Saturday, February 6, 2016

Phillies fill in rotation

The Phillies have named their starters for Saturday and Sunday, and neither is a new name to the mix.

Phillies fill in rotation


The Phillies have named their starters for Saturday and Sunday, and neither is a new name to the mix.

According to pitching coach Rich Dubee, Kyle Kendrick is scheduled to start Saturday in his usual spot in the rotation against Colorado and ace Ubaldo Jimenez, and J.A. Happ is then scheduled to pitch Sunday in his return to the big leagues.

Kendrick was sent to Triple A hours after he gave up seven runs in five innings, including three homers in the bottom of the fifth, against the Cardinals on Monday night.

“My command was off all night. I was falling behind hitters,” he said after the game. “I was behind in the count and left some pitches up. I made some mistakes and they hit them where they should have. It wasn’t good at all. I was 2-0, 3-1 all night and then I paid for it in the fifth.”

Happ looked more than ready to resume his role in the Phillies rotation against Indianapolis for Triple A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night.

He was pulled from his start after three innings. He located the ball consistently on both sides of the plate, striking out the first batter he faced on that surprise neck-level fastball that he would spring on hitters during his successful rookie campaign. In three scoreless innings, he allowed three hits, no walks, and struck out three. According to the Indianapolis television broadcast, his velocity routinely touched 92-93.


Also, Jamie Moyer will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained ulnar collateral and a sprained flexor pronator in his left elbow. He will be out "quite some time," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Amaro said the possibility of surgery is "ambiguous."

Moyer left Tuesday night's game after 47 pitches.


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