Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Following fifth straight loss, Phils make three moves

Cesar Hernandez, out; Michael Martinez, in.

Following fifth straight loss, Phils make three moves

Jake Diekman is right in the middle of the competition and there are three spots are open in the Phillies´ bullpen. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Jake Diekman is right in the middle of the competition and there are three spots are open in the Phillies' bullpen. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Cesar Hernandez, out; Michael Martinez, in.

Tyler Cloyd, out; John Lannan, in.

Jake Diekman up.

The Phillies won their fifth straight game a week ago at Miller Park. They enter play today at Target Field losers of five straight.

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And, thus, a small roster shakeup. 

Lannan, who made his second (and final) minor league rehab start on Wednesday night, will rejoin the rotation on Monday. He'll face his former team, the Washington Nationals, at Citizens Bank Park.

Lannan has been on the DL for the last two months with a left knee injury. The Phils will have to make another move before Monday's game to open a spot on the roster for Lannan.

He takes Cloyd's spot in the rotation. Cloyd was 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in six starts.

A beleaguered bullpen will get an extra arm before Lannan arrives, in the form of Diekman.

Diekman, who becomes the fourth lefty in the 'pen, had a 5.70 ERA in 30 games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He struck out 37 while walking 24 in 30 innings. But Diekman hasn't allowed a run in 7 of his last 8 appearances and has held lefthanders to a .161 batting average.

As for Martinez over Hernandez, it's the last spot on the bench and the Phils chose the former over the latter originally because they did not want Hernandez, a developing prospect, to sit. And Hernandez sat quite a lot in the last week: he had one start in the last 8 games and just 4 at-bats in the last week.



1. Ben Revere, CF

2. Michael Young, 3B

3. Jimmy Rollins, SS

4. Ryan Howard, 1B

5. Domonic Brown, LF

6. Delmon Young, DH

7. Laynce Nix, RF

8. Freddy Galvis, 2B

9. Humberto Quintero, C



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