Brian Sanches was announced as the minor league pitcher the Philadelphia Phillies were calling up in place of David Herndon, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
Sanches is a 33-year old journeyman right-hander who has bounced from team to team during the last decade. Sanches initially made his major league debut with the Phillies in 2006, posting a 5.91 ERA in 21.1 innings. Sanches strikes out a slew of hitters, posting a 9.3 strikeout per nine inning rate, although he also walked 5.5 batters per nine innings.
Sanches was 1-1 with a 5.52 ERA in 2007, walking over seven batters per nine innings while seeing his strikeout total drop to just 5.5 per nine innings. He signed with the Washington Nationals for the 2008 season, compiling a 7.36 ERA in 11 innings on the mound before spending three seasons with the Florida Marlins.
Sanches enjoyed his finest seasons in 2009 and 2010, posting ERAs of 2.56 and 2.26 in consecutive seasons. He signed with the IronPigs this past offseason and has fared well so far in his first month in Triple-A. He has a 3.21 ERA with 12 strikeouts against just two walks in 14 innings.
Sanches is experienced and the Phillies may be hoping for a veteran with the team starting a tough three-game series against the Braves. He is adept at getting right handed hitters out, as he held them to just a .198/.271/.328 statline in 2011 and .195/.263/.325 in 2010.