Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lisalverto Bonilla scratched from Futures Game

KANSAS CITY — Fans hoping for a look Sunday at Lisalverto Bonilla, the hard-throwing Phillies righthanded reliever who has dominated double-A competition, will be disappointed. He will not pitch in the Futures Game.

Lisalverto Bonilla scratched from Futures Game

After spending 2011 in Lakewood, Lisalverto Bonilla has been pitching at double-A Reading this year. (File photo)
After spending 2011 in Lakewood, Lisalverto Bonilla has been pitching at double-A Reading this year. (File photo)

KANSAS CITY — Fans hoping for a look Sunday at Lisalverto Bonilla, the hard-throwing Phillies righthanded reliever who has dominated double-A competition, will be disappointed. He will not pitch in the Futures Game.

Bonilla, 22, injured his right thumb while clowning around with teammates in a hotel room Saturday night, a source said. The hand was visibly swollen Sunday and he could not shake a reporter's hand.

Scouts have lauded Bonilla's pitching in 2012. He began at single-A Clearwater and quickly earned a promotion to double-A Reading, where he became an Eastern League all-star.

Over both levels, Bonilla has a 1.55 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .191 against him.

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"It's a great experience," Bonilla said of being selected to the Futures Game. "Not everybody gets here. It's a very nice honor."

But he won't pitch in it because of a boneheaded mistake.


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