Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Phillies' new fifth starter
By Jason Catania
The Philadelphia Phillies lost John Lannan to a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee, per MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, and will be without the lefty for six-to-eight weeks.
While Lannan is out, the Phillies were considering as many as four options to replace him in the rotation. The club decided on Jonathan Pettibone, who will take what would have been Lannan's turn on Monday, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The New Jersey Star-Ledger's Jordan Raanan wrote a full breakdown of the quartet: lefty Adam Morgan and right-handers Pettbone, Tyler Cloyd and Ethan Martin.
While Cloyd was the only one of the four with major league experience, the Phillies want to see what they have in Pettibone, who is a durable 22-year-old righty with good command.
While Pettibone was the first choice, GM Ruben Amaro said that does not mean the team won't revisit the fifth starter's role again at some point before Lannan makes it back.
Pettibone, Cloyd and Martin are on the 40-man roster, which means the Phillies would not need to make another transaction to promote them to the 25-man.
Meanwhile, Morgan, who is the best prospect of the four, pitched on Thursday, so he wasn't a likely candidate to make his MLB debut on short rest. Whether that changes down the road remains to be seen.