The Phillies have placed left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo on the disabled list, the team announced.
Bastardo, who has a 5.11 ERA over 12 1/3 innings on the season, is sidelined with left elbow ulnar neuritis. Basically, Bastardo's ulnar nerve (which runs behind the funny bone in the elbow) is irritated. That results in hand weakness and numbness -- clearly an important part of throwing a ball. Treatment is generally rest and anti-inflammatory medicine, but it is unknown how serious the injury is for Bastardo.
The 24-year-old was replaced by Scott Mathieson, who posted 12 saves and a 2.43 ERA for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 26-year-old was named the pitcher of the month for May in the Phillies farm system. He pitched 37 1/3 innings for the Phillies back in 2006 as a 22-year-old. In September of that year, Mathieson underwent Tommy John surgery. He experienced a setback in 2007 and missed the entire season due to -- what a coincidence -- inflammation of the ulnar nerve. He then missed the 2008 season with yet another Tommy John surgery, so his comeback is impressive.
-- Evan Brunell
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