Following tonight’s 8-0 thumping of the Washington Nationals, the Philadelphia Phillies have announced that both Joe Savery and Jake Diekman will be demoted to the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
The moves will allow the team to activate both Nate Schierholz and Josh Lindblom in time for tomorrow night’s contest. Each player was acquired today in separate trades that saw the Phillies rid themselves of both center fielder Shane Victorino and right fielder Hunter Pence. Schierholz is a corner outfielder who will fill in at both left and right field, and Lindblom instantly becomes the top non-closing right-handed option out of a bullpen that has struggled immensely all season.
With Savery and Diekman sent to the minors, that leaves Antonio Bastardo and Jeremy Horst as the lone left-handers out of the ‘pen. Bastardo (5.08 ERA, 5.1 BB/9) has struggled all season as he tries to regain the form that made him one of the league’s most unhittable pitchers in 2011. Horst was acquired in the Wilson Valdez trade over the offseason, and he has a 0.90 ERA and 10.8 K/9 rate in 10 innings since being called up from Triple-A.
Savery is a dime a dozen left-hander who has just a 5.40 ERA in the major leagues, but the demotion of Diekman is surprising. He has struggled at times so far this season, especially with his control (6.4 BB/9) but he also has a ton of potential, as he has a 12.2 K/9 rate in his first 21.1 major league innings.