The Phillies didn’t specify where Eaton was being sent in a Monday morning statement, saying that Eaton’s schedule was being worked out. Like Brett Myers in June, Eaton’s outings might be determined according to which of the minor-league affiliates are home.
A corresponding roster move to fill Eaton’s spot on the 25-man roster wasn’t announced, though left-hander J.A. Happ was pulled from his Sunday start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley after 2 2/3 scoreless innings. He was seen accepting congratulations from teammates in the dugout, which often means a promotion. The team can make an official move in time for their Tuesday game against the Nationals.
Eaton, 31, went 4-8 with a 5.80 ERA in 21 games this season. He had started 19 games before the acquisition of Joe Blanton pushed him to the bullpen, and he made two relief appearances over the weekend. (H/T Phillies.com)
Eaton has been sent down to the Minors. Please let it mean that it’ll lead to the Phillies eating up the rest of his three years contract and releasing him. I know he was given a lot of chances to improve over last year, but quite frankly, he blew it. Sure the offense didn’t help him in several games, but truth be told, he certainly didn’t help himself by not giving up runs when he didn’t need to. Yesterday’s game was, honestly, the nail in his coffin. The best the Phillies can do now is to take their medicine, admit that they had screwed up with signing him to that three years contract, and eat up what’s left of it and let him go. End of story. Hopefully, this will also mean a promotion back to the bigs for J.A. Happ, especially after hearing what he’d done after being sent back to the Iron Pigs. If he continue to go after the hitters in the majors as he did during his two-games stint before the All-Star break, the Phillies will have found themselves yet another stud in the rotation to go along with Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick (Say what you will about him, he at least keeps the Phillies in most of the games he has so far pitched. Kendrick just needs to find himself another good pitch or two that will help him get into the seventh/eighth inning.). Please, let it be so. Pretty please???
“I can’t say enough about Brett’s willingness to accept this assignment,” Gillick said. “He understood and is eager to get back on track again. He’s struggling right now, but he is a quality Major League pitcher who we are going to need in the second half of the season.”
Myers accepted the assignment, and because he has five-plus years in the Majors, he had the option to reject the demotion. Myers will start on Wednesday night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Triple-A affiliate of the Yankees.
“How many starts he will make there is something we’ll monitor,” Gillick said.
Myers, transitioning back to the starting rotation this season after making 48 appearances out of the Phillies’ bullpen last year, is 3-9 with a 5.84 ERA in 17 starts, having allowed 115 hits — including 24 home runs — in 101 2/3 innings. (H/T Phillies.com)
Okay, that answers at least the question of what they’re to do with Myers. And, I’ll say this, at least he had enough sense to accept the temporary demotion to Triple-A so that he can find out what is his problem. Not they Phillies have to answer the second part of the equation, what are going to do about Myers’ spot in the rotation? I’d been hearing that the Phillies plan to move Cole Hamels up a day. That may work for this week, but what are they going to do between now and the All-Star break? I hope whatever they supply as an answer will be a good one, else the Phillies are going to be toast before the break.