As you may or may not know by now, the Phillies have added Brian Sanches to the 40-man roster and promoted him to the active roster to fill the void left when David Herndon hit the disabled list with an elbow injury last night.
The Phillies opted to go with the experience (and, perhaps, right-handedness) of the 33-year-old, who pitched well in spring training and has continued to do so at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The roster move means no promotion for lefty prospect Jake Diekman. You can read our earlier summation of the situation here.
In the meantime, here's Brian Sanches in Cliffs Notes:
Sanches averaged 49 appearances and 61 innings from 2009 through 2011, posting a 2.92 ERA while averaging 7.8 strikeouts, 4.4 walks and 0.9 home runs per nine innings. In 2009 and 2010 he posted ERAs under 2.60 with solid strikeout numbers and a middling walk rate. Last year, his walks ballooned to 5.3 per nine innings, and along went his ERA, going from 2.26 in 2010 to 3.94 in 2011. Like a lot of guys in his role, Sanches struggles against lefties. Last year, they hit .257/.393/.487 against him. Over the last three years he has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of nearly 1-to-1 against lefties (52 walks, 55 strikeouts).