Happ Activated, Optioned
The Phillies today activated left-hander J.A. Happ from the 15-day disabled list, then optioned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Happ had 30 days to complete his rehab assignment. The 30th day is tomorrow, which means Happ ran out of time. The Phillies could have applied to extend his rehab, but Happ did not suffer any setbacks with his health. He simply did not pitch the way the Phillies wanted him to pitch before rejoining the rotation. He went 1-1 with a 6.93 ERA in six rehab starts. The Phillies said they need to see more from him.
“It was kind of a tough decision to send him down,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I was honest with him. I just didn’t think he was pitching well enough to be in our rotation right now. I think he will soon, but just from the way we’ve evaluated him and the way he threw, he’s making progress, just not enough to break into our rotation at this time.”
Amaro said Happ needs to improve his consistency in the strike zone. He said his velocity is fine.
“I think he’s there health-wise,” Amaro said.
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