Happ on the DL
Here’s a rundown of today’s news that J.A. Happ is on the DL, J.C. Romero took his place on the 25-man roster and Nelson Figueroa will make a spot start Saturday in Arizona:
- The Phillies think Happ’s return to the rotation could be closer to weeks than a month. He is eligible to be activated as early as May 1 because he has not pitched since April 15. Happ had the same injury (strained flexor pronator muscle in his left arm) in 2007, so he is familiar with the injury. He said it has improved since his last start, but he still felt some discomfort in a 20-pitch bullpen session this afternoon. Happ will remain with the team and continue to throw, although he will not throw off the mound until they determine he is ready.
- They do not think Happ needs further medical testing. He had a MRI last Friday.
- Figueroa will pitch Saturday because the Phillies said he is their best option. Andrew Carpenter got bumped from tonight’s start with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but the Phillies said that was precautionary. I’m guessing they held him out in case Jamie Moyer got knocked out early tonight and had to use Figueroa.
- The Phillies do not need a fifth starter until May 4 against the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park, which helps the Phillies while Happ and Joe Blanton are out.
- Blanton could be back May 3, which means the Phillies would not need to call up a pitcher from Triple-A to take Happ’s spot. Blanton will make his second rehab start Friday with Double-A Reading. He could make his third and final rehab start next Wednesday.
Placido Polanco is not in the lineup tonight, but he said he expects to play tomorrow night in Arizona.