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Valle Promoted With Acquisition of Joseph

Reading catcher Tommy Joseph (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Disatch)

With the acquisition of Tommy Joseph, the Phillies found themselves with two good young catchers on their Double-A squad in Reading.

Joseph joined top catcher prospect Sebastian Valle in the Phillies organization when he was included in the trade that sent Hunter Pence to the Giants earlier this afternoon. But with Joseph’s presence, Valle got the promotion he undoubtedly deserved.

Valle, who turned 22 last week, was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 80 games with the R-Phils, Valle was hitting .261 with 13 homers and 44 RBIs.

Joseph, 21, was hitting .260 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 80 games for the Richmond Flying Squirrels in Double-A. They play Reading tonight, so his trip to the R-Phils’ dugout was very short.

The move was made for two reasons. First, Valle deserved the call up. Second, Joseph will play every day with Reading for the remainder of the season while Valle gets time in Lehigh to maximize both catchers’ playing time.

The move also ends Tuffy Gosewhisch’s time in Philadelphia with Brian Schneider being activated and Erik Kratz soon to be sent back to Lehigh. Gosewhisch was sold to Toronto.


Bullpen Shuffle: Phils Send Down Savery; DFA Qualls

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel reliever reliever Joe Savery in the 5th inning of the Phillies 11-7 loss to Pittsburgh. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — After a nine-inning bullpen game turned into a disaster, the Phillies made a pair of moves within their bullpen again.

After the Phillies 11-7 loss to the Pirates in which the entire bullpen pitched, the Phillies made two roster moves.

“It kind of backfired,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said after the game. “We got lit up.”

Right after the game, the Phillies sent Joe Savery packing for Lehigh. The left-hander has been terrible all season, posting a 5.73 ERA in 23 innings pitched. In fact, the Phillies are an astonishing 0-17 in games that Savery pitched.

In his place, they called up left-hander Brian Sanches. Sanches had pitched in three games this season, allowing five earned runs in four innings.

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Phillies Call Up Three From LHV

Since Michael Schwimer can’t do much as a pitcher right now, he’s taking up a job in journalism.

Going by that tweet, the Phillies will be making a ton of moves regarding their bullpen and the injury to Laynce Nix.

First off, the Phillies announced last night they were optioning reliever Joe Savery to Lehigh. And with both lefty Jake Diekman and righty Raul Valdes being mentioned in the tweet, that means another reliever will be sent down as well.

Top candidate for that is Brian Sanches and his 2.75 WHIP and 11.25 ERA in four innings.

In 11 outings for Lehigh, Valdes is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 26 strike outs in 21 innings. Diekman is 1-0 with a 0.59 ERA in 15 1/3 innings (13 games) of work with 22 strike outs.

Nix reinjured his calf during a pinch-hit single in yesterday’s loss and could possibly wind up on the DL. Right-handed hitting Hector Luna will be the guy filling in, hitting .277 with a homer and 12 RBIs so far in AAA.

If Nix doesn’t go on the DL then catcher Erik Kratz could be sent back down.

Brown sent to minors; Utley, Martinez updates

LF Domonic Brown. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

It was a busy morning down in Clearwater for the Phillies. Roster moves and injury updates have been the hot topic this spring for the Phillies and it starts with Domonic Brown.

The left fielder was optioned to minor league camp this morning, meaning he will start the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Brown’s spring was injury-riddled again, but thankfully not as serious as last year when he fractured a bone in his hand. He jammed his thumb diving for a ball as well as suffering a sore neck while sleeping on the bus this spring.

But injuries aside, Brown enjoyed a good offensive spring in which he hit .300 (6-for-20) with two triples, a homer and two RBIs while scoring four times. He only struck out once all spring.

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Brown: “I’m coming to win a job”

(Yong Kim/Philly Inquirer)

The wait is finally over. Domonic Brown has his confidence and this could be the year he shows the fans what he can really do.

The 24-year-old Phillies prospect did all the right things. He found a way to finally settle down, he sought help with his mechanics and he took a step back so he could evaluate the high expectations everyone has for him.

Brown said he sought help from one of the greatest hitters in the past quarter century, Gary Sheffield. But what Brown also said when talking to reporters will reassure his coaches, the fans and most importantly himself.

“I’m not at peace if I start at triple A,” Brown said Tuesday morning. “I’m coming to win a job. I’m fighting to win a job here. If I start at triple A, I start at triple A.”

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After long wait, Schwimer’s name gets called

Michael Schwimmer pitches in relief for the Phils this past February in Spring Training. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Being in AAA Lehigh was like waiting in the bull pen for Michael Schwimmer. Time after time, the phone would ring and names like Michael Stutes, David Herndon, Drew Carpenter, Mike Zagurksi, Scott Mathieson and Juan Perez were asked for. But never Schwimer’s.

Of the six names mentioned, only two (Stutes and Herndon) are still with the Phillies – and Stutes is the only one who should remain on the roster heading into October.

But the phone finally rang for the 25-year-old Schwimer. And it took a little too long.

Schwimer has been dominant for the IronPigs, posting a 9-1 record, 1.88 ERA and a whopping 86 strike outs in 46 games and 67 innings pitched. Schwimer was named to the AAA All-Star team as well as arguably be Lehigh’s best player of the season.

With Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco being put on the DL last night, the door – and well the roster spot – opened for Schwimer. Now it will be Schwimer’s turn to join the Phillies bull pen and contribute, proving that this call up may be his first and last.

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Worley optioned

The Phillies made a rather interesting move following today’s 5-4 win over Washington.

They optioned their 23-year-old starting pitcher Vance Worley back to Lehigh Valley for a little work.

“We’ll see you shortly,” Worley recalled them saying. “You’re a part of this team. You’ll be back.”

It’s a move that will allow Worley to work on his stuff as a starter. After being dropped to the bull pen in Joe Blanton’s first return, Worley struggled in his next two starts.

He was exhausted in a poor outing last week and then was roughed up against the Mets on Sunday. He pitched a total of eight innings with 18 hits and 12 runs, eight earned.

On the season, Worley is 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA in six appearances, four of which are starts.

The Phillies have an off day on Thursday, which will allow them to skip Worley’s spot in the order.

The Phils will likely call up Scott Mathieson or Mike Zagurski for the next couple days. And when Shane Victorino returns on Friday, one of those pitchers will be sent back down, leaving the bull pen with seven relievers.