Thursday, February 11, 2016

A thin pitching staff is Tyson Brummett's benefit

MIAMI — Tyson Brummett last pitched in a game Aug. 31, and that was for triple-A Lehigh Valley. Since the minor-league season ended, the 28-year-old righthander has thrown bullpen sessions in Utah in preparation for winter ball.

A thin pitching staff is Tyson Brummett's benefit

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(David J. Phillip/AP)
(David J. Phillip/AP)

MIAMI — Tyson Brummett last pitched in a game Aug. 31, and that was for triple-A Lehigh Valley. Since the minor-league season ended, the 28-year-old righthander has thrown bullpen sessions in Utah in preparation for winter ball.

On Sunday, he became a major leaguer.

Even with this season in its twilight, the Phillies need pitching depth. They do not have a starter for Tuesday's game because Tyler Cloyd was shut down with a tired arm. They do not have a true long man.

Rather than push some of the current pitchers, all of whom have logged a lengthy season, Brummett was summoned for help. His contract was purchased and catcher Brian Schneider was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to clear space.

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"We need more pitching so we're comfortable," GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

Brummett will not start Tuesday, Amaro said. The likely candidate is reliever B.J. Rosenberg, who made six starts for triple-A Lehigh Valley. That could change if he's needed in a game before Tuesday.

Brummett posted a 3.20 ERA in 44 games between double A and triple A. He's long been viewed as an organizational arm.


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