John Lannan to start Monday; Tyler Cloyd demoted
MINNEAPOLIS — The Phillies' walking wounded are beginning to shuffle back from the disabled list to the majors. John Lannan, the team's fifth starter, will return Monday to pitch against the team from which he demanded a trade last season. And starting catcher Carlos Ruiz is targeting a June 21 arrival.
A depleted roster requires some sort of boost. Chase Utley could reappear next week, although his status is less certain.
Ruiz (strained right hamstring) will begin a rehabilitation assignment Saturday with triple-A Lehigh Valley. He will play two games there, rest Monday, and play twice more for double-A Reading. He is expected to be activated a week from Friday.
Lannan, meanwhile, will start Monday in the series opener against Washington at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies optioned Tyler Cloyd on Thursday and recalled lefthander Jake Diekman as an extra bullpen arm.
Lannan spent six seasons with the Nationals and twice started on opening day. He was sent to triple A before the 2012 season began and subsequently demanded a trade in the form of an e-mail sent to reporters.
He made three starts with the Phillies before he went on the disabled list with a strained left knee. His ERA was 6.14. The Phillies signed him to a $2.5 million deal last winter.
Cloyd posted a 3.41 ERA in six starts and allowed one run in five innings Wednesday. The Phillies were 2-4 in games he started.
"Tyler knows what kind of pitcher he is," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He has to keep the ball down. He has to be in the zone. Tyler put us in a place to win the games he pitched. We could have won those games if we scored more runs."
Diekman has stumbled to a 5.70 ERA at triple-A Lehigh Valley, with 24 walks in 30 innings. He showed promise a season ago but lacked command. Lefties have a .461 OPS with only two walks against him, while righties have an .885 OPS and 22 walks.
Given the current state of the Phillies bullpen, Diekman could pitch his way into the picture with a decent outing or two.
"We're going into Colorado, and sometimes you have some big run-scoring games," Manuel said. "We definitely wanted to go in there with an extra pitcher."
Catching prospect Tommy Joseph was placed on the disabled list again Wednesday, but not because of recurring concussion symptoms, according to Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development.
"Our hope was to get him back out there [Friday], but he was just shut down physically for quite a while and we want him to take more time and make sure he's ready," Jordan said. "He's not having any concussion-related symptoms. Physically, he just needs more time before we send him back to the upper level of the minor leagues. We're just taking a conservative approach."
The Phillies recalled infielder Michael Martinez on Thursday. They optioned Cesar Hernandez to triple A after Wednesday's 4-3 loss so the 23-year-old prospect can see regular playing time. He hit .250 in 28 at-bats with the Phillies. . . . Colorado will throw three righthanded pitchers in this weekend's series.
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