J.C. Romero has a new partner.
Looking for another lefthanded reliever to help combat the dangerous Dodgers duo of James Loney and Andre Ethier, the Phillies have called up 24-year-old Antonio Bastardo from Triple A Lehigh Valley.
Bastardo was on the Phils' Opening Day roster, but was used sparingly during the first two-and-a-half months of the season. After allowing two runs and hitting two batters in two-thirds of an inning against the Yankees on June 15, the Phillies placed him on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. After activating him, they optioned him to Lehigh Valley.
Since returning to Lehigh Valley, Bastardo has pitched 13.2 scoreless innings, allowing just seven base runners (four hits, three walks) while striking out 21 in 15 appearances.
In 16 appearances with the Phillies this season, Bastardo has allowed just 6 hits and struck out 13 in 12.1 innings, but has also walked nine and hit two batters with pitches.
The Phillies opened up a spot on the active roster on Sunday by optioning outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to Triple A. The Phillies will go with four bench players against the Dodgers.
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