The Philadelphia Phillies will add another pitcher to their long injury list, as reliever David Herndon will undergo Tommy John surgery that will likely keep him out for most of 2013 as well as the remainder of this year.
Herndon is 0-1 with a 4.70 ERA in five appearances this season. He has struck out eight and walked just one in 7.2 innings pitched, but he’s nothing more than an innings eater out of the ‘pen. Last year, Herndon was 1-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 45 relief outings, throwing 57 innings while striking out 39 and walking 24.
He is 2-8 with a 3.85 ERA in his major league career and a 1.81 strikeout to walk ratio that suggests he really isn’t much more than an adequate major league reliever. Herndon was formerly a fifth round pick of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2006 MLB amateur draft and made his big league debut in 2010 with the Phillies.
In other injury news, Michael Stutes still isn’t ready to come off the disabled list and Jose Contreras is out for the year, meaning the Phillies have really seen a hit to their right-handed relief pitchers. Other than Jonathan Papelbon, the top right-handed relievers are Chad Qualls and Michael Schwimer, with rookie B.J. Rosenberg as the only other right-handed option in the entire bullpen. Herndon was a dime a dozen pitcher last year but this year he would have been one of the better options for the Phillies had he been healthy.