Phillies Promote Drew Anderson for Second Day in a Row
The Phillies needed eight different pitchers Tuesday night to get through a doubleheader with the Miami Marlins. The starter in game two, Nick Pivetta, got just four outs before departing the game. The result was a less-than-desirable roster crunch as the Phillies bulllpen could use some rest. So, the Phillies had to make a move.
Pitcher Drew Anderson, who joined the Phillies and made his Major League debut under similiar circumstances, will re-join the Phillies bullpen for the time being. Anderson just yesterday was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley from Double-A Reading. The pitching-depleted IronPigs had named Anderson the starter for Wednesday night's game.
Instead, Anderson will head down the Northeast Extension and help the Phillies in Philadelphia. The Phillies may hope that Anderson can bring them some insurance without having to use him behind tonight's starter Mark Leiter. While Leiter has had a few impressive outings, his longest outing all season combined between Triple-A and the Phillies is six innings.
Edubray Ramos, who threw three scoreless innings in game two, and Jesen Therrien are almost certainly unavailable Wednesday night. Both Hector Neris and Luis Garcia were not used during the doubleheader and will be available to pitch. Adam Morgan, Hoby Milner, and Yacksel Rios each pitched in just one game and may be available.
Meanwhile, the move means the Phillies had to option outfielder Cameron Perkins to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room. Perkins is a good bet to return to the Phillies after rosters expand in September. Perkins probably would have remained with the Phillies under normal circumstances.
The move leaves the Phillies with just two listed outfielders on the roster: Hyun Soo Kim and Nick Williams. First baseman Rhys Hoskins has been playing left field and the Phillies have used infielders Andres Blanco, Ty Kelly and Pedro Florimon in the outfield in the past.