John Mayberry Jr. was brought up to the Phillies last night from AAA Lehigh Valley. They will send Sergio Escalona back down to AAA. Mayberry was hitting .277 with 8 HR and 25 RBI for the Iron Pigs this season.
This is great news. He should be starting today and tomorrow. As a right handed bat, he will be facing two very good lefties in Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia respectively. It isn’t known how long his stay will last up in the majors after these two games, especially because he won’t see starting time over Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, or Raul Ibanez any time soon when they go back to the NL.
Mayberry won’t be the only one to make some kind of debut. JA Happ will be set to take the mound today versus Pettitte in his first start of the 2009 season. He was moved from the bull pen to the rotation in place of Chan Ho Park, who was dropped to the pen.
And former Phillies Adam Eaton was dropped by the Orioles after they figured out he is absolutely useless. He pitched 2-5 with an 8.56 ERA. He allowed nine homers and 19 walks in 41 innings, and lasted longer than six innings only once. “The way he pitched made this move self-evident,” Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. “I just didn’t see him being able to locate his pitches on a regular basis.”