Pedro Martinez will make his 2009 debut with the Phillies on Wednesday. To make room for him in the rotation, Jamie Moyer was informed that he will be put in the bull pen. Chad Durbin was also re-activated and Rodrigo Lopez was sent to AAA Lehigh in his place. A roster move to accommodate Martinez will be announced prior to Wednesday’s game.
Moyer has been terrible all year and the Phillies will try his hand in the pen. He will most likely take the lefty long reliever role as Chan Ho Park will be the righty. It’s unknown on how effective he will be but Charlie Manuel feels he will still be a key player for the Phillies.
“Based on our reports on how Pedro has pitched in his rehab starts, we felt it was time to move him into our rotation,” Manuel said. “Jamie was a total professional and team player when we let him know of the decision to move him to the bullpen. He has been, and will continue to be, a very important part of this team.”
The move was highly anticipated by a lot of fans who were getting tired of Moyer’s struggles. Martinez went 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in three minor league starts. Moyer has been terrible all year, going 10-9 with a 5.47 ERA.
The Cubs will also pitch Jeff Samardzija in a spot start Wednesday versus Martinez. The game will be on ESPN at 8:05 ET. He’s pitching in place of Ted Lilly.
Pitching Probables for the Cubs series:
Tuesday: Happ (8-2, 2.74) vs Harden (7-7, 4.41)
Wednesday: Martinez (0-0, – -) vs Samardzija (1-1, 6.29)
Thursday: Lee (9-9, 2.95) vs Dempster (6-5, 4.04)