week. He has been cleared to start a rehab assignment, which he will do tomorrow night in Lehigh Valley.