Happ to Miss Next Start, Maybe More
The Phillies issued the following news release earlier today from Ruben Amaro Jr.:
“J.A. Happ experienced soreness in his left elbow after his last start. He was seen by Dr. Michael Ciccotti and had an MRI. The MRI revealed a very mild flexor pronator muscle strain. J.A. has been progressing and improving since then, but we will take a conservative approach and skip his next start. He is scheduled for a bullpen session on Thursday.”
Kyle Kendrick will open the three-game series against the Braves tomorrow night at Turner Field. Roy Halladay will pitch Wednesday and Jamie Moyer will pitch Thursday. Cole Hamels will open the three-game series against the Diamondbacks on Friday.
The Phillies don’t need a fifth starter until Saturday.
Happ could pitch Saturday, if his bullpen session goes well. Or they could have Nelson Figueroa make a spot start. Because the Phillies play no game April 29, they actually would not need a fifth starter again until May 4 against the Cardinals. Obviously, Happ could slide in anywhere along that timeframe if he feels better. And the Phillies certainly need him to feel better.