Tag:J.A. Happ
Posted on: April 19, 2010 3:33 pm

Happ to skip Wednesday start

The Phillies announced today that J.A. Happ will miss his scheduled start Wednesday in Atlanta, because of soreness in his left elbow.

The team said that an MRI exam showed "a very mild flexor pronator muscle strain," and that Happ is expected to throw a bullpen session on Thursday. Because the Phillies are off today, they can bring Roy Halladay and Jamie Moyer back on normal rest to pitch Wednesday and Thursday against the Braves. They'll need another starter Saturday in Arizona.

Pitching depth is an issue for the Phillies, with Joe Blanton on the disabled list.
Category: MLB
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:20 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 3:28 pm

3 to watch: The 'I (almost) told you so' edition

If you checked in with 3 to watch on Friday, you knew to tune in for one of the games of the weekend, the marathon Mets' 20-inning win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

Not only that, but we told you about a young pitcher who people say "is going to throw a no-hitter some day." So what that we picked the wrong young pitcher (Brett Anderson instead of Ubaldo Jimenez)?

We won't forget Jimenez this week, in the newest edition of 3 to watch. Our only regret is that we can't make it 4 to watch, and thus include the expected debut of Mets first-base prospect Ike Davis, which reportedly will come sometime during the series against the Cubs.

1. The Phillies survived the first week of the season with Brad Lidge, J.C. Romero and Joe Blanton on the disabled list. They won three of the first four games that Jimmy Rollins missed with a calf injury that landed him on the DL, too. But now comes the news that J.A. Happ is bothered by stiffness in his left forearm, as first reported by Jim Salisbury of Comcast Philadelphia. So there's a lot of focus on Happ's next scheduled start, in Phillies at Braves, Wednesday (7:10 EDT) at Turner Field . Pitching depth is an issue for the Phils, so much so that Nelson Figueroa (cut in spring training by the Mets) is reportedly a top candidate to take Happ's place, if needed. This is a big series, regardless -- the first series of the year between the Phils and the Braves, the team that represents the biggest threat to Philadelphia's National League East dominance. MONDAY UPDATE: The Phillies announced that they will skip Happ's start, but that because of the off day they'll simply have Roy Halladay pitch Wednesday, with Jamie Moyer going Thursday. They now need a starting pitcher for Saturday's game in Arizona.

2. After the 1926 Yankees won their first five series of the season, they went to Philadelphia and were swept by the A's. Now the 2010 Yankees have won their first four series of the year (the first Yankee team since 1926 to do so), and guess who they get next? If history repeats, tune in for Yankees at A's, Thursday (3:35 EDT) at the Coliseum , to see the A's go for the sweep. The matchup Thursday is CC Sabathia (2-0) against Dallas Braden (2-0), but the real matchup this week is the Yankee lineup (69 runs in the first 12 games) against the A's pitching staff, which leads the league in both overall ERA (2.90) and rotation ERA (2.70).

3. OK, so we didn't tell you to watch Jimenez last Saturday against the Braves. And OK, it's an easy call to tell you to watch Jimenez's next start. We're telling you anyway: Rockies at Nationals, Thursday (4:35 EDT) at Nationals Park . We'll also tell you that in Jimenez's only other career start at Nationals Park, he allowed seven hits in eight innings of a 4-3 win.

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