Numbers indicate Happ is not ready

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Jul 072010

July 7 Camden Courier-Post

“The numbers speak for themselves, which is why the Phillies told left-hander J.A. Happ that he’s not ready to rejoin their starting rotation.

Happ, who went on the disabled list April 22 with a left forearm strain, struggled with command and sustaining his velocity during his six-game, five-start rehab assignment at three different lev els and was optioned Tuesday to the minors after his stint had ended.

Happ labored at all three levels, going 1-1 with a 6.93 ERA and allowing 33 hits in 24 2/3 innings. Opponents batted .311 against him. He’s expected to start Friday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

“Yeah, it was kind of a tough decision to send him down, but I was honest with him,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I just didn’t think he was pitching good enough to be in our rotation right now.

“I think he will soon, but just from the way we evaluated him, the way he threw, he’s making progress — but just not well enough to break into our rotation at this time.”

Happ’s spot in the rotation will continue to be filled by Kyle Kendrick, who has pitched adequately in the rotation since the beginning of the season, first filling in for Joe Blanton. The right-hander is 5-3 with a 4.70 ERA.

Phils manager Charlie Manuel never thought Happ would miss this much time when the injury occurred, but he’s certain that Happ needs more time on the farm to rediscover the touch that made him last year’s rotation surprise.”

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