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Lannan To 15-Day DL With Strained Tendon

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, April 18, 2013 02:30 PM | Comments: 3
Injuries, News

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/mlb/players/full/28834.png&w=350&h=254The Phillies announced John Lannan was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee. Lannan attributed his knee troubles to tendonitis to reporters after last night’s game.

There has been no corresponding move made yet but Adam Morgan is making quite the impression in Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Morgan has thrown five innings, giving up one earned in today’s start and now has an ERA of 1.42 in three starts.

Analysis: Will Morgan be called up to replace Lannan? Tough to say but probably not. Morgan was pulled today after five effective , but long (100 pitches) innings, not because of any news related to Lannan. He is not on the 40-man roster while each of the other IronPigs starters (Tyler Cloyd, Jonathan Pettibone, B.J. Rosenberg, and Ethan Martin) are. Morgan has outperformed all four pitchers and is among the best in the International League right now but Morgan did pitch today and Lannan’s next turn is Monday, which means Morgan would go on slightly short rest if he gets the call.

When I scouted him on April 6, Morgan used a fastball, change-up, and a slider to challenge hitters and induce weak contact. Morgan has Major League stuff, no doubt about it. The only flaw I found was his out pitch (slider) always came on 0-2 or 1-2 from 1-1. He varied his pitches early but looked to the slider away against righties every time the count when in his favor.

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Ian's athletic achievements include getting stuffed by NBA center Aaron Gray in high school and hitting .179 over four years for NYU against D-III, NAIA, JuCo, and NCBA schools. Ian hopes his athletic successes will help him achieve his dream of becoming the underground Bob Uecker.

 
 
  • Posts: 0 art kyriazis

    John Lannan was heard to be singing Ÿer Blues on his way to the disabled list. If you played the tape backwards, it said, turn me on dead man. He also spread a rumor that Paul was the Walrus, but really, John Lannon was the Walrus. Michelle Beadle was my favorite Beatle. Seriously, this is where we have to say SIGN JAMIE MOYER. If the season is going to be a total disaster, let’s at least watch Moyer march toward 300 wins as our #5 or spot starter. Brett Myers, JA Happ, Joe Blanton, all of those guys might have been better and MORE DURABLE than John Lannan. Myers is only making $7 Million a year and he’s a 200 Inning a year horse. Blanton is a horse. Happ is still only 30 and he was effective. And what of the Vanimal? We traded him for a CF who can’t hit major league pitching, even if he’s defensively the second coming of Willie Mays and is leading the majors in stolen bases, you can’t steal if you can’t get on base. don’t you want the Vanimal back? Vance Worley was durable and did the job for the Phillies day in and day out and he was a competitor. This is where we have to say SIGN KYLE LOHSE THE SITUATION IS DESPERATE. The Phils got Ben Revere for CF–but the Nats got Denard Span, and the Braves got BJ Upton and then Justin Upton later. Who’s on Third there? The Phils need another starter, and they need a prototypical RH left field power hitter. Of course, that guy is sitting in triple AAA–his name is Darren Ruf–and there are guys out there they could acquire–they could have had Michael Cuddyer for $10 M a year for three years before last year–who is ripping it up for Colorado–even Pence is ripping it up. One final note–Eric Kratz is killing the Phils with a minus .6 WAR==he will cost the Phils a full win by end of April. Would it have killed the Phils to have given Tommy Joseph a month of major league time? He has the bat, he has the glove, and frankly, he looks like the next Buster Posey. He couldn’t have done worse than Kratz. And they have Sebastian Valle parked right behind him in the minors. PLEASE COME BACK CHICO RUIZ YOUR TEAM NEEDS YOU! Cold turkey–on the run.

     
    • Posts: 0 George

      Of all the pitcher’s you’ve mentioned as being more durable than Lannan, the only ones you could honestly make a case for would be Myers and Happ. Worley spent most of 2012 fighting bone chips, Blanton hardly even pitched in 2011. On the other hand, this ids Lannan’s first problem.

      As far as being more effective, that’s pretty debateable. Happ hasn’t dome anything since he was traded, Worley hasn’t started the year too well, Blanton’s career hasn’t been anything to write home about. That leaves, once again, Myers. But $7 million is a more than Lannan will make even if Lannan hits every incentive in his contract. In fact, the difference could pay for a decent middle reliever.

      Also, your rating or Revere is somewhat under what most scouts think, and your rating of Pence doesn’t fit his early numbers or his 2012 finish. Kyle Lohse already signed. B.J Upton was an overpay. Cuddyer is history; they missed out, so get over it. Ruf might be an offensive upgrade (MIGHT) but he’d miss way too many balls Brown, Mayberry, Nix, and Carrera would all catch. And although Joseph might not hurt the Phils, bringing him up prematurely could certainly hurt Joseph.

      I know people are frustrated, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t think before they write.

       
    • Posts: 4527 Lefty

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      Are we talking about the Tommy Joseph at LV? Seriously?
      I’ve posted this too many times, check the stats yourself man, but to answer your question-

      Yes his seven passed balls in his first six games would have killed the Phillies.

       
 
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