Here and There…..
As expected, LHP J. A. Happ joined the Phillies in DC today from Lehigh Valley, taking Adam Eaton’s spot on the pitching staff. Happ was 7-6, 3.30 ERA in 20 games this season for the IronPigs. He’s leading the International League with 127 strikeouts (117 innings). J. A. started the season, 0-3, 5.59 in first 4 AAA starts.
That was this morning.
Then, this afternoon, 3B Mike Cervenak was recalled from Lehigh Valley to replace Pedro Feliz, put on the 15-day DL with a lower back inflammation.
Cervenak, a 31-year-old U. of Michigan grad, was hitting .320 in 99 games (23 doubles, 7 HR, 56 RBI) at LV and riding a 14-game hitting streak, .421 (24-56). After 9 years in the minors, he made his major league debut with the Phillies earlier this month. He was signed as a minor league free agent last December.
The right-handed hitter is a .298 career minor league hitter.
Greg Legg, hitting coach at Lakeland, has replaced Roly de Armas on Manuel’s staff. De Armas is a member of the USA Olympic Team staff. He’s expected back shortly after the August 23 Gold Medal Game.
4 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, is the trading deadline on Thursday.
Pat Gillick, Ruben Amaro and Mike Arbuckle have set up a war room in the hotel in Washington, DC. Of course, the old days of using hotel phones have gone out of the window with cell phones. Their cell phones will be busy between now and then.
Adding a lefty in the bullpen is the primary focus.
Once the deadline line is passed, players can still be moved but have to clear waivers first. The Phillies have picked up Jeff Conine and Jamie Moyer (both 2006) and Cory Lidle (2004) that way.
So, don’t panic if Thursday comes and goes.
Jayson Stark of ESPN.com had an interesting note about starting pitchers recently. Of starters traded at the deadline, the last one to win a World Series game was Jeff Weaver of the Cardinals two years ago.
Over in the A. L.? Try Mike Torrez with the Yankees….30 seasons ago.
Juan Samuel wore # 8 in his Phillies career. He is being inducted into the Wall of Fame on 8-8-08.
On this date in Phillies history (1983), we purchased Larry Andersen from our AAA team in Portland, OR. He was on loan from Seattle’s Salt Lake City team in the same Pacific Coast League. For some reason, Seattle didn’t want him on their AAA team.
Once loaned, he’s now a fixture in Philadelphia. Just another heart-warming success story.