UPDATED - 3:41 p.m. Walker and Cervenak were not options for the Phillies as they are injured.
I'm sure some of you are curious as to why the Phillies decided to call up lefthander Sergio Escalona today after optioning righthander Andrew Carpenter back to the minor leagues. The move leaves the club with 13 pitchers and four bench players, with Eric Bruntlett and Chris Coste as the only two right-handed bats off the bench.
The Phillies had other options with major league experience in the minors. Third baseman Mike Cervenak spent a brief stint with the team last season is currently batting .326 with three home runs and 23 RBI for Lehigh Valley but hurt his wrist last night. Second baseman Pablo Ozuna had an impressive spring training and is hitting .286 with a .320 on base percentage, while John Mayberry is hitting .270 with eight home runs and 25 RBI.
On the pitching side, the Phillies have three veterans with significant major league experience all pitching well for the IronPigs. Mike Koplove has allowed just one earned runs and 12 hits while striking out 21 and walking nine in 17 1/3 innings. Gary Majewski has allowed eight earned runs in 19 1/3 innings (3.72 ERA). Tyler Walker has pitched 11 scoreless innings since signing a minor league contract last month but is on the disabled list and is currently rehabbing.