The left-hander was pulled from his Sunday start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley after 2 2/3 scoreless innings and 41 pitches, then was seen accepting congratulations from teammates in the dugout. The shorter stint signals that the Phillies likely will use him as a lefty reliever.
Happ compiled a 3.27 ERA with no decisions in two starts for this Phillies this season. After being optioned back to Triple-A, he allowed six hits in 15 2/3 innings, with three walks and 23 strikeout in three outings.
Eaton accepted a Minor League assignment on Monday, and will return to a starter’s role. Losing his rotation spot after the acquisition of Joe Blanton, Eaton had made two relief appearances since being moved to the bullpen on July 18.
The team had been non-committal in naming Happ as the roster addition, fueling talk that a trade was imminent. The Phillies might still make a move by Thursday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver Trade Deadline. (H/T Phillies.com)
Palmslap to the head!!! No, no, for god sakes NO!!!! This has got to be a dream. Happ to the pen, Eaton possibly coming back as a starter? Okay, sounds like the brain trust doesn’t have any brains after all. I might be able to live with Happ as a reliever if he’s there as an insurance policy just in case Myers continues with his implosion, but I’d thought that the powers that be have finally come to their senses with Eaton. Guys, eat his blasted contract and release him. That’s it. Stop acting like…oh god, what am I thinking. This is Phillies management. They haven’t really thought about anything since the days when the Carpenter family was in charge. Grumble grumble grumble. Where’s the Alka-Selzter?????