Phillies starters had thrown seven straight quality starts, with a 1.66 ERA over that span, when John Lannan took the mound on Wednesday in Cincinnati.
Lannan did not have a quality start. He gave up six runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings. Ten of the 14 batters Lannan faced reached base.
And then afterward, it turned out that Lannan wasn't healthy.
On Thursday, Lannan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee. The Phils will make a corresponding roster move on Friday.
The Phils will likely call up for a reliever, since they don't need another starter until Monday. The odds on favorite for that start is 23-year-old lefty Adam Morgan.
Morgan, who started at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this afternoon, has a 1.42 ERA in three starts with the IronPigs. He gave up one earned run in five innings today.
The only problem wiht that plan, however, is Morgan would have to pitch on day short of normal rest to start on Monday. But in my mind, that still doesn't rule him out altogether.
Lannan, meanwhile, has given the Phils a couple of quality starts in the first two weeks of the season before blowing up on Wednesday.
“I had no push-off from the back side, couldn’t get the ball down in the zone” Lannan said. “But you still have to make pitches, and I couldn’t do that.”
Lannan said he first felt the knee pain while laying down a bunt on Friday in Miami. The pain subsided until his "third or fourth pitch" on Wednesday.
Lannan said following the game that he's battled tendonitis in the knee in the past, but nothing has ever been structurally wrong with the knee.
"I’ve had tendinitis and I’ve always battled through it, but this time it’s weird because I knew what it was when it happened," Lannan said.
Outfielder Domonic Brown was also suppoed to get checked out by team physician Michael Ciccotti today after tweaking his back on a diving play in the first inning of Wednesday's game. There was no word on Brown's status this afternoon.
But expect an update within the next hour from the ballpark. David Murphy (@highcheese) will be there.