As expected, the Phillies have added lefthander J.A. Happ to the big-league roster. He takes the place of Adam Eaton, who was sent to the minors yesterday.
Happ is 7-6 with a 3.30 ERA for the Triple A Lehigh Valely IronPigs this season, allowing just 97 hits in 117 1/3 innings while striking out 127.
He has made just three relief appearances in his professional career, but is expected to pitch out of the bullpen, at least at the outset. After that it depends to some extent on how well Brett Myers, who is 3-9 going into tonight’s start against the Nationals, and Joe Blanton pitch. If either falters, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Happ move into the rotation.
Happ made two starts for the Phillies before the All-Star break, pitching two no-decisions despite a solid 3.27 ERA.