UPDATED: 3:30 p.m.
The Phillies have optioned righthander David Herndon to Triple A Lehigh Valley to make room for lefty J.C. Romero, who was activated from the disabled list. Herndon has allowed as many home runs (3) as strikeouts this season and has allowed 11 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings. He is only 25 years old, and has actually never pitched in Triple A: The Phillies selected him in the Rule 5 draft last year after he spent the previous season at Double-A in the Angels organization.
The last time Josh Johnson and Roy Halladay met at Sun Life Stadium in the month of May, the two starting pitchers combined to allow one run, seven hits and one walk with 17 strikeouts in 16 innings of spectacularly-pitched baseball. One of them finished with a perfect game. The Phillies finished with a 1-0 victory, their only run coming thanks to a fielding error.
If you have nothing better to do next week, a short vacation to Fort Lauderdale or Miami might be in order. Because Johnson and Halladay are scheduled to square off again in south Florida on Tuesday.
As good as Halladay has been this season, going 4-1 with a 2.14 ERA with two complete games in six starts, Johnson has been even better. The 27-year-old righthander has allowed exactly four earned runs in 41 innings this season, good enough for a 0.88 ERA. He is allowing an average of 4 hits per nine innings of work. If he didn't get hurt at the end of last season, he might have given Cy Young voters something to think about before automatically placing Halladay atop their ballots.
So call dibs on the television right now.
Tonight's line-up against the Nationals:
- Jimmy Rollins SS
- Shane Victorino CF
- Placido Polanco 3B
- Ryan Howard 1B
- Ben Francisco RF
- Raul Ibanez LF
- Brian Schneider C
- Wilson Valdez 2B
- Vance Worley RHP
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