David Herndon to DL

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, April 30, 2012 11:33 PM | Comments: 3

Will Herndon's absence create an opportunity for Diekman or Sanches? Photo (AP)

According to Todd Zolecki, David Herndon is headed to the DL with right elbow inflammation. Herndon has pitched to a career high 4.70 ERA but is also posting a career high in K/9 IP and low in BB/9 IP. At best, Herndon has been a reliable reliever whose peripherals (1.95 xFIP, .391 BABIP) indicate that luck has not been on his side. At worst, Herndon has been ineffective. No corresponding roster move has been announced.

My take: Herndon was showing flashes of effectiveness in some appearances but looked rocky in others. Jake Diekman (0.82 ERA in 11 IP, 17 Ks) has pitched his way into the conversation for a call-up but is a lefty. If the Phils are looking to replace Herndon with a similarly-handed pitcher, former Phil Brian Sanches (3.21 ERA in 14 IP, 12 Ks) has been pitching well for the Pigs. After a hot start, righty Phillippe Aumont is struggling (6.48 ERA in 8.1 IP, 13 Ks against 9 walks) and likely will not be considered to replace Herndon.

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  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Wow so early in already 2 bull pen and a starter on the DL…I wouldnt be surprised if they call up the Horst dude.

  • Posts: 2979 Chuck A.

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    I’m sorry Ian, but don’t we need a lefty? Bastardo is not to be trusted at all right now.

  • Posts: 2069 Brooks

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    Nobody likes to see a man go on the DL but in this case, it could possibly be the best thing to happen for the Phils. Herndon looked sharp where? Did I miss that game? Oh yes, there were 2 out of the 5 games he appeared in where he did not give up a run, that’s right, that is sharp…
    10 hits in 7.2 innings? 4 runs allowed hey, no hrs, he has never given up a lot of hrs – sweet.

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