Four hours before first pitch, the Phillies do not have a starting pitcher for Thursday night's game against the Houston Astros. He's been traded.
The Phillies sent righthander Roberto Hernandez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two players to be named later. The 33-year-old Hernandez, who signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal this winter, went 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA in 23 games (20 starts) with the Phillies this season.
Hernandez was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers, and then the two teams worked out a trade.
"They expressed interest in trying to do something with him," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We started to go through the process, go through their system. We got to the point where we got some names together we thought would make the deal reasonable and we went for it."
The Phils selected the contract of Sean O'Sullivan from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to take Hernandez's place on the active roster. He was due to start for the IronPigs tomorrow night.
However, Amaro said Cesar Jimenez could start tonight's game with O'Sullivan to follow. O'Sullivan was trying to get a flight out of Toledo, where the IronPigs are scheduled to play.