Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
Ryne Sandberg is back where he started in Philadelphia. Ryno is hoping to be more than a September call-up this time.
The Philadelphia Phillies have recalled relief pitchers Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
26-year-old Justin Friend was recently promoted to AAA Lehigh Valley after one of the great runs in recent memory at AA Reading.
The Phillies added three new players to the major league roster.
Savery gave up a hit in a scoreless appearance in the 7th inning — an inning Brad Lidge finished up, getting the two final outs.
Telford, Pa. native Erik Kratz on Friday got the call to serve as the Phillies’ third catcher for the remainder of the regular season.
The Phillies have added another September callup, bringing INF/OF Pete Orr up from AAA Lehigh Valley.
Finally, last week, Michael Schwimer made his Major League debut in Washington, pitching three effective innings.
The Phillies have placed third baseman Placido Polanco on the disabled list. To take his place on the roster, righthanded reliever Michael Schwimer is expected to be recalled from AAA Lehigh Valley.
De Fratus has spent most of the season at AA Reading, going 4-0 in 23 games with eight saves and a 2.10 ERA. That work got the Phillies’ 11th-round pick in the 2007 draft promoted to AAA on June 16th.
The Phillies have announced that closer Ryan Madson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hand contusion.
To take his place on the roster, righthander Scott Mathieson is being brough back from AAA Lehigh Valley.
Erik Kratz has logged more than 2,200 at-bats in minor league baseball since 2002, plus a brief time with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Should the need for more quality arms emerge for the Phillies, they have some real options at AAA Lehigh Valley. Right at the top of that list is 6’8″ righthander Michael Schwimer.
With the big league club practically sold out for the season, Phillies marketing director Michael Harris says the team is airing new TV commercials promoting its minor league teams.
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